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Politically Uncorrected Column

Politically Uncorrected is published twice monthly.  Dr. G. Terry Madonna is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formerly the Keystone Poll) at Franklin & Marshall College, and Dr. Michael Young is Managing Partner of Michael Young Strategic Research.  The articles can be used in whole or in part with appropriate attribution.  The views and opinions found in these articles represent the authors' views and opinions and not those of any institution or organization with which they are affiliated.

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Below is a complete list of Politically Uncorrected columns since 2001.

2014

November 18, 2014 - Is the Eight-Year Cycle Dead?

November 5, 2014 - Death From A Thousand Cuts

November 3, 2014 - November 4: One Day, Many Elections

October 23, 2014 - A Tie in the US Senate: Turning Even into Odd

October 10, 2014 - Pennsylvania's Odd Fellows: Corruption & Reform

September 24, 2014 - The Three-D Election

September 10, 2014 - A Tale of Two Years, Two Men and Two Elections

August 6, 2014 - Romney Redux?

July 28, 2014 - Give 'Em Hell Tom

July 11, 2014 - Corbett's Last Stand

June 25, 2014 - The Real Question About the Budget

June 17, 2014 - The Rodney Dangerfield Office

June 3, 2014 - Tom Wolf's Real Opponent

May 21, 2014 - The All of the Above Election

May 15, 2014 - Elections and Choices

May 6, 2014 - Pennsylvania's D-Day

April 15, 2014 - A Good Start

March 31, 2014 - The Other Race for Governor

March 17, 2014 - One That Matters

February 25, 2014 - Game Changer or Game Over?

February 10, 2014 - Pennsylvania's Evolving Governor

January 27, 2014 -What Matters in 2014

January 13, 2014 - Be Careful What You Wish For

January 2, 2014 - Raising Kane in Pennsylvania

2013

December 17, 2013 - Coming to Terms with America's Interminable Problem

November 26, 2013 - The Elephant in the Room

November 13, 2013 - The Rocky Road to Camelot

November 5, 2013 - Pennsylvania's Bad Penny

October 24, 2013 - Our American Problem

September 30, 2013 - Are Pennsylvania Democrats Too Optimistic?

September 12, 2013 - Will They or Won't They?

August 28, 2013 - Right Problem, Wrong Solution

July 22, 2013 - Quit Expecting Corbett to Quit

July 8, 2013 - A House Divided

 June 25, 2013 - Corbett's Testing Time

June 6, 2013 - Death Taxes and Penn State

May 15, 2013 - Not Your Grandfather's Pennsylvania Anymore

April 24, 2013 - The Toomey Matter

April 9, 2013 - Guns Are the Problem, but Are They the Issue?

March 14, 2013 - The Real GOP Problem

February 28, 2013 - The Democrats' "Nobody Problem"

February 4, 2013 - Corbett Crossing the Rubicon

January 22, 2013 - A Bad Gamble

January 7, 2013 - Tom Corbett: Doing the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason

January 3, 2013 - In 2013 Expect the Unexpected

2012

December 3, 2012 - Corbett's Chancy Re-election Chance

November 14, 2012 - Handicapping Pennsylvania's 2014 Gubernatorial Field

November 1, 2012 - Game On: Pannsylvania in Play

October 22, 2012 - All Over Again

September 28, 2012 - The Great Debate Show

September 25, 2012 - Candidate Romney

September 18, 2012 - America's Game of Electoral College Roulette

September 10, 2012 - Conventional Wisdom

August 13, 2012 - The Conventions Won't Matter, But the Debates Might

July 31, 2012 - If Romney Wins, Does Corbett Lose?

July 24, 2012 - Why Obama Probably Can't Win--But Romney Could Still Lose 

July 16, 2012 - Thinking about Voter ID

June 18, 2012 - Winning the Battle but Losing the War

June 11, 2012 - Taking Stock of the American Mood

May 30, 2012 - Pennsylvania's Crisis

May 17, 2012 - America's Sick Public Sector

April 26, 2012 - Not Everyone's Cup of Tea

April 12, 2012 - What the 2012 Nomination Fight Taught Us about American Politics

April 4, 2012 - Santorum's Last Stand

March 21, 2012 - Will Pennsylvania's Primary Matter?

March 9, 2012 - A Choice Between the Truely Bad and Merely Awful

February 14, 2012 - Rick Stantorum: Why he lost Pennsylvania & What it Means

January 30, 2012 - The Costs of Combat

January 4, 2012 - What Does Rick Really Want?

2011

December 26, 2011 - Corbett's Rookie Year

December 12, 2011 - Running Mate Roulette

November 28, 2011 - Why Obama Could Win and Why He Probably Won't

October 31, 2011 - Raising Cain

October 20, 2011 - Let's Ask the Voters

October 6, 2011 - Are Republicans Flipping Their Wigs?

September 29, 2011 - Casey Odds on for 2012

September 16, 2011 - A Really Bad Idea

September 2, 2011 - 9/11 Ten Years Later

August 19, 2011 - Divided We Fall

August 3, 2011 - The Age of Ideology

July 27, 2011 - 1991

July 5, 2011 - Getting What We Want and Wanting What We Got

June 23, 2011 - Rick Santorum for Vice President: Stranger Things Have Happened

June 14, 2011 - Does It Matter?

June 1, 2011 - Is the GOP Field Weak? Or Is Obama Strong?

May 23, 2011 - Rick Santorum Meets P. T. Barnum

May 11, 2011 - It's Foreign Policy, Stupid

April 26, 2011 - One-Term Tom? Maybe Not!

April 12, 2011 - How to Run for President (And Still Have Been Born in Pennsylvania)

April 1, 2011 - The GOP Herd Gathers

February 18, 2011 - Is Tom Corbett a Revolutionary?

January 31, 2011 - You Don't Say: Santorum and Rendell

January 10, 2011 - The Rendell Legacy

January 3, 2011 - The Keystone State: Wither We Go in 2011

2010

December 28, 2010 - A Bad Year for Some Good Lessons

December 14, 2010 - Specter's Legacy: A Work in Progress

November 22, 2010 - The Great TSA Pat-Down Smackdown

November 15, 2010 - What Do We Do Now?

November 4, 2010 - America's Forensic Election

October 24, 2010 - America's Great Disconnect

October 8, 2010 - All Politics Is Local--Except When It Isn't

September 17, 2010 - Pennsylvania's Wacko Winners

September 2, 2010 - Obama's Best Bad Option

August 24, 2010 - That Other Tax Problem

August 5, 2010 - Dumb & Dumber

July 26, 2010 - Pennsylvania's Long-Running One-Act Play

July 6, 2010 - Silly Syllogisms and Serious Politics

June 22, 2010 - Toomey-Sestak: Made for Hollywood

June 1, 2010 - Corbett vs. Onorato: A Scheduled 15 Rounder

May 19, 2010 - Arlen Specter's Perfect Storm

May 11, 2010 - Two Parties, One Election, No Choices

April 19, 2010 - The Admiral Hits an Iceberg

April 5, 2010 - The Resurrection of Rick Santorum

March 23, 2010 - If Men Were Angels

March 4, 2010 - Continuity & Change: Pennsylvania in the New Century

February 18, 2010 - The 99 Percent Rule

January 28, 2010 - The Mandate Myth

January 12, 2010 - Restoring Confidence

2009

December 28, 2009 - The Eight-Year Cycle - Believe It!

December 10, 2009 - Huckabee Hysteria

November 16, 2009 - Tom Corbett's Problem

October 30, 2009 - Pennsylvania's Churchillian Problem

October 22, 2009 - Until the Bitter End

October 7, 2009 - Is Pennsylvania the Nation's New Future?

September 9, 2009 - The Goldilocks Principle in American Politics

August 26, 2009 - The New California - Not

August 7, 2009 - Pennsylvania's Odd Man Out

August 4, 2009 - The Phony-Baloney Budget

July 10, 2009 - A Different Budget

June 15, 2009 - Déjà Vu All Over Again

June 1, 2009 - Giant Killer

May 21, 2009 - Remembering Newspapers

May 4, 2009 - The Endangered Republicans

April 23, 2009 - Corruption: No Longer an Iffy Proposition in Pennsylvania

March 31, 2009 - A Specter to Behold

March 17, 2009 - Fumo's Fini

March 5, 2009 - What You Want vs. What You Get

February 6, 2009 - Rendell's Magical Budget

January 27, 2009 - Casey Moving Into the Battle Circle

January 16, 2009 - Gubernatorial Appointments & Buggy Whips

2008

December 31, 2008 - Bad, Worse & Worst: The Short List of Vice Presidents Who Probably Shouldn't Been

December 11, 2008 - Madame Secretary: Old Wine in a New Bottle

December 2, 2008 - Pennsylvania's Dead-End Sure Thing

November 6, 2008 - The Political Hat Trick

October 30, 2008 - Is the Bradley Effect a Myth?

October 17, 2008 - An Outlier in Pennsylvania

October 10, 2008 - Pennsylvania's Last Hurrah

September 25, 2008 - Will We Screw it Up Again?

September 18, 2008 - The Other Woman in the Race

September 10, 2008 - The Cheneysizing of the Vice Presidency

August 27, 2008 - When Fine Just Wasn't Good Enough

August 20, 2008 - Coming Back Around: Casey at the Convention

August 6, 2008 - John McCain Versus the Scholars

July 17, 2008 - Bonusgate: A Different Kind of Political Corruption

July 7, 2008 - Putting the Kitchen Table Issues Back on the Table

June 26, 2008 - America's Forgotten Holiday

June 18, 2008 - History, Politics, and the Pennsylvania Budget

June 6, 2008 - For McCain in Pennsylvania, it Takes a Bush

May 5, 2008 - Chris Matthews: Ready to Play Hardball in PA

April 18, 2008 - In Pennsylvania, 'Tis the Season

April 13, 2008 - Obama's Feet of Clay

March 31, 2008 - The Casey Fly in the Clinton Ointment

March 25, 2008 - Obama: How Bad is it for Him in Pennsylvania?

March 14, 2008 - Obama's Keys to the Keystone State

March 6, 2008 - Pennsylvania: Breaking the Checkmate?

February 20, 2008 - The Matter of the VP

February 11, 2008 - Pennsylvania: The Decider

January 17, 2008 - The Obama Paradigm

2007

December 26, 2007 - Iowa and New Hampshire: Same Old, Same Old

December 5, 2007 - Conventional Wisdom & the 2008 Conventions

November 26, 2007 - Reform: at the Crossroads and in the Crosshairs

October 25, 2007 - Dick Thornburgh's Message

October 18, 2007 - Why George Bush Should Like Ike

September 27, 2007 - First, We Kill All the Judges

September 5, 2007 - Public Corruption in Pennsylvania: A Time to be Wary

August 21, 2007 - Taking a Second Look at Rendell for Second Place

August 7, 2007 - Highway Robbery

July 18, 2007 - Does it Matter Who the GOP Nominates?

July 7, 2007 - Making Budget Sausage

June 19, 2007 - Second Term Troubles

June 6, 2007 - Budget Games

May 22, 2007 - The Next Big One

April 25, 2007 - Been There & Done That

April 5, 2007 - A Constitution for PA

March 23, 2007 - America's Hit or Miss Primary System

March 9, 2007 - A Rudy Rage in Pennsylvania

March 1, 2007 - Who Can Blame Them?

February 7, 2007 - Ed's Big Ideas

January 31, 2007 - Thesis-Antithesis: Clark & Casey

January 25, 2007 - A Day Late and a Dollar Short

January 10, 2007 - A Fork in the Road

2006

December 27, 2006 - Annus Mirabilis

December 12, 2006 - The Second Act

November 9, 2006 - Rise & Fall of Santorum

November 8, 2006 - Final Score:  Rendell versus Swann

October 18, 2006 - A Tale of Two Elections

September 27, 2006 - Suburban Tipping Point

September 6, 2006 - The Challenger Two-Step

August 10, 2006 - Third Party Follies

July 24, 2006 - America's Electoral Phantoms

June 28, 2006 - American Temperament

June 15, 2006 - Swann Song?

May 19, 2006 - May 16 Post Mortem

May 2, 2006 - May 16th

April 20, 2006 - Santorum - Can He Win?

April 4, 2006 - Adding Up Pennsylvania's Ideological Divide

March 23, 2006 - Circling the Eight Year Cycle

March 2, 2006 - The Pennsylvania Paradox

February 8, 2006 - A Sporting Event

January 24, 2006 - The GOP's Cause Celebre(ity)

January 4, 2006 - Alito v. Pennsylvania

2005

December 14, 2005 - Reconstituting Pennsylvania

December 1, 2005 - Choosing Number Two

November 16, 2005 - What It All Means

October 31, 2005 - The Judicial Rentention Imbroglio

October 18, 2005 - The Comeback Kid

October 10, 2005 - Academic Argument

September 15, 2005 - The GOP Shows Some Cleavage

August 25, 2005 - Labor Lost

August 8, 2005 - Specter: In the Cat Bird Seat

July 18, 2005 - The Great Harrisburg Caper of 2005

July 7, 2005 - A Budget Paradox

June 21, 2005 - A Certain Uncertainty

June 2, 2005 - A Necessary Post-Mortem

May 18, 2005 - Erector Set Politics

May 5, 2005 - Rendell's Dilemma

April 13, 2005 - Happy Birthday

March 24, 2005 - MAYBE!

March 9, 2005 - Fiddling with the Rules

February 14, 2005 - One Bad Problem - - Two Good Choices

February 7, 2005 - Budgets Smudgets

February 1, 2005 - Pennsylvania's Primary Problem

2004

December 14, 2004 - From Light Governor to Lt. Governor

November 18, 2004 - Pennsylvania's Political Odd Couple

October 19, 2004 - Approximately Right

September 22, 2004 - It's Debatable

September 14, 2004 - Yes or No?

August 30, 2004 - Tale of Two States

August 5, 2004 - The New Political Zeitgeist

July 26, 2004 - Silly Polls

June 30, 2004 - Pennsylvania's Crystal Ball

June 3. 2004 - Not a Sure Thing

May 21, 2004 - Reapportionment, Politics, and the Law

April 29, 2004- Lucky Arlen

April 22, 2004- An Electoral Oasis

March 24, 2004- Running Mate Frenzy

March 11, 2004- Nader's Nadir

February 26, 2004- Smoke And Mirrors

February 11, 2004- The E Word

January 23, 2004- A Crazy System

January 7, 2004- Asking the Right Question

2003

December 17, 2003- The Political Confidence Game

November 25, 2003 - Making Pennsylvania Relevant

October 20, 2003 -October Surprise

October 7, 2003 -Warrior for President

September 25, 2003 -Benediction

September 12, 2003 -9/11 Revisited

August 28, 2003 -The Un-California

August 13, 2003 -Gerrymander In The Docket

July 30, 2003 -Reporting On Kobe

July 16, 2003 -Who's The Boss

June 26, 2003 -Doing Direct Democracy

June 11, 2003 -A No Brainer

May 28, 2003 -A Judicious Change

May 12, 2003 - Betting On It

April 30, 2003 - Making The Grade

April 16, 2003 - Promises, Promises

April 1, 2003 - Changing Pennsylvania

March 18, 2003 - The Great Tax Vote Myth

March 6, 2003 - A Judgment Call

February 19, 2003 - A Taxing Moment

February 4, 2003 - Exit Strategy: Pennsylvania Style

January 21, 2003 - Leadership and Luck

January 7, 2003 - The Future of the Pennsylvania Democrats

2002

December 17, 2002 - Conventional Wisdom Revisited

December 3, 2002 - A Cautionary Tale

November 19, 2002 - The Misuse of Polling

November 6, 2002 - One Crime, Many Suspects

October 29, 2002 - Pennsylvania's Multiple Personalities

October 15, 2002 - Debates, Debates, and More Debates

October 1, 2002 - Gubernatorial Archetypes

September 18, 2002 - The Issue of Issues

September 4, 2002 - Problem Solving: Pennsylvania Style

August 20, 2002 - Governors Matter

July 31, 2002 -Real Heroes and Real Leadership

July 17, 2002 - The Death of Party Competition

July 2, 2002 - The Change Factor

June 18, 2002 - The First Political Poll

June 4, 2002 - Fighting The Last War

May 23, 2002 - Live and Learn

May 8, 2002 - Rendell's Raiders

April 9, 2002 - Campaign Finance Reform- Deja Vu All Over Again

March 26, 2002 - Buchanan's Birthday

March 12, 2002 - Can We Talk?

February 28, 2002 - Roses & Polls

February 13, 2002 - It's Pennsylvania Stupid!

January 23, 2002 - Running for Bridesmaid

January 8, 2002 - Gresham's Law of Junk

2001

December 14, 2001 - Wolf

November 27, 2001 - Election Reform: The Failed Experiment

November 15, 2001 - The Message

November 1, 2001 - The New Patriotism & The Old Voting

October 23, 2001 - Election Cycles

October 10, 2001 - The Ridge Legacy-A Work In Progress

September 28, 2001 - Some Ways We Will Change

September 25, 2001 - Hamlet on the Susquehanna

September 24, 2001 - The Eight-Year Cycle

August 28, 2001 -Going But Maybe Not Gone

August 14, 2001 - Joe Six-Pack

July 31, 2001 - Motor Voter and The Politics of Voter Turnout

July 17, 2001 - The Political Problem And The Law

July 3, 2001 - State Budgets: Follow The Money

June 19, 2001 - Running Statewide 101

June 5, 2001 - The Death Penalty: Principle and Practice

May 22, 2001 - Gubernatorial Genealogy

May 8, 2001 - The Pennsylvania Brand Name Game

April 24, 2001 - The Endangered Democrats

April 10, 2001 -Mars and Venus at the Polls

March 27, 2001 - Pennsylvania and Local Taxes

March 13, 2001 - Voter Turnout

February 27, 2001 - Reapportionment: An Insiders Game

February 13, 2001 - Presidential Greatness

January 30, 2001 - Election Reform

January 16, 2001 - Judicial Merit Selection