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It's that peculiar time again -- roughly midway (already!) in a government's life -- when the exhilaration of a new voyage hits the potholes.
Just before last spring's budget, I was tempted to say that the Liberal government of Premier Stephen McNeil seemed to be doing all right, everything considered. Then I remembered that's what I said about the previous NDP government at about the same point, just before it started flaming out.