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LARRY PHILLIPS: Ensuring water availability for the state

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the charges given to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which primarily oversees water development and conservation in the state.

GOOD MORNING: ‘I like shells’

When “Finding Nemo” came to theaters 13 years ago, I had no idea of its existence. It was almost my birthday and my mom was out of town. My dad had this notion that any time my mother left the house for a period of time, he was going to misbehave. Misbehave here, meaning that he would take the my siblings and me out to dinner and we’d go to the mall and the movies. It was a great time. In 2003, however, I was just getting old enough where it wasn’t exactly cool to be with my dad all the time in public anymore.

Character no longer counts

Ranking right up there with the line, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?” is this recent headline in The Washington Times: “Honesty issues aside, voters still back Hillary Clinton, poll shows.”

Clinton’s possible VP picks: Only one is ready for prime time

The Post reports, “The Hillary Clinton campaign has begun checking into the positions, backgrounds and financial dealings of at least three potential vice presidential candidates, Democrats familiar with the process said Tuesday: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia.” There may be a longer list as well. It’s hard to imagine these three are the top contenders.

CRAIG ESTES: Disarming the Second Amendment won’t stop terrorism

Partisan spin doesn’t usually surprise me — after almost 15 years in politics, I’ve come to expect it from both sides in response to both triumphs and tragedies. But I was honestly surprised when, after the worst terrorist attack on our soil since Sept. 11, the left’s response was to blame the National Rifle Association, the Republican Party, and an imaginary class of scary-looking firearms. Remember when the country used to come together after terrorist attacks and unite against our common foes?

Town hall questions for real candidates: What to ask the Libertarian ticket

CNN, in what we hope will be a trend, is hosting a town hall Wednesday with the Libertarian ticket, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Considering how poorly Donald Trump is doing, the Libertarian ticket stands to gain a record share of the vote and offers voters from both major parties an alternative to “holding their noses” or not voting for president.