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Capital-Star Guest Contributor

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation on how politics and public policy affects the day-to-day lives of people across the commonwealth.

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Commentary: We are the majority

By: - October 29, 2023

Contributor Jill Sunday Bartoli asks: How can we the people begin to take back control of the policies and practices that have put our democracy into a downward spiral?

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Opinion: It’s the policy disputes behind the government shutdown that should concern us most

By: - September 30, 2023

By Erica Freeman and Marc Stier There is a political answer and a policy answer. And from both perspectives, extremists in the Republican run House of Representatives, who have been encouraged by former President Trump, are responsible for the current crisis. While far more attention is being given to the political answer, it is the policy […]

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he makes a visit to the Cuban restaurant Versailles after he appeared for his arraignment on June 13, 2023, in Miami. Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges including possession of national security documents after leaving office, obstruction, and making false statements. (Photo by Alon Skuy/Getty Images)

Trump’s trials must be televised | Opinion

By: - August 17, 2023

Former president Donald Trump’s federal trial for allegedly conspiring to overturn the 2020 election must be televised into every living room, on every laptop and every iPhone in America, for anyone who wants to see it for themselves.  Everyone in the country, and around the world, should have the opportunity to watch, in real time, […]

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Students, families, and education advocates join Children First and Education Voters of Pennsylvania to host a rally on the Capitol steps to “ring the bells of justice,” and call for equitable funding for Pennsylvania public schools. The rally, which took place Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, occurred on the first day of the landmark trial that could change how Pennsylvania funds its 500 school districts. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Pa.’s public school system doesn’t serve low-income communities | Opinion

By: - August 11, 2023

Communities of color have long waited for public institutions to work for our communities as much as any other. It is time we live up to that ideal, and for the governor and legislators to respond to the Court’s clarion call to finally fund our public schools with the resources and programs needed so all students have an equal opportunity to succeed.

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Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Sunshine Act abuse should not be tolerated | Opinion

By: - August 9, 2023

Since 2021 the Sunshine Act, or state open-meetings law, requires that a government agency make its meeting agenda available at least 24 hours in advance of a public meeting. The agency must post the agenda on its publicly accessible internet website, if it has one, as well as at the agency office and at the location of the meeting. In addition, copies of the agenda must be made available to individuals in attendance at the meeting.

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By stalling on RGGI, here’s what Pa. residents are missing | Opinion

By: - August 7, 2023

In March, Pennsylvania passed up millions of dollars that could have gone toward tackling climate change and reducing energy costs for millions of Pennsylvania residents. It’s not the first time Pennsylvanians have missed out on this money, and it’s going to keep happening unless Pennsylvania is finally allowed to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative […]

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Expediting pardons is good for Pennsylvania | Opinion

By: - August 4, 2023

By Andrea Lindsay Last week, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons (BOP) announced updates to its “expedited review” program for pardon applicants, promising to deliver pardons to more people, sooner. This program adopts several of the expedited review tracks proposed in Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity’s (PLSE) 2022 report Expediting Pardons in Pennsylvania, which I authored, […]

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How Democrats revived the Equal Rights Amendment from a long legal limbo | Opinion

By: - July 19, 2023

The landmark measure still faces an uphill battle before it's enshrined into law.

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Building 21 in the Philadelphia School District (Photo by Ella Lathan for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Keep our money in Pa.’s public schools where it belongs | Jill Sunday Bartoli

By: - July 19, 2023

A new year, the same fight over education funding.

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A close up of a packet of birth control pills (Getty Images).

Over-the-counter birth control would be a game changer | Opinion

By: - July 18, 2023

By Sonali Kolhatkar A federal advisory committee has unanimously recommended that the Food and Drug Administration allow the sale of Opill, an over-the-counter birth control pill. Coming amid a widespread assault on reproductive health care, this could be a game-changer. Margery Gass, an advisory committee member and an emerita professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, told The Washington […]

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Politics, abortion and the false consensus effect. Why it matters | Opinion

By: - July 18, 2023

We would all be wise to remember that our views are often not shared by most other people.

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Here’s what happens if we cure America’s loneliness epidemic | Opinion

By: - July 16, 2023

It would make us healthier, fitter and less likely to abuse drugs.