- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:32
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Like most Congressional districts in Virginia, the First District, where we live, isn’t drawn to be competitive; at least not usually. Thanks to some creative Gerrymandering, districts in the Commonwealth are drawn to all but guarantee the desired outcome. Only the eleventh district, which is north of us, can be considered competitive. As for the rest, they are designed to fall into one column or the other.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:28
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Seventy years ago, on the day before the Allied landings on the coast of France were to begin, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, prepared a short statement to be read in the event the landings proved a failure. He wrote it out in pencil and began with the words, “Our landings in the Cherbourg have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold…” He closed by saying, “…if any blame is found to attach to this attempt, it is mine alone.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:46
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This is the scenario. The Government has shut down. The two houses of the legislative branch are at odds with one another and the lower house, the most partisan of the two, has all but come to blows with the executive.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:09
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The word transparency in government is used quite a bit by politicians and various watchdog groups. But, what exactly does it mean? A good example was an experience I had a long time ago working for a Republican Senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo. I wanted to find out about a grant program for research on additional uses for wheat stalks. Idaho, in addition to its famous potatoes, grows a lot of wheat. I searched and I searched.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:54
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Redskins fandom runs deep in our area. During the 1950s, the old Rappahannock, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (RFP) ran special trains to take fans from all over the area to Sunday games in Washington DC. It was a popular service, and if the Redskins still played in DC (their stadium is in Maryland now), the VRE would probably still be running it. As for my own fan credentials, I think they’re pretty good. I can tell you the details of the 1972 Super Bowl Game the Redskins lost to the Dolphins, and I have vivid memories of the terrible game in November 1985, when Quarterback Joe Theismann broke his leg. I have stuck with them during bad seasons and good ones; just like any good fan does.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:50
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Some people think that Hillary Clinton, all but guaranteed to get the Democratic nomination for President, is in the best position possible. According to this line of thinking the Democratic nod is hers for the asking. All she needs to do is play it cool, look Presidential and at a time of her choosing throw her hat into the ring. But this role of heir apparent or presumed nominee is, historically at least, a hazardous one. Many never make it to the final stretch and some crash and burn long before the convention.