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This week, Donald Trump presented his pitch to the American people for a second term. It was an unhinged experience. The Republican Party couldn’t be bothered to put together a platform. They couldn’t be bothered to offer up any actual policy planks, other than surrounding their cult leader with praise and tying to anoint the next D-list family member for the presidency. Donald Trump has encouraged treason against the United States. Yet the base still refuses to break from a suicide cult (both figuratively and literally) of Americans refusing to wear masks and maintaining social distancing. There are sixty-six days until Election Day. The polls are tightening, with some Americans deciding to go down the path of an authoritarian man, who wants to be America’s last and final president. Trump…

Perhaps the only thing more heartbreaking than the string of child cancer cases in Washington County in recent years is the total lack of accountability by the region’s elected officials. A quick look at the political landscape makes it easy to understand why. State Senator Camera Bartolotta and State Representatives Jason Ortitay and Tim O’Neal all owe their political existence to campaign money from the oil and gas industry, with O’Neal even working in the industry before being elected. Not surprisingly, they collectively assumed the mantle as ardent defenders of the companies operating in and around their districts. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in response to the public outcry over the cancer cluster in Washington County. Bartolotta, Ortitay, and O’Neal: The Oil and Gas Industry’s Three Stooges The…

The chief frustration among Democrats regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump, aside from his brazen disregard for the law, is his unprecedented stonewalling. By ignoring lawfully issued subpoenas and refusing to allow members of his administration to testify before Congress, Trump has effectively forced Democrats into a political corner. Waiting for the battle to play out in the courts will take longer than the limited timeline of 2020 will allow. Moving forward without the “smoking gun” that undoubtedly lies somewhere within Trump’s Fortress of Criminal Solitude leaves room for Trump sycophants to defend him and muddy the political waters. Both paths seem to lead to a place that allows Trump to proclaim victory not based on the substance of the allegations, but on his continuous and unprecedented disregard for…

One of the cardinal rules for Thanksgiving dinner in recent years is to avoid talking about politics at family gatherings. In fact, the concept of the racist Drunk Uncle is now equally identifiable with Thanksgiving as cranberry sauce, with the common denominator being that nobody wants to put either of them anywhere near their mouth. But if you’re looking for some cutesy Buzzfeed-style garbage about “navigating politics at Thanksgiving”, look elsewhere. This year, with some notable exceptions we’ll discuss shortly, you need to talk about politics with your family at Thanksgiving. Here’s why. A Country Divided (Like Crazy Divided) Not only is America now more divided than any time in recent history, but our ability to pick and choose our news sources based on our political biases also leaves us…

As has been widely touted by Camera Chatham Bartolotta, Goose in the Gallows received a “cease and desist” email from her attorney, Matthew Haverstick of the Philadelphia law firm Kleinbard LLC/ This notice comes in response to the article we published several days ago regarding questions about the potential use of taxpayer-funded resources for political purposes, specifically email addresses submitted to Bartolotta’s official website showing up on campaign mailing lists.   To be blunt, this threat by Senator Bartolotta is utter nonsense, and we are treating it as such. But instead of restating our points and in the sake of transparency, here is the response we sent to Mr. Haverstick upon receiving their initial threat. At this time we have no further comment on this issue and plan on focusing…

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…

Donna and Michael Nicholson’s donation wasn’t about making sure Tammy Baldwin has enough cash to buy all the lawn signs she needs; it was about publicly embarrassing and humiliating their son, and it was totally uncalled for. The donation was not an endorsement of political policies; it was an indictment of their son’s character. As a candidate, how do you possibly respond to your parents contributing to your political opponent?

The Republican Field Now that the dust has settled on the Tim Murphy scandal (and the ink is dry on his resignation from Congress), the hunt is officially on to replace him in the 18th Congressional District. As part of our long-form project, 18th in ’18: Congressional Clusterf*ck, we are going to provide in-depth analysis of the district, the candidates, and amazingly enough, the issues. Today we begin with a rundown of the announced Republican candidates. At first glance, the path to the Republican nomination looks to be the most treacherous. The field is filled with current Republican elected officials who are colleagues in Harrisburg but will be combatants in the campaign. For many, this will be the first time on the receiving end of a brutal political machine that…