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Shrader’s Official 2016 MLB Predictions: Big Papi Edition

Monday, April 4th, 2016

This baseball season begins on both an exciting and somber note. The 2016 season will be the last hurrah for David Ortiz, who for me has perhaps been the most exciting baseball player and personality of my lifetime. Although he debuted with the Twins in 1997, I first discovered Big ... Read More »

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The Democratic Race: Sanders Surge or Clinton Consensus?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Over the past several months I have spent an inordinate amount of time talking and writing about the intense and somewhat bizarre race for the Republican presidential nomination. Thanks to the endless supply of fodder for discussion offered by the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, ... Read More »

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(Most) Senate Republicans Engage in Diplomatic Sabotage

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Having been involved in politics for 20 years, I am aware that the process involves a tremendous amount of partisan tension, robust debate, and the occasional skullduggery. As Finley Peter Dunne’s Irish saloonkeeper Mr. Dooley famously noted, "politics ain't beanbag.” However, the letter signed by 47 Republicans undercutting the President ... Read More »

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Forget Washington; the Real GOP Wave Happened Close to Home 

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The great Will Rogers observed that “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” I get this feeling whenever I watch Jon Stewart’s Daily Show or John Oliver’s This Week Tonight and compare the depressing realities of American politics that they astutely cover ... Read More »

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The False Hope of Redistricting “Reform”

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

America’s system of congressional redistricting has become a leading source of blame for our country’s political woes. Has redistricting has become a convenient scape goat for the larger structural problems that have led to our country’s seemingly unbreakable political gridlock and general governmental malaise? I believe this to be the ... Read More »

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Is Chris Christie Really Finished?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Join me for a ride in the Wayback Machine as we return to the days following the 2012 election when New Jersey’s Chris Christie was almost immediately anointed by the press and punditry as the savior of the Grand Old Party following Mitt Romney’s presidential election defeat. The bulk of the ... Read More »

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Testimony in Support of Bill No. 130701 (Oh)

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Nathan R. Shrader Testimony in Support of Bill No. 130701 (Oh) Committee on Law and Government Hearing Friday, November 22, 2013   It is an honor to present this testimony on behalf of Councilman Oh’s common sense proposal to modernize the city’s illogical “resign to run” law, Bill No. 130701. I apologize that I am ... Read More »

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Are Dems Falling in Love, or Falling in Line with Hillary?

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Earlier this year my American Presidency students learned about political advisor Sidney Blumenthal’s concept of “the permanent campaign,” which was also the title of his 1980 book. The idea is that the basic fundamentals which drive a campaign don’t subside once the election has passed. The next campaign begins almost ... Read More »

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Political Gamesmanship Hurts Veterans

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Between May 18 and July 4 Americans will celebrate Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. The country’s veterans and those who care about them will be inundated with patriotic speeches on the floor of Congress and the state legislatures, at the local VFW halls, and along ... Read More »

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110 New Profiles in Courage

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Jack Kennedy’s famous book Profiles in Courage should be updated to include the bravery of the Maryland leaders who demonstrated an astounding amount of political courage by repealing the state’s long-standing death penalty law. Just several days ago the Maryland State Senate voted 27 to 20 and the House voted 82 ... Read More »

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