• The U.S. House had planned to take up the 2018 Farm Bill this week...it's a vital piece of legislation for folks in this part of the country, of course. In the past, the bill has lumped together food production with food distribution...in other words, the provisions designed to help agribusiness were combined with provisions to provide food stamps and related programs, not because they're really related, but because there wasn't a majority that could be built to pass either bill alone.
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  • Regular listeners to this segment would not have been surprised to hear the news yesterday that Wisconsin Representative and Speaker of the U.S. House Paul Ryan was not seeking re-election. That possibility was mentioned earlier this week.
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  • We’ve talked about this before, but it came back into the news this week. The 2020 U.S. Census will have a new question on it. It’s not totally new, since it was on virtually every Census form of the past 150 years in one form or another, but has not appeared in a while. And most of us would find it not only easy to answer, but fundamental in determining data about our country.
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  • It seems like the most fundamental thing when a person declares that they are running for public office—getting the correct paperwork in place. And that includes the signatures of voters who support putting a candidate’s name on the ballot.
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  • If you've listened to KXEL for more than five minutes, you're aware that I've had the privilege of writing five books now...one was even a regional Barnes & Noble best seller. But none of the books I've written, or would ever write, will warrant the kind of secrecy or attain the sort of notoriety of the forthcoming book by fired FBI director James Comey.
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  • If you were expecting last night’s exclusive interview on “60 Minutes” to be full of scandal and revelations, you would be disappointed this morning.
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  • It happened while decent folks were sleeping overnight…the U.S. Senate passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that averted a government shutdown tonight…and allowed Congress to take their two-week-long Easter recess on time.
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  • It barely was noticed, given the suspicion that the whole thing was rigged and the outcome was hardly in doubt, but Vladimir Putin won another six-year term as President of Russia the other day.
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  • Back in 1930, Babe Ruth was sitting atop the baseball world as the undisputed Sultan of Swat. He signed a contract that year for $80,000…which was not only a huge sum in those Great Depression days, but more than that earned by the President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Hoover earned $75,000 per year as president.
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  • We’ve talked recently in this segment about how Democrats who want to win election to the U.S. House are running against the party’s leader in the chamber, Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
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