Around the Block looks back: Florida’s 2012 voter registration law

Commentary Voter suppression then, voter suppression now; will we ever learn? In a recent Around the Block, I suggested that every once in a while I’d take a look back at archived columns that might still have some relevance today. As I said, “I’ve been writing Around the Block on and off since 2012. A lot hasContinue reading “Around the Block looks back: Florida’s 2012 voter registration law”

Great ideas, brilliantly executed is the key to Democrats winning elections

Commentary One Democratic candidate, John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, understands that The other day I posted a story called, “Making Joe Manchin irrelevant” Making Joe Manchin irrelevant While the focus of that story was about money in politics and, importantly how to donate strategically, I finished with this admonition: One last thing. After spending all this time talkingContinue reading “Great ideas, brilliantly executed is the key to Democrats winning elections”

Rose Mary Woods must be turning over in her grave!

Commentary Woods’ “inadvertent” erasure of a key Watergate tape is like amateur hour compared to today’s Secret Service’s malfeasance Most of you are old enough to remember Rose Mary Woods, President Richard Nixon’s personal secretary. But you wouldn’t have remembered Rose Mary Woods but for one incident. Woods worked for Nixon from his early daysContinue reading “Rose Mary Woods must be turning over in her grave!”

Making Joe Manchin irrelevant

Commentary And, while we’re at it, Kristin Sinema as well In the last Around the Block, “Why-for art thou, Joe Manchin?” https://around-the-block.com/2022/07/16/why-for-art-thou-joe-manchin/, I suggested that the only way to deal with Senator Joe Manchin, “Democrat” of West Virginia, is to make him irrelevant. The way to make him irrelevant is to ensure his vote doesn’t count;Continue reading “Making Joe Manchin irrelevant”

Why-for art thou, Joe Manchin?

Commentary “Why don’t you go, Joe Manchinio, our nation turns its tearful eyes to you.“* (*With apologies to my AEPi fraternity brother, Paul Simon. I think he’d approve.) The New York Times reported yesterday, “Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, pulled the plug Thursday on negotiations to salvage key pieces of President Biden’sContinue reading “Why-for art thou, Joe Manchin?”

Abolish the Electoral College?

Commentary Hillary thinks it’s as easy as…? Sorry for two intrusions on one day but I couldn’t let this one go by without a comment. I received an email earlier today: Abolish the Electoral College via End Citizens United. Below is the message in its entirety. Needless to say, signing the petition gives the signerContinue reading “Abolish the Electoral College?”

Herschel Walker, GOP poster boy

Commentary One column by the WaPo’s Gene Robinson sums up all that’s wrong with the Republican Party…and the nation I’ve been incredibly busy the last week or so on non-writing, family-oriented projects. So busy, exhausted actually, that I spent the entire day, and night, Monday, in bed. I don’t remember the last time I sleptContinue reading “Herschel Walker, GOP poster boy”

Does ‘Around the Block’ make a difference?

Commentary One reader thinks so! In yesterday’s Around the Block, I posted an open letter to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel. The subject was “The tyranny of the Supreme Court.” I told Congresswoman Frankel that I have, in my posts, “advocated for Congress to take action regarding Court reform.” I lamented the fact that “I am butContinue reading “Does ‘Around the Block’ make a difference?”

The tyranny of the Supreme Court

Commentary An open letter to Congresswoman Lois Frankel Dear Congresswoman Frankel, I have written to you many times. Perhaps I’m naïve, but for the most part my messages have only engendered canned replies from your office. I would hope this message will prompt a more thoughtful response and, more importantly, some action on your partContinue reading “The tyranny of the Supreme Court”