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Happy Election Day! Yes, really. There are 20 days left in the 2018 midterms, but today is the first day of early voting in North Carolina. Actual people are casting actual votes. This is very cool.

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If the Eagles hadn’t won the Super Bowl in February, they would be incredibly frustrating. They’ve taken losses to the Buccaneers, Titans, and Vikings, none of whom look like actual contenders to me. The weird part is, I still think they can beat anybody on the right day. The Rams and Chiefs as “favorites” don’t overwhelm me. Call me stupid, but I’m still thinking Eagles-Patriots re-match in Super Bowl 53, if the Eagles can figure out their corner-safety coverage schemes without McLeod.

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Today’s candidate of the day is Senator Bob Casey. The Pennsylvania Senator, long admired as a quiet, mild-mannered moderate has found his voice in the era of Donald Trump. Senator Casey has stood firm against Trump on everything from the Muslim ban to Brett Kavanaugh, despite being more moderate on policy than some of the fire breathers in the party.

Bob Casey has done the right thing, facing political peril for doing so in a state Trump won. Donate to him here. Volunteer here.

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While we’re on the subject of Senator Casey, his decency got the better of him again. Senator Casey has pulled an ad hitting Congressman Barletta in his home market for his vote to repeal the ACA and instead revoke patient protections from being blocked for having pre-existing conditions. Why? It hit too close to home for Barletta. Really. He has a grandson who is a twin (like the children in the ad) and is receiving chemo now.

Bob Casey did the good and decent thing by pulling the ad down in Northeast PA. It’s not the right thing though. I’m glad Rep. Barletta’s grandson is getting the treatment he needs, but Rep. Barletta should stop denying that treatment to other people in America. If he wants to doom other people while reaping the rewards of his position in society, he deserves to be held to account, comfortable or not.

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I miss a lot of things up North right now. I miss New York City. I miss cold weather. I miss Philly Sports Talk Radio. I’m going to miss Moravian Homecoming this week. I’m missing the trees changing colors.

Easton, PA, you are a wonderful place. You’re just a bit too far away.

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Facebook just informed me that two years ago today I watched NASA shoot a rocket into space from the Outer Banks. That was 22 days out from the election, and all was right in the world.

Happy 20 days.

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