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Viewer Mail - 11/28/16

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Comments from a couple of Currently Speaking viewers.

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Marketing, Donald Trump & Rural America

Posted by Ralph Wirtz on

What I have been hearing from people, and I have talked to quite a few, who supported President-elect Donald Trump are two recurring themes: one group voted for Trump because there are three possible Supreme Court seats up for appointment during the next eight years, and the other group is saying that “now they have to listen to the little guy.”

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The United States of America

Last Updated by Jim Johnson on

Following the election last Tuesday, it is very difficult to respect what the United States of America has done to itself. As early statements and reactions from around the world suggest, there is little, if anything, to be proud of.

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Obama’s Paradoxical Legacy

Posted by Lee Trepanier on

As we are about to elect a new president, President Obama only has a few months left in office. What will his legacy be? Although it is too early to provide a definitive account, we can at least provide some preliminary thoughts.

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Going High When They Go Low

Last Updated by Peter Brian Barry on

After two ugly, ugly debates and a host of unseemly revelations, the Trump campaign looks to be in a death spiral and Trump doesn’t seem that interested in pulling out of it. But Secretary Clinton has a real opportunity here to turn the page and add some substance and class to the final debate.

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Voting Rights in This Contentious Year

Posted by Julie Keil on

Most voters vote only when there is an interesting issue or candidate or when goaded by family and friends. For this type of voter, restrictions on the methods to vote became barriers or excuses for their participation in this important political act.

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Viewer Mail for 10/10/16

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I'd like to point out that many Republican voters are not just know-nothing Trump supporters. I think a lot of people are either voting against Hillary or for Republican issues, and they are just tolerating Trump to do so.

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Viewer Mail for 10/3/16

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A viewer writes to us about a discussion she had about welfare and other types of government assistance.

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The Language of Politics Today: Donald Trump, Racism, and Sexism

Posted by Lee Trepanier on

How it is that Donald Trump, who has proudly proclaimed he's a racist and sexist, is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for the presidency? His misogynist comments about Megyn Kelly, Hillary Clinton, and other women as well as his attacks on Muslims, Mexicans, and other minorities appear to have little effect on his efforts to secure the Republican nomination.

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Getting By with Eight Justices

Posted by Julie Keil on

There has been a lot of discussion of the next appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court, but not what the Court will do in the meantime.

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How Not to Honor Justice Scalia

Posted by Peter Brian Barry on

There are surely a myriad number of ways to honor the passing of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia. But surely one trivial way to honor the man would be to give credence to the theory of Constitutional interpretation that Justice Scalia articulated and defended during his time on the bench.

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Supreme Court Nominations In Election Season

Last Updated by Mark Ranzenberger on

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was barely dead when the process to replace him on the court turned messy and political, but this battle might not be the messiest one ever over a Supreme Court nomination.

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It’s Time to Do Away with the Direct Primary

Posted by Ryan Petersen on

If there’s one thing that I have become convinced of during this year’s presidential campaign, it’s that the time has come to do away with the direct primary.

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When Bowlers Vote

Last Updated by Jim Johnson on

In June of last year, [the Republican Party] started to roll out the new and improved version of potential presidential standard bearers for the 2016 election. The most observable problem which is immediately evident is that the field of potential residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is even more unusual and disastrous for the GOP than the slate in 2012.

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Climate Change

Posted by Ralph Wirtz on

As I sit in my house with my thermostat set at 68 degrees to save energy, I scroll through a bunch of web pages concerning the climate change conference, COP21, taking place now through Dec. 11 in Paris, France.

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Currently Speaking host Andy Rapp

Veteran journalist Andy Rapp has been hosting Currently Speaking since 1999.

Each week, he's joined live in the studio by journalists, academics, and experts. Along with viewers at home, they tackle the local, national, and global issues that matter most.