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I’m a Summer Baby, so, baby, let’s go!

Voting is fundamental, and “truth in labeling” matters. Voter ID Laws? I’m good. Of course voters should be expected to prove they are who they say they are and establish their eligibility to participate in our elections. No argument here. And I frankly find suggestions that some minority voters are incapable of securing standardized personal identification to be condescending, insulting and even racist.

But the wave of cynical legislation cresting in GOP controlled statehouses has nothing to do with “Voter ID.” This is about voter suppression. And water is wet.

Yes, let’s make our voter rolls as accurate as possible. (Although frankly this is a “solution” in search of a problem.) But once a voter’s legitimacy has been established, it is our democratic duty to make voting as easy and convenient as possible.

Who could possibly take issue with that premise? Well, cynically partisan politicians who possess basic math skills, that’s who. This is just about “numbers.” GOP electoral success is dependent on shrinking the size of the electorate. As voter turnout and participation rise, Republican chances fall, pretty much in direct proportion. Again, that statement is not “partisan.”  It’s fact.

And we’re all about Bringing Facts Back into Fashion.

Particularly chilling for any American of integrity are provisions in many of these bills that would enable politically partisan legislatures to brazenly and arbitrarily toss out and overturn any election results they simply don’t like. That absurd notion is pretty much the reason we are where we are.  And where we are is not a good place.

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.