Chris Trejbal
Christian Trejbal is a freelance editorial writer, editor and political consultant based in Portland, Ore. He wrote exclusively for The (Bend) Bulletin and The Roanoke Times before founding Opinion in a Pinch. He serves on the board of directors of the Association of Opinion Journalists Foundation and is open government chairman. Follow him on Twitter @ctrejbal and facebook.

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act, via Wikimedia Commons

Republicans can’t win Obamacare subsidies case

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No matter what happens in King v. Burwell, Republicans lose.
secular wedding minister

After marriage equality, let’s win secular wedding equality

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Secular Americans shouldn’t have to choose between fake belief and bureaucracy on their wedding day.
Golf Digest's May 2015 cover.

Golf Digest’s May issue is absurdly sexist. Again.

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Women and golfers deserve an apology from Golf Digest for its latest sexist cover.
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. (Library of Congress)

Who really surrendered at Appomattox Court House?

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The South is a drag on America. Let the former Confederacy secede.
Global climate change, via Creative Commons

How to win the climate change wars

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In the climate change war, science is losing the messaging battle. It’s time to embrace the war on coal.
Chuck Hagel.

Chuck Hagel’s resignation: McCain and Cornyn were right

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GOP Senators McCain and Cornyn were right: Chuck Hagel wasn’t qualified to be Secretary of Defense.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 2, 2013: White Hummer H2 limousine at the city street. Art Konovalov /

Put the brakes on the per-mile vehicle tax

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Some states are considering charging a per mile instead of per gallon tax. A decidedly unprogressive idea.
Indecision by Shutterstock

Wehby, Merkley and a cowardly newspaper in Oregon

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The Oregonian chose not to endorse in the state’s U.S. Senate race between Democrat Merkley and Republican Wehby.
the South

Red states give more to churches, not charities

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People in red states give a lot of money to “charities” that do not do a whole lot of charitable work.
At least, it's not nukes.

Say goodbye to America’s landmarks this Independence Day

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Ellis Island, Jamestown, Mesa Verde and 27 other national landmarks could soon disappear thanks to climate change.

Virginia’s “Redskins Caucus” takes pride in a slur

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3 members of the Virginia General Assembly are rallying for the cause of racism with a “Redskins Pride Caucus.”

Virginia GOP allegedly bribed Dem. Sen. Puckett to block Medicaid expansion

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The senator and his daughter get lucrative jobs & the GOP takes over the state Senate, killing Medicaid expansion.

State Department has (mostly) thrown in the towel on climate change

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State has mostly shifted from prevention of, to preparation for, climate change and its ensuing damage.
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