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Ethics reform shouldn’t be this difficult

For decades, no one really worried about ethics in Richmond.  Not when it came to the members of the House of Delegates, not for members of the Senate, and not for the governor.  For ages, while ethical lapses abounded, in Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, not to mention a dozen other states, Virginia stood alone as being squeaky clean.  

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The day we learned to be afraid

It’s been 39 years since two little girls had lunch at Wheaton Plaza in Maryland and then disappeared. In those days things like that didn’t happen. Oh sure, there were crimes, many of them scary, but there was still a feeling that the world was safe. Children could play outside, roam at will, and yes, even venture off to a neighborhood mall all by themselves. It was 1975 and I remember it all clearly. The story dominated local news and received nationwide coverage. The children were two sisters, Kathryn and Sheila Lyon, ages 10 and 12 respectively.

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Twice disappointed: Expansion of Medicaid fails again in House

In Richmond, as Yogi Berra would have put it, it was “deja vu all over again.” The legislature, in a repeat performance of the their debate back in February held another special session to discuss the possibility of expanding Medicaid using federal funds provided by the Affordable Care Act. The measure would have extended health care coverage to 400,000 Virginians.

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Chessie, the GEICO Gecko and friends

Advertisers had my type figured out a long time ago. If you want to sell me a product or a service, sure, wow me with facts, pictures of the product, and testimonials. I’ll listen. But, add a cute little animal, real or imagined, and I will readily identify with your product and what’s more, I will probably buy it. Not necessarily because of its alleged superiority to its competitors, but because the cute cat, dog, or whatever, said I should buy it.

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A kind word for Bob McDonnell

Virginia’s political history goes back a long ways. It has its share of heroes and villains, but it’s hard to think of anyone who has fallen further and harder than our former Governor, Bob McDonnell.

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There IS more to the unemployment rate

Economists by nature tend to be a bit gloomy. As the old joke goes, they find the dark cloud behind every silver lining. And while yes, they can be a depressing bunch, they also are good, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, “…at telling the rest of the story.”  That’s the case with the current unemployment situation.

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