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Let it be noted ...

By Colin Mcnickle
The first rule of political jousting is to not remove your breastplate and turn on that neon sign flashing “Begin disembowelment here.” Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery apparently never opened the rule book. Mr. Justice McCaffery apologized last week …

What a ‘don’ is & who a ‘don’ isn’t

By Colin Mcnickle
Jay Costa called it a “(Expletive) ethnic shot.” I responded in expletive kind. The expletives were traded over last Sunday’s column on upstart GOP state Sen. Scott Wagner challenging the arguably questionable leadership of Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. …

This will make Pa. Senate chickens squawk

By Colin Mcnickle
Consider it the most underreported story of the week in Pennsylvania politics with the most significant long-term ramifications. At least on this side of the commonwealth. And, no, that’s not a reference to gubernatorial aide Dennis Roddy putting on his …

Make Tom Wolf run through the weeds, Governor

By Colin Mcnickle
“I don’t want to get into the weeds of the math,” Democrat gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf said during a campaign stop at Canonsburg Middle School in Washington County this month. It was just one of the latest in a regular …

Platinum accents for the golden geese

By Colin Mcnickle
Intellectual pygmies of the tallest order that so many of our elected and appointed “leaders” are, they continue to shovel taxpayer dollars (or dangle them from the Stick of State) to those who have no economic, legal or even moral …

Seriously? Seriously

By Colin Mcnickle
How unserious is the Obama administration about eradicating the terrorist group known as ISIS? So unserious that Secretary of State John Kerry, D-Rosemont Farm, balks at using the word “war” to describe the effort. “If somebody wants to think of …

A time to lead, Gov. Corbett

By Colin Mcnickle
Gov. Tom Corbett told the Trib during a Thursday sit-down that he’ll try a softer approach with legislative leaders in pushing his second-term agenda, should he be re-elected. It’s difficult to see how one can get any softer than comatose. …

A Wolf in pols’ clothing

By Colin Mcnickle
Let it be stipulated that Tom Wolf is a really nice guy. He’s affable, quick to smile and, seeing his greeter sporting a beard — “I didn’t realize you had a beard” — equally quick to share amusing anecdotes about …

The seeds of The State

By Colin Mcnickle 10:39 a.m.
In his seminal 1884 book “The Man Versus The State,” Herbert Spencer reminded that “the liberty which a citizen enjoys is to be measured, not by the nature of the governmental machinery he lives under, whether representative or other, but …

Colin McNickle is on vacation

By Colin Mcnickle
Colin McNickle is on vacation. …

Sayeth the contrarian ...

By Colin Mcnickle
D emocrat gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is one of those pols who never met a tax he didn’t like. He’s even so tax happy that he has proposed a progressive state income tax, which is patently illegal under the Pennsylvania …

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