Charles G. Kels

Charles G. Kels is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania law school.

Joe Versus the Volcano


In 1990, former Senator Lowell Weicker avoided a daunting Republican primary showdown with then-Representative John Rowland by running as an independent candidate for Connecticut governor. Upon winning a narrow plurality over Rowland in the general election, Weicker quickly reneged on his explicit campaign promise to oppose a state tax on earned income. Roughly a year […]

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Generals Behaving Badly


One of the more surreal moments of the 2004 presidential campaign came when retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, then a candidate vying for the Democratic nomination, derided Sen. John Kerry for only having attained the rank of lieutenant while serving in the Navy. Kerry responded to the rank-pulling in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, […]

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Ameliorative Action


“I announce this necessary change to our policy with deep sadness,” wrote Dean Michael A. Fitts of the University of Pennsylvania law school. In a memorandum to “The Penn Law Community,” the dean unhappily proclaimed that the military would henceforth be permitted to recruit directly through the law school’s career planning and placement office. Faced […]

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