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Haggerty helps kill gas tax

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, the Dunmore Democrat who theoretically represents the 112th District in the state House, unilaterally has decided that he doesn’t actually have to go to the Capitol. (read more)

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Release IG’s Stack report

Gov. Tom Wolf took some extraordinary steps last summer when he learned of allegations that Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and his wife had mistreated their state police detail and other state workers. (read more)

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Force parties to play ball

As teachers in the Scranton and Abington Heights school districts prepare to strike after the Christmas break, major league baseball players — including 200 who have contract disputes — are looking forward to spring training. (read more)

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Sanity grips Alabama

Americans wondering when enough political dysfunction is enough might have gotten their answer Tuesday from voters in deep-red Alabama, who elected a Democratic U.S. senator for the first time in a quarter century. (read more)

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Disclose all settlements

Sexual harassment is more a matter of culture than law, but that doesn’t preclude the law from being used to nudge the culture toward higher standards. (read more)

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Cash flies first

President Trump, whose first budget proposal called for a substantial reduction in NASA’s budget, signed a directive Monday refocusing the space program on returning humans to the moon as a precursor to human missions to Mars. (read more)

Term limits only cure for pension greed

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Pennsylvania’s fractious, unproductive state governance has resulted in a very low bar for good news. (read more)

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Carroll calls out Haggerty

As is his custom, state Rep. Kevin Haggerty failed to appear for work Monday. (read more)

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Accelerate hemp revival

Enthusiasm for industrial-scale hemp production in Pennsylvania has grown, well, like a weed. (read more)

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Tips belong to workers

Distribution of tips is a major issue among restaurant workers but there is a consensus that should continue to be protected by wage laws — tips belong to workers rather than to the restaurant. (read more)

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Mellow scam hastens fix

That a former state senator convicted of a federal felony related to his public office can walk away with a $246,000 annual pension appears to have embarrassed even state lawmakers who have crafted the pension law for their own benefit. (read more)

Board breaks its pattern

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Perhaps proving that it is the season of miracles, the Scranton School Board broke its long pattern of putting politics first Thursday, when it selected a highly qualified candidate without a political pedigree to fill a vacant board seat. (read more)

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Tipping point?

The growing caravan of members of Congress forced to leave due to sexual harassment begs the question of how such men are elected in the first place. (read more)

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Pass crucial justice reform

Samuel Johnson is credited with the observation that second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience. (read more)

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International Olympic Committee gets gold

The International Olympic Committee long has been a font of scandal and corruption. (read more)

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Gas tax issue severed from true debate

State lawmakers who relentlessly have expanded gambling, in quest of ever more vigorish to fund the state budget, undoubtedly were heartened this week by the U.S. Supreme Court’s apparently favorable view of state-authorized sports betting. (read more)

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Pass clean gun check bill

Beyond the toll of 26 people killed by Devin Kelley in the November shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the most shocking aspect of the case was the Air Force’s failure to notify civilian authorities of Kelley’s long, violent history. (read more)

For Mellow, crime pays after all

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Board members of the State Employees Retirement System who voted to restore corrupt former state Sen. Bob Mellow’s ludicrously lucrative state pension obviously have betrayed the public trust. (read more)

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Fund pension

Lackawanna County’s government is blessed by bad examples, as close to the county offices as Scranton City Hall and school Administration Building, and as far away as Harrisburg. (read more)

Implement logs

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Just about every consumer item is carried in a truck at some point, which is why about 15 million commercial rigs are on the road every day. (read more)