Jim Shella

Jim
Shella

Shella is WISH-TV’s Statehouse reporter.

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Shella is WISH-TV’s Statehouse reporter.

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December 8, 2015 10:50 AM 2 Comments

The problem with Trump

Donald Trump has figured out how to attract the spotlight and stay center stage no matter what the subject matter. That’s his goal. His call for a ban on Muslim travel to the U.S. has prompted even fellow Republicans from Dan Coats to Dick Cheney to criticize his thinking. Yet he dominates the news, social media, and party conversations. As long as he is on top in the polls that is likely to be the…

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October 29, 2015 4:31 PM

Blame it on the media

Several years ago I was impressed by a news photographer with an entrepreneurial bent who printed out t-shirts that said “Blame it on the Media.” He sold them to members of the media who were covering national political conventions. He made a small fortune. You see, journalists can take criticism, maybe even crave it on occasion. Yet politicians still see the media as a convenient whipping boy. We saw it repeatedly in the GOP Presidential…

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October 22, 2015 1:53 PM

Brewer takes the high road

Chuck Brewer has a new TV ad that is a 30 second political science lesson. The ad is a positive one featuring Greg Ballard on camera endorsing Brewer. What I don’t understand is why the only image of Brewer in the ad is a combat photo of him as a Marine. He is unrecognizable in it. The biographical fact is nice but voters don’t know this guy yet. And then the the remainder of the…

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May 21, 2015 10:44 AM

The Pence strategy

Why did Mike Pence let someone else reveal his plans for a re-election announcement coming in June? And why was that announcement of the announcement made so far in advance? Because Mike Pence is in a bad place. He needs to get the word out that he’s running again to discourage other Republicans from getting a campaign started. And he needs to appear popular when he officially reveals his 2016 plans. There is no surprise…

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May 8, 2015 3:04 PM 4 Comments

A suggestion to counter low voter turnout

Tuesday was a primary election day that went little noticed. 7% turnout in Marion County.  ‘Nuff said? But early in the day on Tuesday I thought I would try to help out. I sent out what I thought was an innocuous tweet. “It’s election day. Did you vote? Do the right thing.” Charlie White, the former Secretary of State removed after a conviction for voter fraud, immediately tried to start a twitter battle. Easily ignored.…

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April 15, 2015 11:05 AM 7 Comments

Oesterle for governor?

The news that Bill Oesterle is stepping down at Angie’s List has tongues wagging in political circles and the talk is all about a possible primary challenge to Mike Pence in 2016. Oesterle is a Mitchie, a confidant of Mitch Daniels and the manager of his first campaign for governor.  The Mitchies have their hair on fire over the RFRA debacle and what it has done to the Indiana economy and reputation.  And the Daniels…

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March 27, 2015 1:59 PM 2 Comments

RFRA perception is reality

Mike Pence believes the Religious Freedom Reformation Act is the right thing to do and that the controversial bill is misunderstood. But, in fact, what he fails to understand is that in politics perception is reality.  And the reality in this case is that too many people believe that it was borne out of a desire by some to discriminate. Note that I did not say that it calls for discrimination. We keep hearing that…

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March 13, 2015 10:56 AM 1 Comment

Why the Justin Moed story is newsworthy

There’s been a lot of discussion this week on social media and elsewhere about the coverage of Rep. Justin Moed’s sexting scandal. One point of view is that Moed is single and was taking part in private behavior that is, therefore, no one else’s business. Meantime, news outlets that include the Washington Post, the Washington Times and two New York newspapers carried the story. Because it’s news. Rep. Moed’s communication with Sydney Leathers is by…

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February 13, 2015 6:41 PM 23 Comments

Indiana Voters: Pence, Yes. Obama, No.

Mike Pence has a 62 percent approval rating. Barack Obama has an approval rating of just 41 percent in Indiana. The president gets a favorable rating in just two areas, Marion County and the Chicago media market. Those are some of the findings in a poll of 600 voters recently conducted for the Indiana Association of Realtors by Virginia based Public Opinion Strategies. The poll finds that 60 percent of Indiana voters believe the state…

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January 27, 2015 4:38 PM 5 Comments

What Pence said. Or did he?

Governor Mike Pence has just announced federal approval for HIP 2.0, the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.  It is a Medicaid expansion by another name made possible by Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Yet the governor was careful to spell out his opposition to Obamacare at the announcement, lest anyone assume that he’s an ally of the Democratic President, or anything but a conservative. “You’ll never convince me that ordering every American…

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