Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Abdul-Hakim
Shabazz

Shabazz is a political commentator.

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Shabazz is a political commentator.

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June 11, 2017 9:02 AM

The First Amendment is a Lot of Fun

This weekend in Indianapolis there were two events that could not be any more different from each other, the Indy Pride parade and a rally against Sharia Law. Although I have to say, the anti-Sharia law crowd was a lot more “colorful” than the Indy Pride folks. The point of Pride was to celebrate the members of the LGBT community (I apologize if I left out a letter) and the point of the anti-Sharia law…

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June 5, 2017 10:37 PM

Five Quick Fixes for Indiana’s Alcohol Laws

With a new poll out showing a majority of Hoosiers support Sunday sales and being able to buy cold beer at grocery and convenience stores, here are five quick things Indiana lawmakers can do to put some sanity back in the state’s alcohol laws. Let Hoosiers buy alcohol on Sundays at grocery and convenience stores. There is no reason that an activity that perfectly legal Monday through Saturday should be outright banned on Sunday.  It’s…

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May 28, 2017 7:50 AM

A Tale of Two Indys

It is the best of times. It was the best of times.  It is an age of wisdom and occasionally, some foolishness.  Yes, I am paraphrasing the famous line in a Tale of Two Cities, but in fact, I am talking about Indianapolis.  As I look around the city lately, it is pretty clear that two Indianapolis’ are taking shape. There is one Indianapolis where companies like Salesforce and Infosys are making tech job announcements…

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May 20, 2017 8:25 AM

Trump’s Turmoil

While I have never been a Donald Trump supporter, I do not want him to fail as President. If he failed, the country failed, and that’s not good for anyone. With that said, Donald Trump’s biggest enemy is not the media, the Democrats or the D.C. Swamp, aka, the Establishment; it’s Donald Trump. I base this conclusion on the last 25 years of my life as a reporter, spokesman for an elected official, attorney, and…

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May 13, 2017 11:58 AM

To the Class of 2017

It’s that time of year.  The time of year I dispense my advice to this year’s graduating class.   Feel free to add you own to the list.   Everything happens for a reason, sometimes we just can’t figure it out right away, but eventually, you do.  And you will be amazed at how the tragedy was necessary for you to triumph later. Fear is okay, being afraid is not.  A good healthy dose of…

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May 4, 2017 7:52 AM

Voting Early Doesn’t Equal Voting Often

The discussion is heating up once again in Marion County over the issue of satellite voting.   Common Cause and the Indianapolis Chapter of the NAACP have filed a lawsuit against the State of Indiana and Marion County over early voting, or the lack thereof. They say because other counties have multiple early voting opportunities and Marion County doesn’t, that Marion County voters are being disenfranchised because they have to come down to the City-County building…

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May 1, 2017 11:11 AM

Win, Lose or Draw

Now that we’ve had a little more than a week to digest what Indiana lawmakers did and did not do, it’s time for my list of winners and losers.  As I wrote in my most recent Indy Star column, nothing can ever really be considered a total win or complete loss because of the compromises necessary to make the legislative process work. However, some things are pretty obvious, and some things are worth keeping an…

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April 20, 2017 7:22 AM

Hogsett Offers More Hope (And More Questions)

As I sat down and watched Indianapolis Mayor Joe’s Hogsett’s second State of the City speech, two thoughts came to mind.   The mayor is a great at two things, giving an impassioned speech that reaches the heart of the listener and leaving me with more questions when he’s done. In his first state of the city address, the mayor talked about public safety, poverty and getting the city’s finances in order.  He spoke about a…

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April 13, 2017 8:01 AM

Working Instead of Whining

I love it when people tell me that “there are no jobs out there”.  And even though I point to Indiana’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate and 64.4 percent worker participation rate, they still tell me that they can’t find a job because they’re black, have a criminal record or are an older person.  The excuses run like water. And while I could cite more facts and data about wages and how in most cases education…

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April 9, 2017 8:06 AM

When Governments Get Left Behind

If there is one thing I’m learning coming out of this session at the Indiana Statehouse, is despite making a lot of progress on the fiscal and economic fronts, state government still has a long way to go to catch with the 21st century when it comes to understanding technology and consumers. What exactly do I mean? Think about how consumer purchasing habits have changed over the past 20-30 years. If you had to go…

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