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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August 5, 2016 4:29 PM

Trump & Small Donors

The Donald Trump campaign is seeing a mass of small donors contributing to the New York businessman’s presidential effort, and that development should get the attention of all political pundits.  Mr. Trump has struck a nerve with millions of Americans. The New York Times reported on August 3rd that cash poured into the Trump campaign during the month of July.  Here’s a part of the Times story: “Mr. Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $64…

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July 22, 2016 4:50 PM

Trump, Christie and the Civil Service

As a retired federal employee, I know from my 20 years of civil service experience that people working with me and for me were all dedicated, hard-working people.  However, there are many myths people have about government workers.  Sadly, some of our politicians have spread these myths. The Reuters news wire published a story July 20th describing a closed-door meeting of Republican donors. In that session, Governor Chris Christie described plans to make it easier to fire…

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July 17, 2016 4:22 PM

What I Know About Mike Pence

A CBS News Poll released July 14th shows 86% of voters know nothing about Mike Pence.  Only 8% of Republicans polled are familiar with him. I do not know Governor Mike Pence very well.  I will tell you about the one time I had a chance to observe him, and will describe what others in Indiana say about him. My only encounter with Mike Pence was on May 22nd, 2015.  He was visiting a Fishers…

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July 6, 2016 4:29 PM

Sheridan

What would you think if the image of your small town was illustrated around the world by a racist golf cart parade float?  That is what has just happened to Sheridan, Indiana, a town with a population estimated to be around 3,000. While much of southern Hamilton County is suburban to Indianapolis, northern Hamilton County is largely rural.  Sheridan lies in the northern part of the county, about 5 miles north of Westfield. A June,…

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July 1, 2016 4:27 PM

Trade – A Trump Card Issue?

One issue that most Republicans and many Democrats embrace is the general concept of free trade.  The GOP now has a presumptive presidential candidate eschewing the normal Republican mantra on trade policy.  What does that mean? One of the most thoughtful commentators in mainstream media is David Brooks.  In a recent column, Brooks points out recent polling data that reveals how voters think about trade policy. A recent study by Brookings gives us an eye-opening reality…

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June 24, 2016 12:47 PM

House Dems Take a Strategic Cue from Past GOP Tactics

When House Democrats staged a sit-in, demanding votes on gun measures, many compared it to an old-fashioned civil rights era confrontation.  No doubt, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia knows a lot about sit-ins from his days in the civil rights movement, so there is some truth to that.  But House Democrats have decided to become much more confrontational, and that is taking a page from the Newt Gingrich playbook. When Gingrich began his charge to…

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June 17, 2016 10:28 AM

ISTEP Is History, But What’s Next?

When covering education on the local level, it is rare to find one issue where nearly everyone agrees, but I found such an issue in the decision to scrap ISTEP.  There may have been teachers or school administrators in favor of the statewide testing regime, but I never found one. The Indiana General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year to abolish ISTEP, the governor signed the bill, and everyone cheered.  The state is, however, left…

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June 12, 2016 12:29 PM

Trump, Gawker & Freedom of the Press

Imagine an America where wealthy individuals could threaten the media with expensive lawsuits when tough reporting is done.  As the law stands now, a 1964 United States Supreme Court decision (New York Times vs Sullivan) creates a steep legal hill to climb for anyone defined as a “public figure” to win legal action against a news operation. I was reminded just how fragile journalistic freedom is in our nation when reading a recent New Yorker…

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June 2, 2016 2:22 PM

Why the 2016 Republican National Convention Is So Important

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 18th and wrap-up by Thursday, July 21st.  National political conventions have been fairly dull in recent years.  The GOP confab this time around should be more interesting.  In my opinion, this is why. First, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA finals, with a chance to win that city’s first major sports title since the old Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship game in…

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May 20, 2016 2:29 PM

Impeach the IRS Commissioner?

Impeachment of a Senate-confirmed executive branch official is possible, but has not happened since the presidential administration of Ulysses S. Grant.  His War Secretary, William Belknap, was removed from office through the impeachment process in 1876 on allegations of official corruption. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced recently that he will introduce a resolution censuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  A House hearing is scheduled soon on impeaching the tax administrator. I…

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