Sheila Kennedy

Sheila
Kennedy

Kennedy is a political commentator.

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April 19, 2017 1:41 PM

The “Best People”

A recent article in the New York Times reflected upon Trump’s relationship with Steve Bannon (which appears to be unraveling). The article was one of many focusing on disarray in the White House and tensions between Bannon and the various others who have the President’s ear. But this paragraph caught my eye: In a way, to believe in Mr. Bannon’s genius is to adopt the president’s belief in a sort of vulgar technocracy — the…

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February 2, 2017 6:53 PM

Sleeping Through the Coup

Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant since the death of Antonin Scalia. When I went to my computer Wednesday morning, I found the predictable emails claiming that Judge Gorsuch is an unacceptable, far-right threat to the Republic and must be stopped (and oh, send money). I agree that this nomination should be rejected (although I doubt it will be), but not because the Judge himself…

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February 25, 2016 7:50 AM 2 Comments

Bagging Home Rule

The IBJ reports on a measure approved by the Indiana Senate that would prevent local government units from taxing or restricting the use of disposable plastic bags by retailers, including grocery stores. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said businesses, industry groups and many consumers oppose regulation of bag use. Many consumers are also citizens who believe the cities they live in should have the right to determine their own policies–on plastic bags, on public transportation, and…

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February 6, 2016 8:04 AM

Our Third-World Country

It has come to this: the Mexican government has issued a statement to its citizens planning to travel in the United States, warning them to avoid drinking American tap water. I think it was Eric Hoffer who said the measure of a civilization is not what it builds, but what it maintains. We look back at the Romans with considerable awe, not just because they built roads and aqueducts, but because they kept those elements…

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January 30, 2016 8:19 AM 1 Comment

Frightened of Four Words and a Comma

Last week at the Indiana statehouse, lawmakers considered three bills taking different approaches to GLBT civil rights. None of those bills as originally written actually extended civil rights protections to the gay community—at their best (which wasn’t particularly good), they were efforts to look like the state is protecting the rights of LGBT Hoosiers without actually doing so— efforts to avoid the wrath of both a business community that supports real civil rights protections, and…

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January 24, 2016 9:36 PM

Things That Make Me Pound My Head Against the Wall

As if the ongoing disaster that is the Republican presidential clown car wasn’t doing enough damage to the image and prospects of the once-Grand Old Party (not to mention the country), I recently came across two articles about Congress that made me ask not “what were they thinking?” but “was anyone thinking?” Last week, Congressional Republicans passed a measure that would have blocked EPA enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The President vetoed it, but…

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January 17, 2016 11:07 AM 1 Comment

Why the Legislature Needs to Rip Off that Band-Aid

When I was a child, and scraped a knee or otherwise required a Band-Aid, I would dread removing it. Eventually, I learned that it hurt more to try peeling it off bit by bit than it did if I just gave it a good yank. Fast forward to the Indiana General Assembly, and the back-and-forth about “four words and a comma.” Leave aside all the rhetoric. Ignore who’s “right” and who’s “wrong,” and just look…

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January 15, 2016 7:21 AM 1 Comment

About That State of the State….

Critics of Governor Pence’s recent State of the State address–of whom I am one— have focused particularly on the Governor’s unwillingness to endorse civil rights protections for LGBT Hoosiers, and his declaration that he “would not sign” a bill he considered insufficiently protective of religious liberty. Like most critics of that pronouncement, I assumed that the lack of specifics–the Governor certainly didn’t say what provisions he would or would not accept–was tantamount to a veto…

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January 12, 2016 5:05 PM

Potties and Prejudices

Oh, Indiana! You have so many virtues….and so many legislators with questionable reasoning abilities. The legislative session that just began promises to be a bonanza for those who enjoy black comedy and unintentional irony. For those of us yearning for adult government, not so much. A major focus of the upcoming session will be the effort to add four words and a comma to Indiana’s existing civil rights law. In the aftermath of last year’s RFRA…

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December 21, 2015 9:52 AM

Bosma: The Grownup in the Room

Well, the usual suspects are all ganging up on Brian Bosma, the Speaker of the Indiana House, who has had the temerity to suggest that, if we want roads we can drive on, we probably need to pay for them. As the Indianapolis Star reported Hoosiers could pay more for gas and cigarettes under a road funding proposal being crafted by Indiana House Republican leaders. The proposal also would provide for a study about turning…

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