The #1 Summer Internship

One night after work, I was in the home office still grinding away albeit at a slower pace when a male friend of our seventeen year old daughter Nora “Like I’m Totally Not Even Kidding” entered. “Mr. Saxman, can I ask you a question? “Sure, go ahead…” “Do you know of any good summer internships […]

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Donald Trump Won. Barely.

Donald Trump won. Barely. Don’t get me wrong it was a dramatic upset. Historic. But numerically this thing was very close. Trump lost the popular vote, but won the Electoral College. That’s close. Tick tight. The Donald knew The Reason he was there in the first place and that sustained the campaign for a year […]

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Hillary Clinton Lost Because She Had No Why

The story of the historic 2016 presidential election is this – Hillary Clinton lost because she had no Why. This was supposed to be her time, her place in history, and we were just going through the motions. Hillary Clinton being elected president of these States Unites was a foregone conclusion. She was inevitable. And […]

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Cold Fusion – Cross Country Road Trip Edition

I have always wanted to drive across the great land we call America. Don’t know why, just have always thought that I need to see and feel just how big this place is as well as soak all in the differences. Vive le difference! The opportunity came when my sister Betsy’s Navy husband, Marc Orgain, […]

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Cold Fusion – Reconciliation Edition

This column is appearing online at as well. Twenty-two and a half years ago, Michele and I placed an ad in the Newsleader looking for child care for our then newborn who in May graduated from JMU. The next day a lady named Margaret Johnson called inquiring about the position. Before I could answer, […]

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Lobbying is an honorable profession

Let’s get one thing straight  – lobbying is an honorable profession. That’s a good thing because just about everyone – including you – has one whether they know it or not.   Every year during the General Assembly session, I participate in former Delegate Kris Amundson’s institute named for the program she developed while a […]

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3 Things Donald Trump Can Do to Win.

The historic presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump seems to have hit a plateau, but there are three things he can do to win to rest of the Republican primaries and, yes, the general election. This offering of a Big Three is not to help The Donald win as much as it is intended to […]

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Pope Francis and Donald Trump – The Actual Transcript

The headlines and news stories of yesterday’s require an actual reading of the transcript of the in flight press conference that Pope Francis conducted on the way from Juarez, Mexico to Rome. Here is what Reuters reporter, Phil Pullella asked Pope Francis and what Pope Francis actually said in his answer. Pullella – “Today, you […]

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Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primaries – Oompa Loompas!

The Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primaries are the Oompa Loompas of presidential politics. I’m often asked, “why do Iowa and New Hampshire get to pick the nominees?” There are a lot of reasons most notably history, tradition, and the state laws of both Iowa and New Hampshire. Like Oompa Loompas – they just are. […]

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Iowa Caucus Podcast

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