Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

  by Walter Brasch The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Usually, the award goes … Continue reading

Republican Mixed Messages on ‘Fact-Checking’

And what does this actually tell us? That A) Republicans are CERTAIN that they could not win a fair election or a fair argument and B) that they are actually AGAINST democracy. Continue reading

Voter ID Laws: Could They Backfire?

Although Democrats and progressives worry that a net of restrictive state-level voter ID laws could prevent millions of Democratic-leaning voters from casting ballots this fall, the national outcry against these new measures could at least blunt their effect. Indeed, have these laws — usually enacted in states controlled by Republican … Continue reading

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

  by WALTER and ROSEMARY BRASCH   In January 2009, with a new president about to be inaugurated, we wrote a column about the stories we preferred not having to write, but knew we would. Three years later, we are still writing about those problems; three years from now, we’ll … Continue reading