#1621: The Violet Belt | 51%

August 13, 2020 00:27:25
#1621: The Violet Belt | 51%
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#1621: The Violet Belt | 51%
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On this week’s 51%, there was a time when violet corsages were in… even a first lady was known to sport them. The National Guard steps in to plug staff shortages at long-term care facilities in California. You’ve heard of the Rust Belt… the Corn Belt… the Sun Belt…but what about the Violet Belt? The […]

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