Mary Beth Schneider

Mary Beth
Schneider

Schneider is a former Indianapolis Star politics reporter.

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Schneider is a former Indianapolis Star politics reporter.

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June 13, 2016 2:30 PM

When Party Trumps Country

Gov. Mike Pence has long smilingly assured voters he is “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican — in that order.” Not until he decided to endorse Donald Trump for president, however, did I notice something important missing from that list: American. I am by no means questioning his patriotism or his country of birth; I leave that to Trump who has never stopped questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace. But I do question whether Pence…

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April 28, 2016 3:34 PM 13 Comments

The End is Near

A few months ago I wrote that Indiana could have a rare chance to have a meaningful Republican presidential primary. Turns out, it is not only meaningful but — I believe — decisive. Come Tuesday, Donald Trump will win Indiana’s primary election. And, with it, he will be on a virtually unstoppable path to the Republican nomination. The stampede really started with last Tuesday’s five New England primaries which he won so decisively. The campaign…

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March 10, 2016 4:40 PM 17 Comments

Abortion, conscience and the legislature

When I first began covering politics for The Indianapolis Star in 1991, there was an emotional battle underway to keep abortion out of a party platform: The Republican Party platform. It was led mostly by strong-willed Republican women, many of whom called themselves pro-life but who saw a government dictate as conflicting with their belief in a small government that respects individual liberty. Times have certainly changed. An anti-abortion stance has become synonymous with the…

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February 9, 2016 3:33 PM 8 Comments

Holcomb: A Political Pick that Defies Political Dogma

When Gov. Mike Pence tapped Eric Holcomb to be his new lieutenant governor and re-election running mate Tuesday, he scoffed at any suggestion that this was political. Sure. Because when people say it isn’t about the money, it’s about the money. And when politicians say it isn’t about the politics, it’s about the politics. Which isn’t to say that Holcomb is a bad pick to succeed Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who is either leaving to…

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January 13, 2016 4:59 PM 6 Comments

What Mike Pence Meant to Say

Gov. Mike Pence wanted to tell Hoosiers Tuesday night in his State of the State address that he just wasn’t going to sign anything that gives lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals civil rights protections. He meant to say that he was siding with a certain brand of religion over civil rights — as if the two are incompatible; as if religion hasn’t been a leader in so many ways for civil rights. But he just…

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January 5, 2016 5:44 PM 9 Comments

Hey Legislators: Listen Up!

As Indiana’s 150 senators and representatives take their seats today for this legislative session, I have three pieces of advice — words I’ve been longing to tell these folks over my 25 years of watching them: Listen. Listen. And, most importantly, listen. First, listen to your constituents. And, no, I’m not talking about just those who voted for you. This is even more important given that Indiana state government is run almost exclusively by one…

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November 16, 2015 4:05 PM 16 Comments

Fear Trumps Mercy in Indiana, For Shame

After 9/11 I saw America, and most of the world, coming together. After these horrendous terrorist attacks in Paris, I see America, and much of the world, tearing apart. Though most of the terrorists identified so far in Paris were French or Belgian citizens, police found a Syrian passport near one of the suicide bombers. The passport, the New York Times reported, has not been verified as authentic but apparently was used by a migrant…

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November 5, 2015 5:52 PM 1 Comment

Joe Hogsett: A race to be mayor that started in 1990

Joe Hogsett had a memorable night Tuesday as he easily won election as mayor. But for me it is not his most memorable election night. That came in 1990, when he surprised almost everybody to beat Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut for secretary of state. I was not the political reporter for The Indianapolis Star yet, and was assigned that race as kind of a throwaway. Get the vote totals, get a couple quotes and go…

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October 14, 2015 2:57 PM 4 Comments

Governor Pence: You Don’t Need a Weatherman

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, Bob Dylan tells us. And you don’t need a poll to know how Gov. Mike Pence is faring a year before he’s up for re-election. Polls are out there, of course, that reportedly show him under water. But a more telling sign that he is in trouble comes from his actions. This week, he announced he is giving $3.5 million to a pregnancy…

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September 22, 2015 3:08 PM 3 Comments

A Governor’s Primary? Yes, Please!

I expected Tom Sugar to run for governor. Everybody expected Tom Sugar to run for governor. Including Sugar. The Democrat, once a top aide to former Sen. Evan Bayh, announced this week that he would not enter his party’s primary and challenge John Gregg for the gubernatorial nomination. But he made it clear in a Facebook post that that wasn’t the announcement he had planned. He even unveiled what would have been his campaign logo:…

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