November 25, 2019

            The November 20th Democratic presidential debate took on a much different tone than the previous debates.  I'm not sure if it was because the panel of moderators was all women – NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Kristen Welker, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and the Washington Post's Ashley Parker.  Or perhaps it was because the candidates finally got over attacking each other (mostly) and instead decided to be themselves and embrace their identities.  Maybe they hoped to engage more viewers with a substantive focus on the issues.  And since the impeachment hearings loom large (closing only minute...

November 18, 2019

    If the 2019 elections are any indication, Republicans need to worry about their viability come 2020.  In Virginia, Democrats have majorities in both its upper and lower houses.  With a Democratic governor, Virginia has an unprecedented opportunity to shape public policy, especially around gun control, a key concern for many.  In West Virginia, the candidate backed by 45 lost.  Many will say it is because of the Republican governor, Matt Bevin, was extremely unpopular.  If so why was 45 propping him up?  He must have thought he had a prayer....

November 11, 2019

Even as our legislators grapple with impeachment, they are also charged to pass a dozen budget bills, including a bill on “defense”.  Recent elections suggest a paradigm shift in the way we view budget spending, what with Democrats taking charge in both Virginia and Kentucky (I’m not counting Mississippi, Dems aren’t likely to capture that one until lightening strikes).  Some are suggesting that the government might shut down if Congress can’t get its act on the budget together in the next couple weeks.  Alternatively, Congress might look differently at our priorities.

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November 4, 2019

           I was returning from an errand when the skies opened up.  The punishing rain came down with such vigor that despite an umbrella, the bottom inches of my pants were soaked.  With my wash and wear hair, and just half a block more to walk, I shrugged the rain off, until I saw a woman sheltering herself from the rain in a narrow but covered side entrance to a church.  The opening could not have been more than 4 feet wide, and sister was easily five feet tall.  She had wedged herself, somehow, into the space and was lying horizontally with a newspaper over her head.  From across the stre...

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