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The subtitle of the recent book “Dark Money” is “The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Is there a cabal of billionaires who are secretly spending … more
One of my proudest accomplishments in the Pennsylvania Senate was passage of Act 16 of 2016, which will bring medical cannabis to Pennsylvania. My goal has been — and continues to be — giving … more
Students and parents in the 106th District can breathe a small sigh of relief as they head back to school for the 2017-18 academic year. Thanks to a new development at the state level, students will … more
For many, climate change represents a distant threat, but the future is now.  If you have a 10-year-old child or grandchild, that youngster will reach his or her mid-30s when, according to … more
“They’re back!!” That’s what we used to say when we lived in East Lansing, Michigan, and about 40,000 students would return to attend classes at Michigan State University … more
The chaos that descended upon the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has widened the already gaping tear in our national discourse. What was supposed to be a rally to protest … more
When it rains, stormwater will go two places. First it will try to infiltrate into the soil to replenish the groundwater. However, if the rainfall rate is higher than the infiltration rate, flows … more
Asset forfeitures are civil proceedings that allow law enforcement to take possession of the property of certain persons suspected of crime. Drug arrests are the most common examples of seizures: … more
Thank the Almighty that there are still a few good men and women who are loyal to the Constitution. Loyalty is serious. It is a commitment to a person, a cause or an idea even when it contradicts … more
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson called for political freedom in the Declaration of Independence. In that same year, and in support of that political freedom, Adam Smith called for economic freedom and an … more
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