Shariq Siddiqui

Shariq
Siddiqui

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August 7, 2015 2:18 PM 1 Comment

Primaries and Pitchforks!

Last night was the last episode of John Stewart on the Daily Show and the Republican Party Presidential Primary.  I didn’t watch either! I DVR’d the first and tried to stay away from the second.  Both represent some level of depression.  One is depressing because it is the end of an era.  The second is depressing because it is the start of another presidential campaign season! As a political junky – I used to love…

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August 6, 2015 3:12 PM 3 Comments

Leave public safety to police and move over!

Indiana has a new law that requires drivers too move to the slower lane when a faster car is approaching them from behind.  I think this is an important step forward in providing law enforcement further discretion while clarifying the role of civilians in enforcing the law. The law has resulted in controversy despite bipartisan support of 97 votes in favor and 0 votes opposed.  Critics argue that if cars are driving the speed limit…

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August 6, 2015 3:07 PM 1 Comment

USA Cricket Revival has an Indianapolis angle!

For far too long Marion County Democrats have used the World Sports Park against Mayor Ballard.  This may be politically smart but is short-sighted.  It suggests a lack of vision and understanding about how Indianapolis became the city it is. This week there was more positive news for Mayor Ballards World Sports Park cricket strategy. A Hoosier was named by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to an advisory panel to re-launch cricket in the US. ESPN-Cricinfo reports: Jim Isch,…

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August 6, 2015 12:18 PM 25 Comments

Planned Parenthood Places Supporters in a Bind

Opponents of Planned Parenthood are at it again!  Sneaking video footage to the media that apparently shows Planned Parenthood executives discussing and negotiating sale of fetal tissues. These video’s have created outrage and many conservatives have pushed Congress towards a Planned Parenthood defunding bill. Is that this is all for show or a cynical ploy! After all, we all know that the video footage has been edited to create outrage! Congress knows that the defunding…

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February 10, 2015 8:48 AM 7 Comments

Legislatures Cant Legislate Love

The Senate Family and Children Committee voted to strip Senate Bill 564 of its original language to extend the number of days a couple must wait before a divorce can be granted.  This bill has been sent to a study committee to look into this issue further and find ways to discourage divorce.  While those who seek to discourage divorce are well meaning they simply do not understand how such measures can further domestic violence…

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February 7, 2015 5:29 PM

Scaring away attention from record

There are two ways that one usually wins an election – by scaring voters or by inspiring them. Governor Bobby Jindal has decided to scare rather than inspire by attacking Islam.  He in essence is multi-tasking with this line of campaigning. His first advantage is that he is clearly letting people know that he is not now and never has been a Muslim.  There are enough examples of where people who “look Muslim” (basically foreign)…

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February 6, 2015 6:55 PM

NBC needs a reliable anchor

NBC anchor Brian Williams is under attack for allegations that he mislead the public by claiming that he was in a helicopter that was shot down by an RPG while in Iraq.  NBC should either fire Williams or ask him to resign.  The news anchor desk is too important for someone whose integrity is now clearly under question. Williams has no one but himself to blame for the predicament.  The real story was just as…

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February 1, 2015 7:18 AM

Pragmatism + Governing = Hoosiers win

Governor Pence took a huge political risk for Hoosiers – he helped the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana by partnering with Obamacare. HIP 2.0 is an important move forward for Indiana and our nation.  It allows Indiana to experiment with Obamacare and hopefully come up with a better way of expanding Medicaid. Nearly 400,000 uninsured Hoosiers will be better off because of this important compromise between Governor Pence and President Obama.  More importantly, Pence may…

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January 30, 2015 1:00 PM

Dishonoring voters

I came to Indiana in 1993 to go to college.  I found it strange that Indiana chose to elect its Superintendent of Public Instruction.  I was told that Hoosiers want their schools to be independent and to be accountable to them as voters.  I for years have been in favor of the position being appointed by the Governor.  However, both sides have opted not to usurp this role – until now. I still believe that…

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January 28, 2015 11:11 AM

Integrity in public service: Is our legislature living up to the public trust?

In 2005, I had the privilege of being selected as one of two fellows at the McKinney School of Law Program on Law and State Government.  Fellows select a topic of interest, do research, write a paper and host a Symposium. We selected ethics as the focus of our research for that year. Our Symposium was held on September 29, 2005 entitled Integrity in Public Service: Living up to the public trust?  The papers presented at this…

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