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The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed my and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s Senate Bill 8 to reform Pennsylvania’s asset forfeiture laws. Asset forfeitures are civil proceedings … more
The basic idea of corruption is decay, disintegration and a debased morality. In politics, corruption is dishonest behavior for personal gain, but it can be much more. Sometimes we treat … more
And the winner is ... Lenin Moreno, the new president-elect of Ecuador. Finally! After the initial election and then the run-off election between the two top candidates, Moreno emerged victorious … more
Brexit, the vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, is not the catastrophe that people seem to think it is. The European Union-watchers would have you believe that the departure of … more
In Lewis Carroll’s classic wonderland tale, Alice famously asks the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want … more
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently struck down some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing statutes because they did not require the commonwealth to prove the elements triggering the … more
You have to hand it to the nuclear industry for socializing costs and privatizing profits. Last year, lobbyists for operators of dirty, deadbeat old reactors won massive public subsidies — bailouts … more
When I was in school, I did a research paper on the wild mustang horses living on the Western plains of the United States. I found statistics on the numbers of horses and how that had changed over … more
Over the past eight years, the Obama presidency, the Democratic Party has gone into a descendancy. In just eight years, the Democrats lost the House, the Senate, the presidency and now almost … more
You win some, you lose some, and then you really lose some.Donald Trump, the Manhattan real estate maven who escaped bankruptcy unscathed multiple times and improbably robbed the political elite of … more
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