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Re: “Hutchinson likely to be less of a TV presence

I cover Hutchinson regularly at the Capitol. He's always very accessible. He always opens up the floor for questions, which are never limited. Basically, he stays as long as we keep asking.

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Posted by Steve Brawner on 08/25/2015 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Tim Griffin's dirty politics

I attended the Philander Smith event. Griffin started by asking which voter was most upset and then handed him the microphone. That voter listed a long list of grievances from a liberal perspective using prepared notes. Griffin did not interrupt. The rest of the evening was a free-flowing discussion. In no way was anyone muzzled. MemeyMo's assertion that the audience demanded that Griffin put away his slides is just factually incorrect. No one demanded anything. Griffin did not use the slides as part of a presentation, but he referred to them many times.

And no, I'm not some Griffin supporter. I voted for Lance Levi, the independent.

Posted by Steve Brawner on 08/19/2011 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Head of SOS committee endorses Rapert

I don't think Mr. Coleman gave up his First Amendment rights when he joined that committee. He's not an employee. I don't see how this is a problem.

Posted by Steve Brawner on 08/09/2011 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Walmart's authoritarian style

Somehow this has become about Christianity.

Posted by Steve Brawner on 06/22/2011 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Boehner's latest boner: Means-testing Medicare

Max, thanks for responding. I don't think working families, or the country, can afford to continue to pay most of the medical bills for the wealthiest of senior citizens without there being some sliding scale, but I would give it up in exchange for all of your suggestions except the last one. Compromise is not a bad thing, and it would be better than what we have, which is stasis.

I just wish the tone of the debate would allow us to actually address these long-term issues. Instead, we have a clear pattern: One party sticks their toe out on something controversial, and BAM! - the other side makes a political decision to oppose it sight unseen and gets rewarded at the polls. It happened with President Bush and Social Security. It happened with President Obama and health care. (Notice my use of the honorific "President" in front of both. Just a thing I have.) And now it is happening on Medicare. I don't agree with the Ryan plan and have said so in print, but at least it's a start, and if the Democrats would counter instead of gleefully licking their chops, then maybe we could get somewhere.

Posted by Steve Brawner on 05/10/2011 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Boehner's latest boner: Means-testing Medicare

So, what is your solution? I guess we'll keep doing nothing and let our kids worry about it.

Or we can let at least some of the Bush tax cuts expire, reduce the size of the military and our overseas commitments, and, yes, spend less on Medicare and Social Security by means testing and by raising the retirement age for future recipients who are now in their 50s and below.

Just being mad at one political party or the other isn't going to solve the problems. Especially if we don't want to admit the problems exist.

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Posted by Steve Brawner on 05/10/2011 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Don't try this at home

I thought his answer was a little more nuanced and complex than "it was because he loved his country so much." Doesn't excuse his adultery or hypocrisy. But then, his adultery and hypocrisy don't excuse mischaracterizing what he said.

Posted by Steve Brawner on 03/10/2011 at 11:29 AM

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