Palm: Who Controls the Narrative?

Everywhere we turn, people are debating “critical race theory,” questioning others’ motives, and trying to quantify the truth. These are important, painful discussions. From my perspective as a female state legislator who acknowledges my white privilege, these debates play out at the Capitol in real, and sometimes alarming, ways. During the legislative session that just ended, much of this discussion centered on race, gender, equity and alleged voter fraud. And whether taking place in the wee hours or during prime time – and whether said as a toss-off statement or repeated during an hours-long filibuster – it’s quite clear that

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Palm on the ‘Wins and Losses’ of the 2021 Session

After a somewhat truncated 2020 legislative session where handling constituent needs took up the lion’s share of time, the 2021 session saw a return to more intensive lawmaking. I am so pleased that we were able to pass significant economic recovery and worker protection laws, expand access to healthcare, and initiatives to protect the environment, further criminal justice reform, and pass the most bipartisan budget in recent memory. To be sure, many good bills died in the process, and one could debate whether this was due to lack of political will or because of hours of filibustering by the minority

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Opinion: “Normal was never good enough”

No one wants to live like this. No business wants to remain shuttered. No doctor or nurse wants to see this much death. And no reasonable elected official wants to prolong the agony of the shut-down. But amid the cries to re-open our state, we must find a balance between our financial interests and our physical well-being. After all, with innovation and hard work, over time the economy will rebound. But lost lives are lost forever. Now that more Americans have died of COVID-19 in two months than were sacrificed in the two decades of the Vietnam War, it is

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