In 2017,  a “Year in Review” cartoon collection should really be called “Trump in Review.”  Our president so dominated the news (real and fake) that there was little white space left for other issues. However, I have the good fortune of living in Pennsylvania, where our GOP state legislature continually finds ways to embarrass itself.

And, did I mention that I cartoon in Philadelphia, where a year doesn’t go by without some (usually) Democratic elected official ending up in an orange jumpsuit?

Most of my reader reaction comes on national issues (read: Trump), but I am one of many cartoonists drawing that man’s distinctive hair, tie, and hands. The sad fact is that our state legislature is largely ignored by readers and voters who may complain occasionally about its actions but who don’t seem to have the energy to elect a competent delegation to make any changes. I hope my cartoons (often inspired by a John Baer column) help hold the Harrisburg unworthies in the light.

While Harrisburg passes a budget by charging its spending to future generations (way to go, fiscal conservatives!), it looks as if Philadelphia will balance its budget, bursting with increased labor costs and the bill for taking on the School District, by raising our taxes what could be an eye-popping number (way to go, unopposed Democrats).  The number of murdered citizens is also eye-popping. I hope the budget includes real money to bring those deaths down and not just money thrown at another batch of “antiviolence” programs that, as Helen Ubiñas has pointed out, aren’t reducing the gun bangs for all our bucks. I predict good cartooning ahead.

I wish everyone a peaceful 2018, even though, clearly, that would be bad for cartooning.
Trump and the greatest show on Earth: Donald Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20.
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Trump and the greatest show on Earth: Donald Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20.
In February, Sen. Pat Toomey blamed “people outside of our state” for his offices’ being inundated with phone calls and emails regarding President Trump’s cabinet nominees.
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In February, Sen. Pat Toomey blamed “people outside of our state” for his offices’ being inundated with phone calls and emails regarding President Trump’s cabinet nominees.
Some companies, including Coca-Cola, said that Philly’s soda tax caused them to lose money and eliminate jobs.
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Some companies, including Coca-Cola, said that Philly’s soda tax caused them to lose money and eliminate jobs.
In March, Philly District Attorney Seth Williams was indicted on fraud charges.
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In March, Philly District Attorney Seth Williams was indicted on fraud charges.
Congress tackled many issues related to women’s health in 2017.
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Congress tackled many issues related to women’s health in 2017.
At a Kensington library, librarians were trained in administering Narcan, a drug used to treat people who overdose on narcotic drugs like opioids.
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At a Kensington library, librarians were trained in administering Narcan, a drug used to treat people who overdose on narcotic drugs like opioids.
President Trump’s tweets have remained controversial over the last 12 months.
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President Trump’s tweets have remained controversial over the last 12 months.
Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in May to oversee the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. His relationship with President Trump has been fraught.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in May to oversee the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. His relationship with President Trump has been fraught.
President Trump’s phaseout of the five-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era initiative that shields thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation, began in October.
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President Trump’s phaseout of the five-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era initiative that shields thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation, began in October.
Republicans are the majority in Pennsylvania’s legislature. Gov. Wolf blamed them for months of state budget chaos.
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Republicans are the majority in Pennsylvania’s legislature. Gov. Wolf blamed them for months of state budget chaos.
In Philadelphia, debates raged about whether or not to remove the Frank Rizzo statue from a place of prominence, across the street from City Hall. In November, progressive candidate Larry Krasner was elected district attorney. Many Krasner supporters believe the statue should be moved.
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In Philadelphia, debates raged about whether or not to remove the Frank Rizzo statue from a place of prominence, across the street from City Hall. In November, progressive candidate Larry Krasner was elected district attorney. Many Krasner supporters believe the statue should be moved.
In the midst of running for office in a special election, Alabama’s Roy Moore was accused of having engaged in relationships with underaged girls. President Trump endorsed Moore, who lost the election to Democrat Doug Jones.
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In the midst of running for office in a special election, Alabama’s Roy Moore was accused of having engaged in relationships with underaged girls. President Trump endorsed Moore, who lost the election to Democrat Doug Jones.