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July 31, 2020

Capitol News.  Speculation is running rampant between Chicago and Cairo. Will Speaker Madigan be indicted? Will he be convicted? Will his caucus toss him out? For Capitol junkies, Madigan watchers have asked these questions for decades. Admittedly, this go round looks to be the most serious. Anyone who follows boxing understands that body blows begin to take their toll in the late rounds. The body blows never knock you out, but they do set you up for the knockout punch. It is getting late in the fight, but nobody is quite sure if this is the last round or if the knockout is coming.

Over the years I’ve observed the power of the Feds. They have two advantages that almost no one else has: They have all the time in the world, and they have the full financial power of the US Treasury behind them to back themselves up. Odds are always stacked in their favor.

Be Safe. Stay Healthy.     Mark Strawn & Kevin Morphew


The 2021 MidWinter Seminar has been moved to Key West, Florida. Watch this space for more details.


AGCI/SIBA/ECA Shooting Event. Click here for the flyer to register for the upcoming AGCI/SIBA/ECA Shooting Event. The event will take place on Thursday, September 24 and will once again be held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. The event is a sporting clays competition with a four-man team format in three flights. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the top 12– and 20–gauge shooters. Be sure to indicate 12–gauge or 20–gauge on the registration form.



End-of-Week Summary.  The end-of-week summary for the week ending July 31, 2020 can be found at


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