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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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An Early Look at Some Congressional Changes Impacting Agriculture

With the House and Senate remaining under Republican majorities, it is very unclear what matters may be handled in the lame duck session, and which ones will be pushed into the 115th Congress.  Some will want to extend the Continuing Resolution fro… 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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House Speaker John Boehner Announces Retirement, Ending Motion to Vacate the Chair

Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced to House Republicans that he is retiring from Congress at the end of October.  Boehner, now in his fifth year as Speaker of the House, faced a challenge no other House Speaker had faced in over a centur… Read More
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2012 Elections Report; Updated Dec. 11

The 2012 election leaves Washington with little change.  Barack Obama retains the Presidency, while the Democrats actually improve their Senate majority, and the Republicans retain a somewhat smaller House majority.  This posting is intended to pro… Read More
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