Pennsylvania school tax bills are through the roof and they're slamming the already crunched middle class. That means action is in order. The time has come for the Great Suburban Force to do more than inhale a Facebook feed's worth of Trump headlines, or chest-pound about Washington, and call it citizenship.
An investigative grand jury report into clergy abuse in six of Pennsylvania's eight Catholic dioceses may be days away from being made public. Rumored to be 884 pages long, it is expected to make stomachs turn.
A bloody fight has broken out for control of Montgomery County's Republican Party. What's amazing is that Republicans in Pennsylvania's most populous and second-most affluent county are mired in toxic muck even this year. Even now.
Women in Pa. came out big winners in the congressional primaries. The magnitude of this moment can't be overstated. Women are here to stay. Many more are sure to follow. And any aggrieved Old Boy rushing to write this off as a one-off might want to look up the definition of wishful thinking.
This may be a #metoo moment, but tell that to Bill Cosby's defense team. They savaged six alleged sexual assault victims as harlot-hustlers during closings of the actor's criminal trial in suburban Philadelphia.
Maria Panaritis is a columnist who strikes across Pennsylvania and its most populated region -- the political battleground Pennsylvania suburbs. She aims for any story that cuts through the noise and gives you the real deal. Maria has been an award-winning regional reporter, business writer and columnist, investigative reporter, and immigration beat writer, and has reported nationally and internationally, since joining The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1998.