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  • Don't blame voters for low turnout Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters. It

    April 5, 2014

  • Farming with a clear conscience Editor: I would like to take this time and concede to Ms. Riley in the ongoing coyote issue. Due to the crappy weather, I took the day off and spent it surfing the net trying to either prove or disprove her view. I found out she has some valid points

    April 5, 2014

  • You're invited to an antisocial Almost every day, I hear parents and grandparents and people on television complain about how cellphones, smartphones, texting, streaming, Facebooking, tweeting and computer games are turning our children into little unsocial robots who won't be able

    April 5, 2014

  • The politics of the spirit Outside the Supreme Court, a late-March snow fell as activists talked, held banners and prayed. Inside the hallowed halls, the justices debated whether companies should be forced to provide employee health care coverage that involves violating their

    April 4, 2014

  • Blind justice WASHINGTON -- Five years ago, when the Supreme Court handed down the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, polls showed that the American public -- or at least a mere 80 percent of them -- disapproved. Now of course public appro

    April 4, 2014

  • Censorship can backfire WASHINGTON -- I've written a bit before on this blog about the ineffectiveness of governments doing things like blocking Twitter or shutting down the Internet entirely during political crises. But in a new article for the journal Political Communicat

    April 4, 2014

  • Term limits claim a new victim House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp announced Monday that he'll be leaving Congress at the end of this term. The Michigan Republican recently put together a tax reform proposal that was widely hailed as at least a reasonable first step

    April 3, 2014

  • Legislating raw milk My grandma liked her milk just like her orange juice -- freshly squeezed. To hear her talk, raw milk was wonderful. And her view is now shared by many of today's urban "foodies" who believe raw milk tastes better, is richer in nutrients and can help

    April 3, 2014

  • Ryan's budget proposal shows divide What's the difference between Dave Camp and Paul Ryan? Camp is a powerful but obscure Midwestern Republican who has abandoned his ambitions for fiscal reform. Ryan is only semi-obscure. Ryan, who gained some fame as a vice presidential nominee two ye

    April 3, 2014

  • Talking about Obamacare enrollment There's going to be a lot of arguing about Obamacare in the coming days and weeks -- even more so than usual, that is. Monday was the last day for people to sign up for health insurance for this year. Supporters will claim that the late surge in enro

    April 2, 2014

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