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Minimum wage becomes major national, state issue

A national debate rages about the minimum wage. One side argues the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour yields a family income below the poverty line. On the other side, businesses argue they cannot afford to raise wages without raising prices and losing sales. Each side can find reputable economists to support its position. […]

Does Republican establishment exist?

The Republican establishment doesn’t like Donald Trump. That’s the common refrain. It ignores the question of whether there is a Republican establishment or even if there is still a Republican Party. Of course, there are at least remnants of a traditional Republican Party. Its main platform has been pro-business and against government policies that affect […]

The mounting, secret taxes in electric bills

Most households are paying a tax that nobody talks about. Though far less exciting than today’s presidential campaign, this issue may affect most families. If you get this tax bill, you pay it once a month. The best part about it, at least for the legislators who have created it, is that the “taxpayer” is […]

Despite Trump turnout, only a few voters pick nominee

The presidential campaigns are getting closer to the choice of party nominees, but many people say they are unhappy about the most likely outcome. Party rules and relatively few voters are responsible for the likely matchup between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. This possible choice results from the demise of the “smoke-filled room” […]

Court clash ignores history, could deepen deadlock

The furor over whether President Obama should be allowed to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks like yet another case of today’s partisanship overriding the unwritten understandings that have made government work. Should Democrat Obama leave the appointment to his successor taking office in 11 months? Should the Senate, controlled by the Republicans, refuse […]