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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Top 10 Tips for Session

Recently I was asked by a newly elected soon to be member of the General Assembly ten things that a person should do for Session which begins at noon today – January 13th. Maybe this person heard I used to give Top Ten lists on the House floor, then again maybe not. Either way….here we […]

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Dervish Whirling At 16

Nora “Like I’m Totally Not Even Kidding” Saxman turned 16 today. At 6:15am this morning, as she is cutting through the living room to the kitchen for a pre-volleyball practice snack, she announced to me – “I better be getting a super cute post out of you today!” I replied, “Morning, Nora. Happy Birthday!” “Whatever. […]

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Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina – Channeling Tom Petty

“Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down You can stand me up at the gates of Hell but I won’t back down Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down”   These lyrics from […]

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Now that most of the candidates have finally announced that they are, in fact, “in it to win it” – let’s update the rankings on who is the most likely candidate to actually win it. We are less than ten months away from knowing who will be the Republican nominee for President of the States […]

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