Local columns

A Democratic template for victory in 2020

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

A history lesson

WASHINGTON — They don’t teach history, at least American history, like they did when I attended public school. That’s why the recent hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court served as a teachable moment. Repeatedly, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2018. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the ...

Scooters outrun law

NEW YORK — I just zipped down a city street on an electric scooter. It cost me 15 cents a minute. Fast and fun! My scooter was just lying on the ground. I picked it up, activated it with my phone and rode away. When I was done, I simply abandoned it. Won’t it be stolen? No, because you ...

Not taking oneself too seriously

WASHINGTON — Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2018. There are 107 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 15, 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in. On this ...

Bill Schuette, marching bands and pumpkn spice

TRAVERSE CITY — Bill Schuette, your wanna-be next governor, recently signed onto a court filing that calls climate change “unsettled science.” And props to him: he’s right. To date, only 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists say climate change is real, is damaging the planet, ...

How They Voted

Legislative Initiative Petition 3, Mandate employers provide paid leave: Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate To mandate that all employers in the state (except federal agencies) grant employees one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours annually for small ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2018. There are 108 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice ...

Conditions ripe for another economic crash

BERKELEY — Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. But ...

Obama goes on attack, but arguments fall flat

WASHINGTON — He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor. Obama, who reportedly has been running his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2018. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 11, 2001, on America’s single-worst day of terrorism, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida members ...

Exciting news in Escanaba schools

ESCANABA — The 2018-2019 school year promises to be a great one in Escanaba. Buses are plying the streets, fall sports are heating up, school hallways are humming with students, and teachers are working hard in the classroom to help children prepare for bright futures. We are thrilled to be ...

Government’s guidance on campus rape

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department sent to colleges ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2018. There are 112 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 10, 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. ...

Judging Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Some people are very angry about President Trump’s new Supreme Court pick. “Hell no, Kavanaugh! He is a dangerous man!” protesters shouted on the steps of the Supreme Court. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand yelled, “What is at stake is freedom for LGBTQ Americans, for equal ...

Upcoming redistricting is a backstory of 2018 midterms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The task of drawing new boundaries for thousands of federal and state legislative districts is still about three years away, yet the political battle over redistricting already is playing out in this year’s midterm elections. North Carolina’s congressional ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2018. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon ...

Kavanaugh facing hostile Democrats

WASHINGTON — Since Robert Bork’s “borking” 30 years ago, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a high court nominee by a Republican president have become predictable. Democrats, who favor a “living Constitution,” meaning whatever they think the founding document ought to say, ...

Metaphor in a government-founded church

WASHINGTON — Last week, I was intrigued by all the fanfare attendant upon the national farewell to the late Sen. John McCain. I have written in this space that McCain and I were friends who spoke many times, but generally only about the issues upon which we agreed — abortion, immigration ...