Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Abdul-Hakim
Shabazz

Shabazz is a political commentator.

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Shabazz is a political commentator.

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February 19, 2017 10:36 AM

So What Exactly is a “Working Family”?

I was listening a debate recently between two Indiana lawmakers and the subject came up regarding “working families”.  One said the other’s policies would hurt working families in Indiana.  I’ve been hearing that a lot lately.  One political party says the other political party’s policies are bad for “working families.”    And it’s not just the state level, but “working families” seem to get mentioned a lot by politicians these days.    But in all the…

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February 14, 2017 11:42 AM

Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Good for Business

I was in Target the other day picking up a Valentine’s Day card for my wife.   I grabbed a card and looked out the outside which read “I found the perfect woman.” I opened it expecting it to read “and you found the perfect man”, but it didn’t.  When I opened it up it said, “And so did you.” I was a little confused for a second until I realized it was a card for…

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February 13, 2017 9:13 AM

It’s a Different World

This past weekend I did an interview with a local community activist who has an Internet based television show.   We taped on Saturday at a studio at 38th and High School Road.  It was in a strip mall that was full of places that most of us would likely never go.  The inside was half finished, there were bars protecting shops, like I said, it was a likely a place where most of us would…

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February 7, 2017 9:59 AM

Revisiting Right to Work

I was reviewing my Facebook timeline this morning and it reminded me that it was five years ago that Indiana became a “Right to Work” (RTW) state. In case you forgot, RTW simply means you can’t be compelled to join a union as a condition of your employment. I immediately flashbacked to the protests at the Statehouse, although many of the protesters weren’t from Indiana.   I recall the naysayers arguing that RTW was going to…

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February 4, 2017 9:42 AM

Dear White People*

This may sound strange, but you have my permission to use the “n-word” whenever you feel like it.  No, I take that back, you have my blessing.   Here’s why. If the Deputy Mayor of Neighborhoods for the City of Indianapolis can use racially offensive language to describe black people and there are no consequences,  then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to spout off when you want and live happily ever after.…

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January 29, 2017 11:20 AM

Indiana Black Democrats Right to Demand Diversity

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  Not because Donald Trump is President or that Chicago Cubs won the World Series, but because I am in full agreement with the Indiana Legislative Black Caucus on an issue. In the 13 years I have been covering Indiana politics it has a been a rare day when the ILBC and I agree on anything, but this one of them.  Indiana state Democrats have done…

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January 17, 2017 8:04 AM

Don’t Let Simpson & Gray Mess Up Mass Transit

As some you know, I am not from Indianapolis. I am from that big city about 180 miles north on I-65, Chicago. Now when I say Chicago, I do not mean a milquetoast suburb, I mean I am from the city part of the city, the south side. I grew up near 79th and Western, went to White Sox games and did all the stuff that city kids do. I also rode the bus to…

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January 14, 2017 10:24 AM

Let’s Talk About Cuts

Indiana has $1 billion in annual road need.   The anti-tax crowd says don’t raises taxes, use existing budget dollars.  Ok, that’s fine, let’s see if we can take $1 billion out of the state budget. According to State Budget Agency, Indiana spent $30 billion in fiscal year 2016.   Wow, that’s a lot of money, Abdul.  And $1 billion of that is only three percent, anyone can cut three percent of anything and do just fine.…

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January 11, 2017 8:55 AM

Giving the Mayor a Grade

As some of you know one of the jobs I have is I teach college and at the end of every semester my students get a grade.  Well, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has completed his  first full year in office and it’s time to give him a grade. Now the way I decided to do this is to look at what the Mayor is most proud of with his accomplishments and take it from there. …

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December 29, 2016 8:27 PM

My Top 10 of 2016

Well as tradition dictates, it’s time for me to do my  top 10 state and local stories of 2016.  Of course most of this occurs in the shadow of President-Elect Donald’s Trump’s victory, so with that said, here we go…   Voters Turn Down Our IPS’ BS.  – IPS reform advocates win three out four seats on the school board, keeping the district moving forward instead of putting it on a path  back to when officials were…

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