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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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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October 30, 2016 7:40 PM

Why School Board Elections Are So Important

With all the hoopla surrounding the presidential election, along with the Indiana Senate and Gubernatorial races, it is important to your local community when you have a school board election.  The school corporation in my home town of Fishers, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools, will be electing three board members in this election. But there are a number of school board seats up for grabs in the Central Indiana area.  Board elections are set for the Indianapolis…

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October 19, 2016 11:12 AM

Hamilton County GOP & the General Election

When I watched the October 18th League of Women Voters Hamilton County candidate forum in Noblesville, my thoughts went back to a conversation I had a while back with a young Republican.  He was concerned about his local party. Why would he be concerned?  Republicans hold nearly every elective office in the entire county.  The Hamilton County GOP has been very successful. That’s what concerned the young Republican.  Hamilton County Republicans have grown too arrogant,…

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October 10, 2016 3:52 PM

Debate II – Playing to the Base

I seriously wonder where Donald Trump is getting his political strategy, if he does have one.  He pounded away at rhetoric registering with his base supporters.  Hilary Clinton did the same. But Hilary is leading in polls measuring both national support and her electoral strength in individual battleground states.  Keeping the support she has is a win for the Clinton campaign. The October 9th presidential debate shed little new light but mostly featured combative language…

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October 3, 2016 2:40 PM

Trump & His Net Operating Loss

When many read the October 2nd story in the New York Times revealing that Donald Trump had a $915 million loss on his 1995 income tax return and saw the phrase “net operating loss,” I’m sure questions popped-up about what that term means.  Let me attempt to do just that. I never thought I would be writing a commentary on an American presidential election campaign and need to explain the concept of net operating loss.…

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September 27, 2016 5:02 PM

Debate Winner Is In The Ideological Eye Of The Beholder

Presidential debates are often just ways of reinforcing one’s ideological views.  If you go into the debate a solid supporter of Trump, you will likely come out of the event feeling the same way.  Supporters of Hillary Clinton certainly feel the same way about her before and after the debate. These debates only impact that small number of potential voters genuinely on the fence.  This is just the first debate.  Once all three debates are…

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September 22, 2016 9:09 PM

Journalism – How About Just Showing Up?

Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80% of life.”  In journalism, that 80% isn’t as important as it once was.  With revenue declining and money short, editors and publishers are sending fewer and fewer reporters to cover the most basic government meetings. So who cares if no reporter shows up to cover the Fishers Plan Commission Meeting?  I care.  Here’s why. My experience is that governmental bodies act much differently if there are reporters…

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September 19, 2016 10:53 AM

Fishers Set To Lose Long-Time Police Chief

Imagine for a moment a city in Indiana with roughly 90,000 residents where the police chief had been with local law enforcement 36 years and had hired every single officer on the force.  Fishers is about to lose such a man to retirement. George Kehl has formed a relationship between the citizens of Fishers and the city’s police department that continues to this day.  In a podcast interview with me recorded last June, Chief Kehl…

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