09 November 2022

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Moving forward will take creativity

Moving forward will take creativity


I don’t know about you, but I was not inclined to make many predictions about the outcome of the mid-term elections this year. Too many contests wer...
19 October 2022

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Trying time for American elections

Trying time for American elections


As the November General Election approaches, I’ve been struck by the rise of an unusual type of news coverage. It’s focused not on the campaigns, ...
05 October 2022

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Why political skills matter

Why political skills matter


Now that this year’s primaries are over and general-election campaigns are revving up, it’s time to take a step back. I know, it seems an odd t...
28 September 2022

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Candidates’ skills matter

Candidates’ skills matter


Now that summer’s officially over and public attention is turning to the mid-term elections, we know what the parties want us to concentrate on. ...
14 September 2022

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Negotiation, compromise can work

Negotiation, compromise can work


There are two especially striking aspects to the “Inflation Reduction Act,” the sprawling climate-change/tax-reform/health-care legislation that j...
07 September 2022

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Tussle over where power should lie continues

Tussle over where power should lie continues


In June, when the Supreme Court issued its Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, attention understandably focused on the majority’s view of what t...
17 August 2022

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Why Congressional oversight matters

Why Congressional oversight matters


It’s impossible to know right now what impact the work of the Jan. 6 committee will have in the long run, though it’s a fair bet that whatever the...
10 August 2022

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Remember what government can do

Remember what government can do


Here’s a question: When was the last time at least half of Americans said the government in Washington could be trusted to do the right thing all or...
03 August 2022

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Committee reminds us what Congress can do

Committee reminds us what Congress can do


Watching the hearings held by the Jan. 6 committee as it delves into the events at the Capitol last year and what lay behind them, I’ve been struck ...
20 July 2022

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Always leave them with hope

Always leave them with hope


Many years ago, I was in the audience when the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the legendary civil rights activist and election mobilizer, gave a speech. He often...