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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 19, 20186min2060

If you are of a certain age (say, 60 or above, which is still young, darn it all) and you have a memory for political trivia, you may recall the old political maxim that, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” For decades the state of Maine was the main state, so to speak, in predicting the main outcome for elections, and presidential elections in particular.  Maine was the “bellwether” state for many, many years, even though most folks using the term don’t know its origin. The term “bellwether” comes to us from Middle English, regarding the placing of a bell around the neck of a (wince) castrated ram – known as a wether – who lead a flock of voters, I mean sheep. There, now even if you don’t agree with me about anything political, at least you can say you learned something by reading my column. (Ed: just barely)


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 16, 20186min1700

Let’s imagine for a moment that it is, say, 250 years into the future. And in that far off time, your name is remembered by all, but not perhaps as you would have hoped. How might you feel, knowing that in that 23rdCentury, presumably after one James T. Kirk was born in Iowa, your name is remembered with irritation, frustration, and outrage. Not the best of legacies, eh?


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 12, 20186min2050

A story in Colorado Politics this week caused my mind to wander back to my own quixotic race for the U.S. Congress in 2008. One of the most important decisions a candidate must make is upon what to spend his or her precious campaign donations. In July of 2017 I wrote on the role of money in campaigns, and the challenge of both raising and then spending smartly. There is often debate within a campaign about what to spend a few bucks on, including how much TV and radio you want to purchase, as well as more mundane things like how many lawn signs to buy.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 9, 20186min3731

I usually begin these missives with at least a pathetic attempt at a bit of humor, but not today. No, this column needs to be serious throughout because there is nothing funny about what our nation has just gone through regarding the Supreme Court. While I most certainly have my own perspective (I believe Dr. Ford) I think both those in support of and those opposed to now-Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination can agree that the system did not work very well for either the Court or the nation.  


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 5, 20187min179

Well, it’s Friday and so I’m guessing you may well be expecting a column on Judge Kavanaugh. And I think there are very important things to be said about this important nomination. But I’m not going to be the one to say them (Ed: yay!). Instead, I’m giving you a break from that Washington nightmare and instead I want to talk about an entirely different problem – radiation standards at the EPA, teachers, and the Nobel Prize in Physics. See how it all comes together? Not so much? (Ed: nope)


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackSeptember 20, 20187min215

Recently the athletic-wear maker Nike made news by making Colin Kaepernick the face of a new ad campaign. Kaepernick, you will recall, is the now-out-of-work NFL quarterback who, by taking a knee during the national anthem, started a wave of protests which outraged many on the right. So, it was certainly a surprise to many to see the face of Mr. Kaepernick prominently placed in an advertising campaign to sell shoes.