Mary Dieter

Mary
Dieter

Dieter is a former Statehouse reporter.

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Dieter is a former Statehouse reporter.

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July 28, 2017 7:54 AM

Holy hell

Sen. Lindsey Graham promised there would be “holy hell to pay” if Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That was unusually strong language for Washington (though it paled in comparison to the blue comments by the incoming White House communications director), uttered in defense of Graham’s former Senate colleague, a racist liar who conveniently forgot about his meetings with Russians. Yet Graham saw fit to vote, once again, to repeal the Affordable Care Act.…

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July 25, 2017 3:42 PM

The Hoosier Connection game isn’t fun anymore

A longstanding observation in our household is that, when there’s news, some Hoosier must be connected to it. Not just when Purdue grads go up in space either. It’s sort of a game to note, for example, that the killer whale’s victim at SeaWorld grew up in Cedar Lake; a woman who carried an embryonic twin in her brain was an Indiana University doctoral student; and George Donner, who led an expedition west that ended…

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June 30, 2017 11:23 AM

Trump: Twitter or tennis?

Some thoughts about Donald Trump’s ridiculous attack on newscaster Mika Brzezinski: One, the insults were fairly par for Trump’s pricy course, nothing we haven’t heard him say before. And though his remarks were vicious in that way he reserves for women, the umbrage taken by Brzezinki’s media colleagues misses the point. Trump’s barrage of criticism of the news media and the judiciary, as well as his gleeful lying and flagrant rejection of scientific fact, undermine…

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June 14, 2017 3:38 PM

Domestic terrorism in D.C.

It’s hard to imagine that more than a few people who share the warped sensibilities of the gunman are not horrified by the shootings this morning in Alexandria, Va. No elected official – indeed, no one – deserves to be targeted for his or her actions or beliefs. Period. That said, a few thoughts come to mind: One, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was taken to a Washington D.C. hospital, where he undoubtedly and appropriately…

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October 20, 2016 12:21 PM

Irresponsible blurt sows doubt

What on earth was Secretary of State Connie Lawson thinking when she blurted out that there were thousands of cases of potential voter fraud in Indiana? After being criticized by a member of her own party – Hamilton County elections administrator Kathy Richardson – for the unsubstantiated hyperbole, Lawson backtracked, saying it was possible that many voters, wary that they may be disenfranchised if their registration contained any errors, filed paperwork to correct them. That’s…

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October 5, 2016 12:36 PM

Pence the chameleon and the veep debate

After last night’s debate between vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, Frank Bruni of the New York Times wrote that one of Pence’s assignments for the debate was “to make (Donald) Trump palatable to wavering Americans by communicating that Trump was positively yummy to him. He aced that, too, meaning that he’s either a phenomenally talented actor or a master of self-deception.” No, Mr. Bruni, our governor is neither. He is an ambition-driven…

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July 15, 2016 12:19 PM

We have our answer

A few weeks ago, I asked what Indiana Gov. Mike Pence meant when he said he was “fully supportive” of Donald Trump. Could it possibly be that Pence, a devout Christian, could share Trump’s ugly and divisive views on minorities, women, veterans and the disabled? His disdain for the Constitution? (http://www.ibj.com/articles/58951-what-does-pencersquos-full-support-for-trump-really-mean) Now we have our answer. Heaven help us.

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March 24, 2016 11:33 AM 3 Comments

McConnell and his last ditch effort

Mitch McConnell’s reason for refusing a confirmation vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee – that he wants to “give the people a voice in filling this vacancy” — sounds like a ridiculous excuse, given that the president won two terms and thus the people have made their voice heard. But McConnell is absolutely sincere – at least as sincere as a puppet of the Koch brothers and the NRA can be – when he…

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February 15, 2016 7:11 PM

Sexual aggression fills the news

When I opened the Web page for the local daily newspaper today, the banner story covered allegations, recently renewed, that quarterback Peyton Manning exposed himself while a student at the University of Tennessee and placed his genitals on the face of a female athletic trainer as she knelt on the floor to check his foot. Next to the photo of a college-age Manning was a list of other news stories. The first was about a…

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January 28, 2016 10:55 AM

Uninspiring? I’d have a beer with her

So Dana Milbank of the Washington Post probably thinks he did a big favor for Hillary Clinton by writing this week that Democrats would be insane to nominate Bernie Sanders. Well, duh. Sanders is a self-styled socialist and the notion that this highly polarized country would elect someone who has chosen such a moniker, to say nothing of his pledge to raise taxes significantly, is ludicrous. Sanders appeals to a demographic with a poor voting…

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