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    Tue, December 12, 2017

    Wolf's Re-election Chances

    Will Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf win a second term in the rapidly approaching 2018 statewide election? Or will he become another “one term Tom,” losing his bid for a second term, as ...

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    Wed, October 25, 2017

    Judicial Roulette

    Pennsylvania’s Great Game of Judicial Roulette

    Are you good with names? Try these.

    Carolyn Nichols, Maria McLaughlin, Deborah ...

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    Mon, August 28, 2017

    Millennials Matter

    They have arrived. "Millennials" the largest age cohort in American history is now pushing 80 million. They were born roughly between 1982 and 2000. (There is no precise agreement on this.) ...

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    Wed, August 09, 2017

    The Next Election

    Pennsylvania sage Ben Franklin once assured us that death and taxes were the only certainties; if Franklin were still among us, he surely would have added mid-term election angst to his list of sure ...

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    Thu, May 18, 2017

    Times Are Changing

    Medical Marijuana laws have been enacted in 29 states and the District of Columbia, and 21 states have decriminalized marijuana in a variety of ways. Unthinkable even a decade ago, eight states and ...

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    Mon, February 27, 2017

    F&M Poll: PA on Wrong Track

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    Thu, September 01, 2016

    F&M Poll: Clinton Up by 7%

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 25th year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania


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    Thu, August 18, 2016

    Rise and Fall of Kathleen Kane

    The breathtakingly rapid rise and agonizingly slow decline of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane mercifully ended Wednesday August 17th with her resignation one day after her conviction on ...

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    Thu, August 04, 2016

    Clinton Surges to 11-point Lead in PA

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 25th year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the August 2016, Franklin ~Marshall ...

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    Mon, August 01, 2016

    Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    Historically Americans have complained that elections offer little real choice between presidential candidates or policies. Democrats and Republicans look much alike, act much alike and govern much ...

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    Sat, July 02, 2016

    The Unpopular Vote

    What matters in a presidential election, and what will matter in the 2016 election?

    This simple question has produced a virtual cornucopia of theories, suppositions and hypothesis, all ...

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    Thu, June 16, 2016

    Trump's Keys to the Keystone State

    Two questions dominate all others as the fall presidential campaign begins in Pennsylvania. Can the GOP win in Pennsylvania in 2016? If so, how do they do it?

    The answer to the first - ...

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    Thu, June 02, 2016

    A Third Party - Will it Matter?

    Billionaire, ex-New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg flirted with one.

    Mitt Romney still wants one as does Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, influential blogger ...

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    Fri, May 13, 2016

    The GOP's Real Dilemma

    What has happened to the GOP — and what should be done about it?

    Clearly the party is on the precipice of a disaster. But it's a precipice familiar in the history of American ...

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    Thu, April 21, 2016

    That Other Election April 26th

    That Other Election on April 26th

    In the age of "Trump-Mania" and "Bernie-Mania," the often ignored and highly underrated Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, April 12, 2016

    PA Presidential Primary: What Matters

    Some forty states have already voted in the presidential primary.

    Finally, the presidential nomination campaigns move to the Northeast. New York votes on April 19th and five more ...

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    Wed, March 23, 2016

    PA GOP Delegation: Kingmaker?

    A Kingmaker?

    On April 26 the voters of Pennsylvania finally get their say in the 2016 train wreck more formally known as the Republican presidential nomination process.

    The ...

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    Thu, March 10, 2016

    Does GOP Need a Fusion Ticket?

    Super Tuesday the singular evolved into "Super Tuesdays" the plural, even coming to be called Super One, Super Two, etc. By this metric the primaries of March 1 and March 8 were Super One ...

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    Wed, March 02, 2016

    The GOP's Painful Dilemma

    Baring some unforeseen circumstances, the presidential nomination contests are over. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the respective nominees of their parties.

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    Thu, February 18, 2016

    The Fall of Kathleen Kane

    Attorney General Kathleen Kane's abrupt announcement that she would not seek a second term almost certainly writes finis - both on her political career, and on Harrisburg's long running soap opera ...

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    Wed, February 10, 2016

    Our Quadrennial Lunacy

    Polls reveal it, politicians exploit it, and voters confirm it. Americans are angry — very angry. Indeed, voter anger may be the driving force in the 2016 presidential contest.

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    Thu, January 28, 2016

    Franklin ~Marshall Poll

    Findings from the Latest Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 25th consecutive year of polling ...

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    Fri, January 22, 2016

    The Decline of Ticket-Splitting

    In electoral politics, the things that most matter are too frequently obscured by the things that most entertain. This isn't new or novel in American political campaigns where the raw, sensational ...

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    Tue, December 22, 2015

    A 'Brokered' GOP Convention?

    It's the dream of every political junkie and the nightmare of every presidential campaign: a "brokered "convention that forces the nomination fight beyond the first ballot. But nightmare or ...

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    Thu, December 10, 2015

    The Matters of 2016

    Predicating what will happen in the 2016 election cycle looks like a fool's errand. Virtually every expert has been wrong so far.

    The Republican presidential nomination contest, with ...

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    Tue, November 17, 2015

    What the GOP Really Lost in 2015

    Much attention has focused on the Democrats historic sweep of Pennsylvania's judicial offices in November's recent statewide election — in particular the unprecedented victories in three open ...

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    Thu, October 29, 2015

    Trump, Carson Lead in PA

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 25th consecutive year of polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the October ...

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    Mon, August 31, 2015

    How Liberal is Tom Wolf?

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    Fri, August 07, 2015

    The Tragedy of Kathleen Kane

    What to think about the precipitous fall of Attorney General Kathleen Kane - one the New York Times has labeled "the swiftest and steepest in memory, even in a state where corruption in politics ...

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    Mon, August 03, 2015

    PA's Expatriate Presidential Candidates

    It's a mystery!

    How does a state long a political colossus in presidential politics fail so dismally, election after election to produce presidential aspirants?

    Pennsylvania's ...

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    Tue, July 07, 2015

    PA Death Penalty Lingers

    Today it's pensions, liquor privatization and educational funding. These white-hot issues pervade the policy debate in Pennsylvania, sucking so much political oxygen out of the air that other issues ...

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    Tue, June 23, 2015

    Will PA Matter in 2016?

    It's been a long 40 years!

    Not since 1976 has Pennsylvania really mattered in a presidential primary for either major party. This irrelevance has not been caused by competing presidential ...

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    Mon, June 08, 2015

    Budgets: Good, Bad ~Ugly

    June, that most beautiful of months, is associated with some of life's larger pleasures: the beginning of summer, annual vacations, school graduations, Fathers' Day, June brides–and, of course, ...

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    Mon, May 18, 2015

    Toomey at the Gate

    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is running for his first reelection since his victory in 2010 probably against Joe Sestak (D). It's bound to be one of the most interesting U.S. Senate races of 2016.

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    Wed, April 29, 2015

    Kane: Part of a Bigger Problem

    Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general, is having some bad days. A year ago she was the toast of state politics, in 2012 becoming the first women and first Democrat to win the ...

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    Mon, March 23, 2015

    RIP: School Property Tax

    Governors propose and legislatures dispose.

    That particular political adage could be one that Tom Wolf, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, might ponder as he ...

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    Thu, March 05, 2015

    Wolf Budget Breaks New Ground

    Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once famously observed, "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's new budget ...

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    Thu, February 12, 2015

    Philly to Host Dem National Convention

    It's official. Philadelphia has been selected to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention scheduled to begin July 25th, 2016.

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    Mon, January 26, 2015

    Romney's Ghosts of Elections Past

    Much chatter amid even more controversy has met the news that Mitt Romney may be running again for president. Whether he should or shouldn't, whether he will or won't are questions to be answered ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2015

    First Impressions

    In Politics First Impressions Don't Always Matter

    Bet on it!

    Governor-elect Tom Wolf is going to have a rough first year in office. He faces ...

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    Wed, December 17, 2014

    2015: Challenge ~Change in Keystone State

    In 2014, Pennsylvania selected a new governor, rejected an old governor, and voted decisively to be indecisive about which party should control state government - overwhelmingly handing the executive ...

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    Thu, December 11, 2014

    The Age of Tom Wolf

    It's not often that someone's greatest wish and worst nightmare occur at the same time, but for Governor-elect Tom Wolf both are fated to occur the same day, hour and minute. January 20th 2015 will ...

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    Tue, November 18, 2014

    Is the Eight Year Cycle Dead?

    Elections always leave some unfinished business. Tom Wolf's historic win over incumbent Tom Corbett is no exception. Why Wolf won has been discussed widely and fully analyzed. The remaining ...

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    Wed, November 05, 2014

    Death from a Thousand Cuts

    The historic scope of Tom Corbett's loss on Tuesday must be understood to place it in any meaningful perspective. In losing to Democrat Tom Wolf, he became the first Pennsylvania governor in 40 years ...

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    Mon, November 03, 2014

    One Day, Many Elections

    How many gubernatorial elections will Pennsylvania hold this November? A trick question? Yes, sort of — but the question reveals an important and too little recognized characteristic of state ...

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    Thu, October 23, 2014

    A Tie in the U.S. Senate?

    Think things can't get any worse with the approval rating of Congress polling as low as a 7 percent while national problems pile up and an increasingly dysfunctional House and Senate continue to set ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2014

    PA's Odd Fellows: Corruption and Reform

    To address both corruption and reform in the same article about Pennsylvania presents a certain linguistic irony. The latter, corruption, has been among the most common terms used to describe ...

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    Wed, September 24, 2014

    The Three-D Election

    What is the biggest problem facing America today?

    Certainly, there is a long litany to choose from: foreign wars, corrupt politicians, out-of-control spending, a ...

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    Wed, September 10, 2014

    A Tale of Two Men and Two Elections

    He had never held an elective office; yet, he won the Democratic primary against formidable opposition, even though he was not endorsed by his own political party.

    A successful ...

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    Wed, August 06, 2014

    A Romney Redux

    Is Mitt Romney becoming the once and future GOP nominee for president? Six months ago such a question might have been met with a polite smile or an elevated eyebrow.

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    Mon, July 28, 2014

    Give 'em Hell Tom

    "Running against Harrisburg" is a popular strategy. Most modern gubernatorial candidates seeking a first term, including incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, have "run against Harrisburg." ...

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    Mon, July 14, 2014

    Corbett's Last Stand

    It's a trite but true political aphorism: "where you stand depends on where you sit," meaning we tend to see things differently depending on what perspective ...

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    Thu, June 26, 2014

    Real Question About the Budget

    People are asking lots of good questions lately about Pennsylvania's proposed 2014/2015 budget. But few are raising what may be the most urgent question of all: why are state revenues down this ...

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    Tue, June 17, 2014

    The Rodney Dangerfield Office

    Rodney Dangerfield, a popular American comedian best known for his iconic catchphrase: "I don't get no respect," was never Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, but he would have been right ...

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    Tue, June 03, 2014

    Tom Wolf's Real Opponent

    Newly nominated Democrat Tom Wolf thinks he is running against Republican incumbent Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania governor. And he is. But he is also running against history -- a lot of it -- all ...

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    Wed, May 21, 2014

    The All of the Above Election

    Before Election Day, the outcome is unknown while the possibilities are numerous. Post-election, we know exactly what happened. The problem is to make some sense of it.

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    Thu, May 15, 2014

    Elections and Choices

    Politically Uncorrected
    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    Many Republicans who show up on May 20 to vote in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary will ...

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    Wed, May 14, 2014

    Poll: Wolf Dominates Democrat Governor Race

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 23rd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the May 2014, Franklin ~Marshall ...

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    Thu, May 08, 2014

    Pennsylvania's D-Day

    "D-day," June 6, 1944, was the never-to-be-forgotten day allied forces launched the crucial Normandy invasion that ultimately defeated Hitler and ended World War II in Europe. In fact, this ...

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    Tue, April 15, 2014

    A Good Start

    Still more than a month away, the hotly contested Democratic primary is finally moving into high gear. Over the next several weeks, Pennsylvania voters will be treated (if that's the word) to a ...

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    Tue, April 01, 2014

    The Other Race for Governor

    It may surprise some to hear that not one but two gubernatorial campaigns are under way in the Keystone state. One of them, of course, is the red hot Democratic race now featuring four candidates, ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    Lt. Governor Race Matters

    Normally, primary contests for lieutenant governor are quiet affairs, given little thought by voters and not much more by party leaders. It's not that candidates don't lust after the nomination. ...

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    Tue, February 25, 2014

    Game Changer or Game Over?

    Is he a game changer or is his game merely over?

    After the late entry of Jack Wagner, no question looms larger, at the moment, in the Democratic gubernatorial ...

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    PA's Evolving Governor

    Opponents call it "flip-flopping," but "changing positions" might be a more neutral description. Regardless, either term is about as popular with practicing politicians as term ...

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    Thu, January 30, 2014

    F&M Poll

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 23rd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the ...

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    Mon, January 27, 2014

    What Mattes in 2014

    Pennsylvania stands at the edge of an historical moment. For the first time in modern state history, a large-field of competitive gubernatorial candidates awaits an impending spring primary battle ...

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    Mon, January 13, 2014

    Be Careful What You Wish For

    As we race toward the halfway mark of the new decade, politics in Pennsylvania remains uncertain. Long the quintessential competitive two-party state, Republicans have now lost a record setting six ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Raising Kane in PA

    As one year ends and another begins, one thing is crystal clear: some particular Cain was raised in Keystone state politics this past year; and the particular Kane to which we refer was one Kathleen ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    The Elephant in the Room

    It wasn't a "big "story. In fact, the article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last June received little follow-up and even less attention. That's unfortunate — because it's a ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    Rocky Road to Camelot

    "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." These lyrical lines from the musical "Camelot" were among ...

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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    PA's Bad Penny

    It's baack! Indeed, it never went away.

    The "it" here is Pennsylvania's perpetual debate over property tax reform, a debate in modern times that traces to the early 1970s. ...

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    Thu, October 31, 2013

    F&M Poll: Corbett Numbers Remain Low

    Franklin Marshall College Poll

    The 23rd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the ...

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    Thu, October 24, 2013

    An American Problem

    Our federal government is not working. In truth, it has not been working for some time. In the voguish jargon of the ubiquitous pundit, it has become it "dysfunctional." More bluntly it's ...

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    Tue, October 01, 2013

    Are PA Dems too Optimistic?

    It's the worst kept secret in state politics.

    As Pennsylvania's 2014 gubernatorial election approaches, GOP incumbent Tom Corbett looms as the weakest incumbent in ...

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    Thu, September 12, 2013

    Will They or Won't They?

    Will they or won't they? That is the central question before Pennsylvania lawmakers as they return from their long summer break. Will the Republican-controlled legislature finally pass any of ...

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    Wed, August 28, 2013

    Right Problem, Wrong Solution

    Pennsylvania may be, as one wit put it, "the place where all good reforms go to die," but this well-deserved characterization of the Keystone state doesn't mean reform proposals are scarce. ...

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    Mon, July 22, 2013

    Quit Expecting Corbett to Quit

    A failed attempt at Tom Corbett's legislative agenda, a long and likely hot summer underway, a single question now dominates many Harrisburg political conversations: when will Tom Corbett quit? When ...

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    Sat, July 06, 2013

    A House Divided

    Most attention in the bruising battle to adopt the recently enacted Pennsylvania
    budget focused on whether the state budget passed on time. It did.

    But a ...

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    Wed, June 26, 2013

    Corbett's Testing Time

    Whatever one thinks of Governor Tom Corbett -- whether you like him or not; think he's been a good governor or not; favor him to win a second term or not -- almost everyone agrees the few remaining ...

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    Fri, June 07, 2013

    Death, Taxes and Penn State

    "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin bequeathed this familiar wisdom to us in 1789, after a long life of learning and ...

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    Thu, May 16, 2013

    Not Your Grandfather's PA

    When asked to describe Pennsylvania, Washington political consultant James Carville, who helped elect Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey and U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, once declared that the state was ...

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    Wed, May 08, 2013

    F&M Poll: Corbett Postitive 25%

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the May 2013 ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    The Toomey Matter

    No one yet has called him "Benedict Toomey" but make no mistake: many conservatives view his recent effort to broker a gun compromise as a stunning act of perfidy.

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    Thu, March 14, 2013

    The Real GOP Problem

    A cottage industry lately has grown up among writers eager to offer both diagnosis and prognosis for the problems facing the Republican Party. The party, we hear, is in deep trouble, perhaps on the ...

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    Thu, February 28, 2013

    The Democrats' 'Nobody' Problem

    "You don't beat somebody with nobody." That familiar old maxim expresses a very modern political truth. Well-known candidates tend to win elections running against unknown candidates. The ...

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    Thu, February 07, 2013

    F&M Poll: Corbett Postive 26%

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the February, ...

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    Mon, February 04, 2013

    Corbett Crossing the Rubicon

    Do we really learn more from our mistakes than our successes?

    If we do, then Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett should be a virtual font of learning about now. Not ...

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    Tue, January 22, 2013

    A Bad Gamble?

    "A roll of the dice" one would-be wit called it. Others have described it in considerably less family friendly terms. But, however, described, it's described a lot. Indeed, it's been widely ...

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    Mon, January 07, 2013

    Corbett: Doing Right Thing for Wrong Reason

    It was a shocker. And it grabbed headlines, not just in Pennsylvania but
    across the nation. Governor Tom Corbett in an abrupt turnabout is suing the
    NCAA for sanctions imposed on Penn State ...

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    Wed, December 26, 2012

    In 2013 Expect the Unexpected

    In 2012, Pennsylvania had quite a year, not a year everyone will want to remember, but certainly a year few will be able to forget. Consider some of the highlights of a year filled with dramatic, ...

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    Mon, December 03, 2012

    Corbett's Chancy Re-Election

    Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett expresses himself clearly on the subject: he has "no plans to break" Pennsylvania's vaunted "tradition" of reelecting incumbent governors to a ...

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    Wed, November 14, 2012

    Handicapping 2014 Governor Race

    Pennsylvanians might reasonably expect that the political world would take a breather from campaigns following almost two years of non-stop presidential campaigning. After running nationally more ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    Pennsylvania: Game On!

    Old Conventional Wisdom: Pennsylvania is a state Democrats have won five presidential elections in a row: in 2012, it's safe for Obama and out of reach for Romney.

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    Wed, October 31, 2012

    F&M PA Poll: O 49 R 45

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the October ...

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    Mon, October 22, 2012

    All Over Again

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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    The Great Debate Show

    Here it comes.

    Beginning on October 3 and continuing through October 22, the rapidly closing 2012 presidential campaign will host of series of fall debates. The ...

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    Wed, September 26, 2012

    F ~M Polls Post Obama PA Lead at 9%

    ** Franklin ~Marshall College Poll
    The 21st year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below ...

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    Tue, September 25, 2012

    Candidate Romney

    Mitt Romney is not a great candidate!

    This, of course, is no news bulletin. In fact, Romney's ineptness is a topic that now dominates the political dialogue during ...

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    Tue, September 18, 2012

    Electoral College Roulette

    In this most contentious election year, one proposition looms not at all contentious: few disagree that America faces a host of imposing challenges--both foreign and domestic. But while we clearly ...

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    Mon, September 10, 2012

    Conventional Wisdom

    Let's say it clearly. The Democrats had a good convention, one clearly reflected in a respectable post-convention bounce — the Republicans, not so much.

    Not ...

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    Fri, August 10, 2012

    Conventions Won't Matter, But Debates Might

    The endless campaign, also known as the 2012 American presidential
    election, isn't quite ending yet. But as Churchill might have put it,
    we have at least reached the beginning of ...

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    Thu, August 02, 2012

    If Romney Wins, Does Corbett Lose?

    Ironies abound in politics. Some are amusing; others are just bizarre. But few top the one now brewing in the Keystone State. Paradoxically enough, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett seeking to ...

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    Mon, July 23, 2012

    Why Obama Can't Win -- But Romney Could Lose

    It's known as Ockham's razor.

    Attributed to 14th-century philosopher William of Ockham, it advocates seeking the simplest explanation necessary to make sense of things. The popular ...

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    Wed, June 06, 2012

    F&M Polls Finds Obama Leads PA by 12%

    Franklin ~Marshall College POll

    The 21st year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the June 2012 ...

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    Tue, May 29, 2012

    Pennsylvania's Crisis

    These days, the word "crisis" has become a tedious clich, much overused and abused by those for whom every problem becomes a looming catastrophe. But the unparalleled challenges now ...

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    Thu, May 17, 2012

    America's Sick Public Sector

    The economic statistics are widely reported. The private sector of America's still-fragile economy is recovering, albeit slowly. The still-volatile stock market is near post-recession highs, with the ...

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    Thu, April 26, 2012

    Not Everyone's Cup of Tea

    Even if one doesn't buy tea, drink tea, or even like tea, the well-steeped tea leaves from Pennsylvania's April 24th presidential primary still make for some fascinating reading. Together they ...

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    Thu, April 05, 2012

    Santorum's Last Stand

    It wasn't supposed to happen this way.

    The Pennsylvania primary scheduled for April 24th was to be Rick Santorum's triumphal return - celebrating his resurgence in ...

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    Wed, March 21, 2012

    The Rise of Rick Santorum

    Irony abounds for Pennsylvania's upcoming April 24 Republican presidential primary. The greatest perhaps is that Rick Santorum, a former state politician brutally dumped by voters just six ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    A Choice Between the Truely Bad and Merely Awful

    In Greek mythology it's known as being between Scylla and Charybdis. Logicians sometimes call it Morton's Fork. And ordinary folks refer to it as finding oneself between a rock and a hard place or ...

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    Tue, February 14, 2012

    Rick Santorum: Why He Lost PA

    Rick Santorum: Why he lost Pennsylvania ~What it Means

    Why did he lose so badly? And what does it mean now?

    These two inextricably linked ...

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    Tue, January 31, 2012

    The Costs of Combat

    Among Republicans, it's axiomatic: Protracted presidential primary battles in the spring tend to hurt the party's chances for victory in the fall.

    This year, however, that hoary maxim ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    What Does Rick Santorum Really Want?

    Rick Santorum's startling surge in Iowa to a near-first-place finish has stunned much of the political world. Governor Romney called it a "virtual tie," and a virtual tie it was. For ...

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    Tue, December 27, 2011

    Corbett's Rookie Year

    One year ago, Governor Tom Corbett entered office in the midst of a stubborn recession, riding a tough no-new-taxes pledge and pushing an ambitious reform agenda. As Corbett prepares to begin his ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Dilworth, Clark ~Reform in Philadelphia

    By John McLarnon and G. Terry Madonna

    Philadelphia has not always been governed by rapacious career politicians. Between the Revolution and eve of the Civil War, ...

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    Mon, December 12, 2011

    Runningmate Rouillette

    The Wall Street Journal, normally no admirer of Barack Obama, nevertheless is proffering some advice for the embattled president. Drop Joe Biden from the 2012 ticket and replace him with Secretary of ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Why Obama Could Win, And Probably Won't

    Why Obama could win Why He Probably Won't

    As the 2012 presidential election looms ever closer, two hard facts confront American politics. The first is that Barack ...

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    Wed, November 09, 2011

    'Occupy,' Tea Party, Define 2012 Elections

    The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements are defining the terms of debate for the upcoming presidential election. The 2012 election could very well turn on which movement generates a more ...

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    Mon, October 31, 2011

    Raising Cain

    Is Herman Cain going to win the GOP nomination? Maybe! Must he now be taken seriously as a credible candidate for that nomination? Unquestionably!

    Leading or in second place in ...

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    Wed, October 05, 2011

    Are Republicans Flipping Their Wigs?

    Some articles make a point; this simply raises one. Why are national Republicans having such a hard time finding a presidential candidate that can beat Obama?

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    Fri, September 30, 2011

    Casey Odds for 2012

    There are two distinct points of view on the subject.

    One asserts that he is in trouble in 2012, running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in a state now hostile ...

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    Fri, September 16, 2011

    A Really Bad Idea

    We pose a hypothetical question. Suppose a certain state, long a political power in national politics, was beginning to lose some of its clout, as its population growth slowed. Once the second ...

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    Fri, September 02, 2011

    F~M Poll: Nobama

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The Franklin ~Marshall College Poll...the 20th consecutive year of polling in Pennsylvania.

    The latest Franklin ...

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    Fri, August 19, 2011

    Divided We Fall

    The troubling questions assail us in a seemingly unending assault on our national equilibrium. Is America in trouble? Why does our economy seem to be collapsing? Why do our politicians fail us? What ...

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    Thu, August 04, 2011

    The Age of Ideology

    The country's traumatic "debt crisis" may be over, but it's far from gone. The aftermath of the months-long imbroglio still lingers as we assess the harm done to the nation's fiscal image, ...

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    Tue, June 14, 2011

    Does It Matter?

    According to an old cliché, there are nodumb questions. But we're asking one that might seem dumb–one that challenges some cherished assumptions about politics, presidents, and ...

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    Wed, June 01, 2011

    GOP Field Weak or Obama Strong?

    It's an enduring puzzle.

    On the one hand, Barack Obama seems like a big fat target for his political enemies. Some 18 months before the next election, his job approval ratings remain low, ...

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    It's Foreign Policy, Stupid

    May Day 2011!

    It will always be remembered as the day Americans learned that archfiend, terrorist-in-chief, Osama bin Laden was dead. Millions rejoiced,rightly, at the death of the very ...

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    Thu, April 28, 2011

    F&M Releases National Poll Results

    For immediate release Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Please find attached and below the results of the April, 2011 Franklin ~Marshall College National Poll produced at ...

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    Mon, April 25, 2011

    One Term Tom? Maybe Not!

    Politically Uncorrected
    By G. Terry Madonna Michael L. Young
    The news hasn¹t been good.

    Indeed it¹s been downright ominous. Tom Corbett¹s political stock has ...

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    Wed, April 13, 2011

    How to Run for Presidednt

    It's been a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. How does Pennsylvania do it? How does a state that has long been a political colossus in national elections and hugely important in presidential ...

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    Fri, April 01, 2011

    GOP Herd Gathers

    Some of the names are familiar–Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich, Paul, Trump. Others are less familiar–Bachman, Barbour, Pawlenty, Daniels, Santorum. While still others are largely ...

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