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Do I hear a second? A contrarian nominates new directors for Keystone Progress

By Colin Mcnickle
Thank you, Keystone Progress; I haven’t laughed this hard in years. In fact, the last time I chortled, guffawed and, yes, even snorted the same way came many years ago at the expense of a local advertising agency. Some poor public ...

The worst of ‘the most’

By Colin Mcnickle
T he most bizarre quote of the week comes from Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Dave Brumfield. In discussing ways in which the South Hills community might more prudently cull an exploding deer population long a dire threat to flora and fenders ...

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If only a few ‘blackguards’ had run for Pennsylvania governor

By Colin Mcnickle
It is wholly cynical to suggest that Pennsylvanians have no good choice in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. At least that’s what critics of cynicism seem to be saying, not to mention the campaigns of Toms Corbett and Wolf. After all, they ...

Notes on the state of things

By Colin Mcnickle
It’s the latest outrageous example of the regulatory state run amok: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted last week to release the proprietary ride data information of Lyft, one of two ride-sharing services that regulators are hellbent on shutting down. ...

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. Mr. Costa, ...

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 it ...

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