A bug’s life

A bug’s life

Pennsylvania’s bloated, expensive legislature is an evergreen topic for editorial writers and political cartoonists. There’s rarely a better time to address the subject than when the governor introduces his budget proposals, an occasion usually accompanied...
Passing the torch

Passing the torch

State House Speaker Mike Turzai announced this week that he won’t run for re-election. So who’ll be next to lead the GOP in partisan budget brinksmanship while kowtowing to the gas-drilling industry?
Fiction becomes fact

Fiction becomes fact

The Pennsylvania general assembly — most notably its Republican senate and house majorities — has become an incubator for some of the nation’s more strident anti-abortion bills. The most recent measure would require, among other things, death...
Thanks for everything

Thanks for everything

State Sen. John Yudichak has spent the last two decades truffling for Democratic dollars as one of that body’s representatives for Luzerne County. His out-of-the-blue decision to leave the party, register as an independent, caucus with the Republican majority,...
Doctors’ orders

Doctors’ orders

The Pennsylvania Medical Association — the well-funded organization representing the interests of doctors statewide — has come out with both barrels blazing against Senate Bill 25, a measure that would allow advanced-degree nurses to operate a practice not...