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With Election Day little more than a week away, a politician posting an endorsement to their social media page is usually no big deal. But in the case of PA State Senator Camera Bartolotta, a Republican seeking her second four-year term in the counties immediately south of Pittsburgh, the timing and source of a particular endorsement raises serious questions regarding anti-semitism and gun-related hate crimes. Bartolotta, who raised eyebrows recently when she protected the rights of gun owners over victims of domestic abuse by casting the lone ‘NAY’ vote on a bipartisan measure to protect victims of domestic violence by securing guns from abusers, may have one-upped herself on Saturday, October 27. At approximately 3:30 PM, mere hours after news of the terrorist shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue…

As the 2018 Election Cycle begins its wind into the homestretch, some Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania State House and Senate will wake up one day in early October to realize those months of planning, personal sacrifice, and hard work will likely not be enough to put their campaigns over the top. Most voters may not understand this, but many campaigns are decided well in advance of Election Day; not by the voters, but by “the Stakeholders” who fund most closely-contested political campaigns. Who are the Stakeholders and why do they matter? It’s not as clandestine as it sounds. In Democratic politics, the stakeholders are composed mainly of labor unions, the legal community and other professional groups that have a vested interest in what happens in the State Legislature. Because most…

The release of the anonymous op/ed in The New York Times from a senior White House official elicited a wide range of responses, including the need for every talking head on cable news to let us know that they’ve “never seen anything like this before,” which is quickly becoming the political equivalent of telling people that you vape. We get it- nobody has seen anything like this before. Enough already. Move on to what matters. We’re watching a coup, people, and serious f*cking business. Adults in the Room? Says Who? The response I found to be particularly disturbing came from Democrats expressing their relief that there are “adults in the room” preventing President Trump from taking any overly destructive actions. The anonymous op/ed states: “So we will do what we can…

As we near the final two months of the 2018 campaign cycle, I thought it appropriate to mention something I have noticed. There are some truly stellar, hard-working, dedicated people busting their asses on campaigns all over Pennsylvania (and every other state) not only helping our candidates but also generating the much-needed energy and enthusiasm necessary for success on Election Day, and I want to take a moment to thank them.   The people I’m talking about specifically are those of you in your 20’s and 30’s. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of you, while others I follow via social media. As someone who has the responsibility of being a husband and parent to my two sons, plus the fact that I was cast into political exile…

Last night, I was catching up on some work and minding my own business when a text message popped up from somebody I had never heard of, who proceeded to lead off the conversation with the words: “I’m pregnant” There aren’t too many things you can text me that will get me to stop in my tracks and devote my undivided attention, but informing me that you’re carrying my unborn child generally ranks pretty high on the short list.  Before we go any further, let’s get a couple of pertinent details out of the way. I had no clue who this person was, for obvious reasons that will be made clear as you read through. There was no possible way her text could have been accurate for multiple reasons. First, the…

Donald Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki is by definition an event of global political importance, but Trump’s demand that the two men meet without anyone else in the room is shocking even by Trump’s standards. The inexplicable affinity Trump has undeniably demonstrated for Putin raises eyebrows in of itself; add in the contradictory statements made and then denied by Trump about British Prime Minister Theresa May in his interview with the Sun newspaper, and you can hear the sound of jaws hitting the floor around the globe. For these reasons, among others, the FBI should plant a surveillance bug on Donald Trump before his secret meeting with Putin. Just slap a microphone under the mountain of scotch tape he uses to hold his tie in…

On Monday at about 7:00 PM, two hours before President Trump was due to announce his pick to the United States Supreme Court, I decided to conduct a quick and highly unscientific experiment. I shot a quick post on the Goose in the Gallows Facebook page stating that Frank Stoosh was about to be named the nominee: The photo is a poorly-done photoshop using the head of one of my best friends from college. I figured there is just no way anyone would actually believe that this joker who nobody has ever heard of (sorry, Stoosh) would be nominated to the United States Supreme Court. I provided no link, no background information, nothing to indicate this was remotely true. Chuckling to myself over the silliness of it all, I went…

Since noted conspiratorial idiot Alex Jones from Infowars is telling everyone about the Second American Civil War the Democrats are planning for July 4, which is obviously totally true, we thought we’d start publishing some of the letters from the front. Here’s Alex Jones with his head inserted in his posterior: BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th https://t.co/38AWiUFaag — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) July 1, 2018 Please, keep these brave patriots in your prayers as they fight for freedom during these horrific times.

As someone who eats and breathes politics, I’m usually pretty quick to offer my take on a story, whether it’s solicited or not. Saying what’s on my mind has never been a problem for me. So as the story of children being detained in cages at the U.S. – Mexico border first broke, I assumed I would sit down at my computer after my kids had gone to bed for the night. The plan was to write a post blasting Trump and his administration for pursuing such a craven policy and then brazenly lying about it. Then I heard the audio of the children, and I realized this was different. The impact of those voices transcends politics as we know it, at least for me. My default emotional state when…

In the days leading up to the 2018 California Primary Election, media outlets became obsessed with the unique “jungle primary” format in regards to determining whether Democrats could successfully pick up enough seats to retake the House of Representatives. After doing a little research, I am convinced that moving to a jungle primary would go a long way towards fixing many systemic institutional problems in Pennsylvania state government. So What Exactly is a Jungle Primary? The most straightforward definition of a jungle primary, technically referred to as a nonpartisan blanket primary, is a primary election open to all voters, but instead of picking a nominee from each of the two major parties, the two candidates with the highest vote totals win. The result is the real possibility (and in some…