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The case of the purple squirrel

Squirrels. They are just about my favorite outdoor creature, and almost every spring I like to write about them. I am fond of a lot of other animals, but squirrels with their amazing acrobatics, their ability to find things, get into things, and most of the time, get out of things, is remarkable. However, it’s that ability to get into things that occasionally causes them trouble.  Take an incident in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week.

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Is the GOP losing its flagship issue?

It’s not a hard prediction to make. The Republicans, as they face this year’s midterm elections, are in a good place. The House should remain firmly in GOP hands, and the Senate, could, though it’s not a given, flip to Republican control. It is, after all, an off-year election, and historically, the party not in the White House does well. Also, President Obama, for all practical purposes, has no coattails. He can raise money, but most Democrats who will be on the ballot this fall won’t be inviting him to their districts.

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Maybe Global Warming isn’t so bad after all

Just how serious is global warming?  No matter who you think caused it, man, or some natural cycle, the answer is that global warming presents a threat to our ecosystems and puts millions, if not billions, of people at risk. Floods and storms will get worse, droughts in dry regions will be more severe, entire species could disappear, and cities we have come to know and love may no longer be sustainable in their current locations.

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Playing Washington D.C.-style politics in Richmond

Politics in Richmond, the back and forth between the House, the Senate and the Governor, rarely, in fact almost never, involve words like impasse or deadlock. And references to   shutdowns, well, that’s something that happens in dysfunctional Washington D.C. politics, not in Richmond. Or, at least, that’s the way it used to be. Now, thanks to the debate over whether or not to accept federal support to expand Medicaid, the politics of Washington are getting decidedly closer to our beloved state capitol.

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Saying you’re sorry is a sign of weakness

For many people it’s just about the hardest thing there is to do. And I don’t mean some grueling test of physical or mental endurance. It’s often reflected in the words, “I am sorry,” but for some, they could be the hardest three words in the world to say.

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The economics of Medicaid expansion and preventive health

Expanding Medicaid in Virginia shouldn’t be a partisan issue. There are some states where it isn’t; New Hampshire is a good example. In the granite state, the Republican state senate enthusiastically supported Medicaid expansion. With typical New England practicality, they supported it as a matter of common sense and good economics.

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