Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Abdul-Hakim
Shabazz

Shabazz is a political commentator.

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Shabazz is a political commentator.

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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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April 1, 2017 8:04 AM

The Road to Compromise

There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding.  Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to road funding, and increasing the cigarette tax by 60 cents to help indirectly fill the budget gap created by the sales tax shift.  …

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March 26, 2017 8:35 AM

Let’s Level the Liquor Playing Field

Indiana’s alcohol laws will drive you to drink. We all know how ridiculous it is that you can’t buy alcohol on Sunday or cold beer at a grocery store or gas station (make that most gas stations).  But did you know in a liquor store you can’t sell cold soda or bottled still water, but you can get by carbonated water in a bottle, it’s called a commodity restriction which limits what can and can’t…

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March 16, 2017 8:57 AM

Hey Indiana Lawmakers, Thanks for Nothing!!!

Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, IL bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether then Governor Mike Pence could survive a re-election bid. How I miss those days. Don’t get me wrong, the substantive public policy guy in…

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March 9, 2017 8:19 AM

Time for a Single-Payer Health Care System

(With Congress on the road to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, I thought it was appropriate to dust off this column I wrote back in 2012.   It was brilliant then and is even more so now. ) As a conservative-libertarian leaning political pundit, I am now convinced more than ever that it is high time in this country for a single-payer health care system. Before you go into cardiac arrest, you might want…

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March 4, 2017 9:36 AM

A Toll Instead of a Tax

As Indiana lawmakers enter the second half of the 2017 session, the big focus will continue to be on roads and infrastructure and how do we pay for them.    Indiana has $1 billion in annual road needs and needs a long-term plan to make it happen.   House Republicans get major kudos for have the courage to raise the gas tax to help pay for part of the costs.  And anyone who thinks this can be…

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March 2, 2017 7:59 AM

Donnelly Will Be Tough to Beat

I have some friendly advice for my Republican friends regarding Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly.  He is not going to be a pushover come next year. Allow me to elaborate. Opioid abuse and veterans suicide.  We all know that no part of Indiana has been spared the impact of heroin, opioid, and prescription drug abuse.  In fact, I would argue they’ve had even more of devastating effect in the rural and suburban areas than in…

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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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