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April 24th, 2014

This Voting Measure Has Got to Go

    No one can deny that voting is a civic duty, right?

    Well that depends on who you are. The reality is that many powerful people don’t want certain folks to vote. They go to extremes to discourage those folks from voting and even harass them to keep away from the polls.

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Golf re-invented? A good walk (further) spoiled

    Whether Mark Twain said it or not, whoever first defined golf as "a good walk spoiled" had a point, especially the way I play the game. But now golf professionals are threatening to spoil the game even further.

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The key to 2014

    The Democrats' biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party's base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

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Why Not Jeb? Also, Why?

    As the 2016 presidential campaign starts to gather steam, prominent Republican names are rushing to the fore. One is that of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush.

    The thinking is that as painful memories of W's administration fade (to recap, two unfunded wars, soaring deficits and, as a grand finale, economic collapse), the public may feel more open to the idea of another Bush in the White House.

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Class warfare endures as preferred political strategy

    Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him.

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The court stacks the deck

    Affirmative action has opened doors for disadvantaged minorities and made this a fairer, more equal society. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts apparently wants no more of that.

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April 17th

SitComs Not Always a Laughing Matter

    My favorite new TV comedy is “Growing Up Fisher.” 

    It’s the story of a blind lawyer, his 12-year-old son, a mid-teen daughter, and an ex-wife who is trying to return to her adolescent years. The show is based upon the experiences of D.J. Nash.

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Three Expensive Miliseconds

    We're giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.

    Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America's biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project, a desperately needed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Count me among those who blame his presidential ambitions, and believe that he was trying to curry favor with the government- and public-transit-hating Republican base.

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The Oldest Hatred, Forever Young

    Most of the hate crimes in the United States don't take the fatal form that the shootings in Kansas over the weekend did, and most aren't perpetrated by villains as bloated with rage and blinded by conspiracy theories as the person accused in this case, Frazier Glenn Miller. He's an extreme, not an emblem.

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A victory lap for Obamacare

    It's all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working.

    All the naysaying in the world can't drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic achievement, is a real success. Republican candidates running this fall on an anti-Obamacare platform will have to divert voters' attention from the facts, which tell an increasingly positive story.

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