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Guest Commentary by David Archibald The area planted for corn and soybeans this season is well below historic averages. This was mostly due to waterlogged fields and flooding which precluded planting. The planting windows for corn and soybeans are now closed. The USDA crop progress reports provide weekly updates by state. For example this is…

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The Oregon Standoff Continues

From ABC via MSN News We covered this story a couple of days ago. Republican state senators have gone into hiding to avoid capture.  It’s TV drama time. Without a quorum, the legislature cannot legally vote on the bill. The stalemate continued into the weekend. “I don’t think you’re going to see us anytime soon,”…

Vox: Republican Generation Gap Over Climate Change Policy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Vox thinks the Republicans are torn between young members who want climate action, and older members who oppose a new carbon tax. But Vox are overlooking something important. Frank Luntz vs. Grover Norquist: the GOP’s climate change dilemma in a nutshell Republican ideology is on a collision course with public…