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BEN WILLIAMS — A primer on the nuclear option

What with all the jabber about the possibility of U.S. Senate Republicans exercising the “nuclear option,” an abbreviated primer on the parliamentary procedure seems appropriate. Senate Rules & Cloture: Yes, the French have a word for everything. As the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest deliberative body,” the 100-person U.S. Senate has long prided itself on allowing unlimited debate.  If a senator desired ...

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CRAWFORD: One nation, indivisible, falling apart

In between bleeding heart liberals and heartless conservatives abide ordinary Americans with heartfelt concerns about the future of our country. Those of us with deep roots — I am a Mayflower descendant — shudder at the rise of divisive politics and the decline of historic ideals that unite us. In between Memorial Day, when we as a nation remember and ...

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WISEMAN: Barbour is right on Voting Rights Act

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more. This time a case emanating from Shelby County, Ala., serves as the vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires that any change in any aspect of voting procedures of a jurisdiction must be approved by the ...

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WISEMAN: On 10th Amendment issues states are doing just fine

One surefire way to gain the sympathy of the voters during election season is for a candidate to bemoan the fact that the evil ole federal government is brutishly suffocating the states under the heel of its boot. Given the recent rhetoric of certain candidates and the flurry of activity by the states now is a good time to assess ...

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