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Margaret Martin: This won’t end well

A few weeks ago The New York Times published an article by Binyamin Appelbaum and Robert Gebeloff titled “Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It.” It followed a conservative middle-class family that happened to be from Minnesota and has accepted federal money under different programs: the earned income tax credit, free school breakfast and lunch.

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Margaret Martin: Paladins and Gladiators

Clausewitz’s famous aphorism, “war is politics by other means,” has been inverted by others to “politics is war by other means.” If you buy that conflict-driven view of politics, there are a number of ways to look at what it means for legislatures. But certainly it involves “battle” conducted on various levels and with many different players.

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iPhone, iPad, iLegislature

There are few things that have changed every facet of work and life more than computer technology and the ability to carry it in our pockets. Likewise the social networking phenomenon, whether it be through Facebook, Twitter or texting, has made an impact everywhere.

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