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John Block: Rural America Speaks Up

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Now that the election is over, Democrats are trying to figure out what went wrong. Not only will they lose the White House in January, they did not get control of the Senate and gained very little in the House.… Read More
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John Block: Election Day 2016 – Part II

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This year’s election process has been wild and crazy. Hard to imagine, but we will know the results on Tuesday. Last week, Rick Frank delivered this radio program for me. He said that he would vote for Hillar… Read More
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John Block Reports: Election Day 2016 & the Need for a Balanced Government

On October 27, 2016, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank filled in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on his weekly radio broadcast: Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day.  A free and fair election is what separates the U.S. from many… Read More
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George McGovern: My Turn

Every election year, former Senator George McGovern (SD), the 1972 Democratic Nominee for President, seems to find his way back into the news, and this one, 2016, more than most. Comparisons come up routinely between McGovern’s 1972 campaign agains… Read More
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Where are the “Farmers and Ranchers for Donald J. Trump”? Let alone for Ted Cruz?

Anyone who has spent time around political circles in Washington, D.C., knows that, by this point in a presidential campaign, leading candidates have usually gathered around them a network of advisors connecting them to key issues and constituent gro… Read More
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Bernie on Agriculture

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Earlier this month, I summarized the agriculture positions of the candidates for President on both sides of the aisle. You can read that column here. Since that time, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who i… Read More
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U.S. Congress -- Both Chambers are controlled by Republicans: What now?

What now?  The answer is quite a lot. It remains to be seen whether the change-over in the U.S. Senate, putting both chambers of Congress in the hands of Republicans, will do anything to alter the modus operandi of the Obama presidency — which… Read More
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Anticipating Committee Changes in the 114th Congress

Every new Congress brings changes in committee membership and sometimes in committee leadership.  The 114th Congress will follow this pattern, and will bring very significant changes as a result of the new Republican majority in the Senate.   Repu… Read More
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John Block: Mid-Term Elections

At last – the mid-term election is behind us. President Obama had said that although he was not on the ballot, his policies were. The nation’s voters repudiated those policies. Republicans were voted in and Democrats voted out. Some races are sti… Read More
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