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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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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:55
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:04
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For most people, whether they follow politics or not, redistricting is one of those topics that has, to borrow a reference from Beatrice Potter’s Peter Rabbit, a “soporific effect.” In other words, it puts them to sleep.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:05
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America’s minimum wage dates back to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. The idea behind this New Deal legislation was to set a floor to how low wages could go. It was nothing more than that. At the time, it was hotly debated. Those opposed to it said that it represented too much of an intrusion into the functioning of the domestic economy and if implemented would raise labor costs and force companies to lay off workers.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:02
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Neither I, nor this paper, endorse any particularly store or retailer over another and this is especially true when it comes to drugstores. Half the time, when the clerk asks me if I have this or that store card, or if I participate in the rewards program, I have to ask to be reminded which store I’m in. Don’t let the marketing folks know but, one drugstore checkout looks a lot like another and while there are of course differences, for the most part they all sell the same things.