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Haley’s Comet

Tomorrow, it’s back to California. So let’s spend our last day in South Carolina with a brief look at the state’s governor, Nikki Haley, who’s up for re-election this fall. About Haley: As the Palmetto State’s first female and nonwhite … Continue reading

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T-Rav Revs Up

Day Two of our stay in Charleston and the notion that the locals don’t hide crazy, they put it on the front porch . . . Yesterday, we looked at Rep. Mark Sanford, the Charleston-area congressman who managed to find … Continue reading

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Charleston’s “War of the Roses”

I’m in Charleston, South Carolina, today through Wednesday, on a fact-finding mission (the fact: my father celebrating his 80th birthday; the finding: there are few nicer places to be post-Labor Day — provided no hurricanes are working their way up … Continue reading

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A Special Voter Turns 80

A landmark day in the Whalen family: my father is celebrating his 80th birthday. About the “old man”: he’s made a journey that he’d never boast about, but is impressive in its own right. He lost his father at a … Continue reading

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The Final Straw In Mississippi

There are races featuring straw polls and straw men. But a race decided by who draws the short straw? That seems to be the case in Poplarville, Mississippi, where a special election runoff for alderman apparently will be decided by the … Continue reading

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In Ohio, the Wreck of the Ed FitzGerald

In all, not a bad year for Ohioans. Cleveland landed the services of both LeBron James and Johnny Manziel, as well as the honor of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention. The Indians are still in the playoff hunt, while … Continue reading

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The White House’s Hotline . . . To New Hampshire?

Time was when “the hotline” had but one definition: first installed 51 years ago last August, it meant a 24-hour-a-day connection between the White House and the Kremlin in order to speed up communications between the two Cold War powers … Continue reading

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