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New legislative session begins

I recently returned to Columbia to kick off the 2021 legislative session. With masks and other precautions in place, we had a productive start to the year. It was great to be back at the Statehouse!

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Outside Advent

Just after school resumed this past September and before leaf-watching traffic descended upon the southern Appalachians, an old friend and I rode our loaded bicycles along the length of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway from Front Royal, Va., to Cherokee, N.C., a trip covering 14 days, 575 miles and 63,000 feet of climbing.

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Pain is worth the gain

With COVID-19 cases rapidly increasing, it is exciting to receive Moderna’s 94.1 percent efficacy and 100 percent effectiveness against severe COVID-19 news, since I am a volunteer participant in their vaccine clinical trial.

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Jesus and the election

I think this is almost invariably (note the tiny escape clause) an accurate statement: Lutheran pastors do not tell parishioners how to vote.

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A fruitful session

I am excited to continue updating you on the results of our two-week legislative special session. The House and Senate returned to Columbia last month to complete some unfinished business after our regular session was unexpectedly cut short in March, (no) thanks to COVID-19.

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