Larry Lannan

Larry
Lannan

Lannan is a news blogger in Fishers.

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Lannan is a news blogger in Fishers.

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February 26, 2017 3:31 PM

Media Needs To Wise Up

The recent flare-up between the White House Press Office and reporters covering the president is more than just a conflict between the media and the Trump Administration.  It is an opportunity for the media to start covering the Trump White House in a smarter way.  However, I am not optimistic. Why did Press Secretary Sean Spicer exclude certain news organizations, seen by the White House as unfriendly to the president, from a “gaggle?” (a gaggle…

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February 18, 2017 12:02 PM

Leadership In The Governor’s Office

One of the key qualities I seek in any elected official is leadership.  After seeing our new Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb speak before a crowd in Fishers on February 10th, I walked away feeling I had just listened to the words of a true leader. Governor Holcomb fielded questions in a packed house at Conner Prairie from WTHR Statehouse Reporter Kevin Rader and from the audience of the combined Chambers of Commerce in Hamilton County.…

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February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

The Clouds Forming Over American Jobs

Donald Trump visited Indianapolis as president elect to announce some, but not all, of the jobs at the local Carrier plant would be preserved and not shipped to Mexico. If President Trump is concerned about American jobs in the longer term, he will heed the advice of an economist and form a blue-ribbon commission aimed at studying how America should react to a coming technological revolution. Ed Hess, professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden…

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February 2, 2017 9:56 PM

Foreign Policy & Pure Aggression

I am honestly trying my best to understand the Donald Trump foreign policy. So far, I see only naked verbal aggression, even with America’s best friends. His Twitter exchange with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is picking a fight with our southern neighbor.  The fracas is verbal for now.  Even though America is the behemoth to the north, Mexico can make life miserable for America.  Let’s hope the relationship never gets to that extreme.…

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January 16, 2017 5:01 PM

A Few Thoughts About Donald Trump

Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office as President of the United States January 20th.  Here are just a few of my thoughts as that time draws near. Donald Trump’s favorability rating, based on polling by Gallup, is at 40%.  Of the last 4 incoming presidents Trump is the only one with a higher unfavorable score then favorable, according to CNN.  That means Trump walks into the White House without the support…

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January 1, 2017 2:35 PM

Can Life Be Found In The News Desert?

America is enduring more “deserts” than ever before, and it has nothing to do with the climate.  This is about shortages. Several Indianapolis neighborhoods have been described as “food deserts” because grocery stores providing fresh food are nowhere to be found in the area.  City officials have reacted, working to provide incentives for private investment of grocery operations in those neighborhoods. America is undergoing new desert areas.  These are called “news deserts.”  The relatively-recent phenomena…

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December 23, 2016 4:13 PM

Fishers, Food & Displacement

It’s amazing how one simple word on a Web site news story headline can result in so many Fishers elected officials becoming upset.  Allow me to explain. Fox 59 and WTTV are two television stations with separate on-the-air news anchors, but they both share the same owner and the same news-gathering operation.  Both posted a news story on their respective news Web sites about a development coming to Fishers called “The Yard.” This development has…

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December 4, 2016 9:46 PM

Credibility Gap Redux?

Credibility is a tough thing to establish, and even harder to maintain, as Donald Trump will learn once he moves into the White House.  A president without credibility will find it much more difficult to bring the nation with him on any major issue. If you don’t believe me, just look at two late 20th century presidents – Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  Johnson was dogged by a credibility gap on information released about the…

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November 20, 2016 7:57 PM

Trump, Pence & Hamilton

Being president entails a number of talents.  One important part of being the nation’s chief executive is growing a thick skin to criticism.  Our most recent presidents, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, both have been on the receiving end of withering attacks. I thought about that as I reviewed the Twitter messages sent by President Elect Donald Trump on Sunday, November 11th.  The first set of messages related to the cast of the Broadway…

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November 14, 2016 9:14 PM

What Happened?

Before the presidential election this year, many of my friends and relatives asked me who I think would win.  I was quick with my response.  I had no idea.  I suggested they all follow people who spend all their time looking at all the data. I recommended three sources in particular:  Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato, Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia.  All…

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