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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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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November 21, 2016 2:18 PM

Epic Upset

Like him or hate him, you have to give Donald Trump credit for pulling off an incredible upset. In an era when money is crucial to winning, Trump is the first Presidential candidate in 40 years to win while spending less than his opponent.  Clinton spent almost three times as much as Trump and Obama spent more than four times as much in 2012. How did Trump win? If you draw a line from Idaho…

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September 9, 2016 3:10 PM

So Soon We Forget – 15 Years After 9/11

Please consider the following: The 9/11 Commission found “there is strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers.” Iran’s support for al Qaeda began in the 1990’s when they agreed to provide explosives, security and intelligence training to bin Laden. After 9/11 when the Taliban collapsed, the al Qaeda fighters sought refuge in Iran where they…

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July 11, 2016 4:12 PM

Indiana registers an 8.9 on the political Richter scale

We started last week with the consensus being that in November Trump would carry Indiana, Todd Young would win the U.S. Senate race and Pence and Gregg would battle for Governor. Pretty boring stuff with mainly negative TV ads for Governor in our future. We might not have a San Andreas Fault in Indiana but we are suddenly experiencing a political earthquake! Granted not everything has happened yet but what a potential shake up in…

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May 24, 2016 5:12 PM

Democrats Hate to Miss Out on a Good Political Fight

After Donald Trump won the Indiana primary and his opponents dropped out of the race, the political elite began pontificating on the great division in the Republican Party. The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and all the major networks led with stories about this huge chasm and how detrimental it could be for the Republicans in November. The Democrats must have felt ignored. While Hillary Clinton attempted to turn her attention to Trump and…

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