Curt Smith

Curt
Smith

Smith is a conservative public policy advocate.

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Smith is a conservative public policy advocate.

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August 27, 2015 12:31 PM 20 Comments

Rainbow Journalism

As an understudy of the late, great Dr. Richard Gray,  my mentor at the IU School of Journalism in the late 1970s, I learned to hate ‘yellow journalism.’  That was the term applied to the scare tactics, lurid headlines and public pandering raised to an art form by William Randolph Hearst as he built a newspaper empire. It’s pinnacle was his retort to a photographer in the Philippines on the eve of the Spanish-American War of 1898.…

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May 8, 2015 8:36 AM 3 Comments

Rule Britannia!

British Prime Minister’s David Cameron surprisingly strong victory on Thursday may presage a turn to the right next year in American politics. Public opinion across the globe can follow similar paths as issues and ideas before free peoples are resolved with some common themes. We certainly saw that with President Ronald Reagan and the United Kingdom’s Margaret Thatcher as they finished the Cold War and revamped the moribound economies of the West. Canada’s Stephen Harper…

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March 27, 2015 12:37 PM 7 Comments

Ink Blot Law

The willful ignorance about the recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) can only be likened to some odd form of an ink blot test for policymakers and pundits. Legislators and now other commentators opine on the law the same way psychologists use ink blots to draw out our hidden hopes and fears. They take the text, don’t bother to read or study it, and start talking about their worst fears. Similarly, psychologists hand us…

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February 3, 2015 12:22 PM 3 Comments

Friday = Donnelly

While it is always an honor for a city to host the President of the United States, we should not get too excited about President Obama’s Friday visit to Indianapolis. This trip is not about education, it is not about Ivy Tech, and it is not about Indianapolis — the capital city of a red state Obama won in 2008. This trip is all about Indiana’s junior US Senator, Joe Donnelly, D-South Bend. The President…

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February 2, 2015 5:21 PM

Super Dads & Dogs

Call me sentimental, but I was more than a little encouraged by the Superbowl advertising fare last evening. Yes, it was a great football game, and, no, I don’t agree with the call to pass on the goal line instead of giving the ball to the NFL’s best rusher. But enough Monday morning quarterbacking. It is now time for me to play Monday afternoon Madison Avenue advertising executive, and in that role, I think there…

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January 21, 2015 10:58 AM 16 Comments

Religious Freedoms Restored

In the spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call “to let freedom ring,” a major push is underway in the Indiana General Assembly to elevate religious liberties in Indiana. The bill, offered by Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis) and Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola), has been dubbed the “Hobby Lobby “bill by its supporters (including yours truly), because it creates for Indiana the federal statute that led to the pro-freedom outcome in last summer’s Supreme Court…

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December 22, 2014 4:43 PM 5 Comments

Indiana’s Most Productive Legislator

State Rep. Eric Turner, who at age 62 stepped down this month after 24 years in the Indiana House following re-election with 60 percent of the vote, is arguably the Hoosier State’s most productive legislator of the past two decades. Just consider a partial list of bills he passed or co-authored: Capping property taxes for homeowner’s, farmers and businesses in partnership with then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. Reducing the corporate tax rate, thereby making Indiana one of the…

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December 16, 2014 4:08 PM 4 Comments

Sen. Coats On Illegal Alien Amnesty Funding

Indiana’s senior US Senator, Dan Coats, who just switched a prime Committee assignment from Appropriations to Finance signaling he will push for the tax reform bill he authored with Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, also is explaining his support for a budget deal approved over the weekend. In a Facebook post, the social media savvy Coats offered this simple and (me thinks) satisfactory answer for those concerned the budget deal allows the President’s amnesty plans to…

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November 12, 2014 9:31 AM 1 Comment

Watch Your Coats On Tax Reform

Indiana’s senior US Senator., Dan Coats, introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill with Oregon’s Ron Wyden shortly after being elected in 2010. Sen. Wyden, a true liberal from a very blue state, stands ready to rise the top Democratic post on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee. He is likely to use the bill he and Coats co-authored as the starting point for any discussions with the GOP lead (and now Committee Chair), Chuck Grassley of…

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November 6, 2014 9:14 AM 1 Comment

30 Percent Voter Turnout Two Decade Low

Turnout in yesterday’s election, as reported by the Indianapolis Star, was 1,322,876 votes (Auditor’s race; 99+ percent of precincts reporting). .  That is the lowest off-year election since at least 1998 (see chart below, which is all the data I have pulled together). Total registrations prior to the election were reported at 4,558,941, meaning less than 30 percent of eligible voters participated yesterday.   INDIANA VOTER TURNOUT HISTORY   YEAR TURNOUT % TOTAL VOTE REGISTERED VOTERS…

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