Paul Mannweiler

Paul
Mannweiler

Mannweiler is a former Indiana House speaker.

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Mannweiler is a former Indiana House speaker.

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June 14, 2017 12:42 PM

These Are Not Your Grandfather’s Democratic Nor Republican Parties

As a life-long Republican I have to admit to major disappointment and embarrassment over the recent developments and lack of meaningful accomplishments generated in Washington, DC since the election. It makes me appreciate even more the leadership demonstrated by Governor Holcomb, Speaker Bosma and President Long in Indiana. Last week when one of my Democratic friends had me on the ropes trying to defend the inaction in DC, I came across an article asking whether…

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May 10, 2017 1:13 PM

Indiana Property Taxes – Best of Times or Worst of Times?

Indiana Property Taxes Best of Times or Worst of Times?   As all Hoosiers pay their property taxes this week, either with a check to their county treasurer, their monthly mortgage payments or their monthly rent check, it is a good time to examine how Indiana compares to other states. The U.S. Census Bureau figures that the average household spends $2,149.00/year on property taxes for their homes and another $402.00 for vehicle property taxes.  …

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April 25, 2017 2:59 PM

Monumental Legislative Session?

Monumental Legislative Session? The Indiana General Assembly adjourned early Saturday morning more than one week ahead of the statutory deadline and today the Dow Jones is up by nearly 400 points. While the legislature might like to claim credit they can be proud of numerous major achievements. This session began with a focus on improving Indiana’s roads and bridges and they did enact a sustainable long-term funding bill to improve our infrastructure. Indiana can’t be…

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April 10, 2017 4:25 PM

The U.S. Senate has given both Republican and Democrat something to rue!

The U.S. Senate has given both Republican and Democrat something to rue!   Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court today. What should be a meaningful moment for American democracy has been tarnished by the childish partisan bickering of our U.S. Senators over the last four years.   The Republicans argue that they were forced to ignite the “Nuclear Option” because for the first time in our history…

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March 10, 2017 4:52 PM

How Does Indiana Rate?

Various rankings of states and cities are constantly being released with the leaders bragging about their success and the losers complaining about the methodology. U.S. News and World Report has issued its first ever Ranking of the Best States and it reveals many of Indiana’s strengths and weaknesses. This ranking utilized seven categories with 68 different metrics and relied on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. The…

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January 17, 2017 5:19 PM

Obama’s Presidency and the Democratic Party

Obama’s Presidency and the Democratic Party   With President Obama in the final days of his Presidency, he gave his final speech in Chicago, he took his last flight on Air Force One and he honored his last sports team, the Chicago Cubs. It will take decades for the scholars and historians to truly assess his mark on history and for the American public to ascertain his rating among our 58 Presidents.   However, one…

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December 29, 2016 2:00 PM

Loss of a Legislative Lion

Indianapolis and Indiana has lost another major leader behind the progress and advancement of our community. Senator Lawrence Borst was the longest serving Chairman of the Indiana Senate Finance Committee, serving in that crucial position during four different decades. Consequently, Borst played a leading role in a vast majority of the major developments we all take for granted today. In his first year as Chairman he helped create the White River State Park which currently…

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December 22, 2016 12:19 PM

Bill Hudnut Equals Indianapolis

When I graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1967 Indianapolis was not a very exciting place to live outside of the month of May. I even remember friends at Indiana University stating that Madison, Indiana, had more history and culture than the Capital City.  It was hard to argue with them.  There was a general attitude in Indianapolis that we were just too small to compete with larger cities. Mayor Richard Lugar got the…

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December 16, 2016 6:45 PM

STOP WHINNING – TRUMP WON THE ELECTION

STOP WHINNING – TRUMP WON THE ELECTION   Hollywood’s one tenth of one percenters (mega wealthy super stars) are pleading with the Republican electors of the Electoral College to not vote for Donald Trump on Monday. They are paying for public media announcement throughout the country.  Let me make a prediction.  The vote will be 306 to 232 with Trump winning.   Our presidential election process was created in 1787 with the adoption of the…

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December 1, 2016 4:44 PM

Trump’s Effect on Indiana Election

Indiana Democrats were ecstatic during the summer and fall but all the enthusiasm disappeared on November 8th!  The Democrats had their strongest ticket in decades.   John Gregg had barely missed being Governor in 2012 and he was more organized and much better financed in 2016. When Baron Hill departed in July and Evan Bayh replaced him with his $10 million war chest, the U.S. Senate race flipped from 75% chance for a Todd Young…

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