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February 16, 2017 4:04 PM

Sad Day for Democracy

You may not have heard about it in the news, but democracy lost a round at the Statehouse yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of Hoosiers packed the fourth floor of our capitol to attend the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment committee hearing, where a bill to end partisan gerrymandering was under consideration. I was one of them, and I found myself surrounded by optimistic citizen activists. For many of them, this was the first hearing they had…

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February 9, 2017 4:06 PM

Evolution of a Trump Conservative

January of last year I wrote a column to decry the oft-used liberal pejorative of “racist” towards anyone that disagrees with them. In that column, I also stated that I was not, and never would be a Trump supporter, but calling him a racist was unfair because it was untrue. Later that year, on November 8th, 2016 I proudly cast a vote for the Republican ticket of Donald Trump for President and Mike Pence for…

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February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

The Clouds Forming Over American Jobs

Donald Trump visited Indianapolis as president elect to announce some, but not all, of the jobs at the local Carrier plant would be preserved and not shipped to Mexico. If President Trump is concerned about American jobs in the longer term, he will heed the advice of an economist and form a blue-ribbon commission aimed at studying how America should react to a coming technological revolution. Ed Hess, professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden…

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January 8, 2017 11:30 AM

How Orange alters colors

“Better Red than dead,” the lefties were wont to say back in the Ban-the-Bomb days, when Donald Trump’s handlers were nannies. “Better Russkie than Democrat” is the contemporary version for fans of an unabashed pal of the Kremlin leadership who’s defied his nation’s own spy agencies in blowing off overwhelming evidence that our election process was violated to grease the defeat of a candidate the Russians don’t like. Trump has pretty much exhausted our capacity…

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November 30, 2016 6:03 PM

Scoring points while losing arguments … and elections

Give the man his due. President-elect Donald Trump did what he said he was going to do – save jobs. The news Tuesday that Trump had brokered a deal with Carrier Corp. to keep the company from moving 1,000 Hoosier jobs to Mexico is a good thing. It means, at the very least, that for a lot of Hoosier families the holidays just became a lot brighter. Because Trump is such a divisive figure, even…

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November 14, 2016 9:14 PM

What Happened?

Before the presidential election this year, many of my friends and relatives asked me who I think would win.  I was quick with my response.  I had no idea.  I suggested they all follow people who spend all their time looking at all the data. I recommended three sources in particular:  Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato, Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia.  All…

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November 7, 2016 6:43 PM

‘Twas the Night Before Election

‘Twas the night before Election, and all through the land, Everyone was stirring, the rallies were out of hand! The yard signs were planted in the ground with care, In hopes that their candidate would win the big chair! “Our guys behind, we must work harder!”, they all said, While visions of winning danced in their heads. With mamma with her walk-book and I with my walk app Had just hunkered down for neighborhood walking…

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November 1, 2016 4:33 PM

It is Still Clinton’s Race to Lose

Four days since the FBI revelation Clinton is still harmed by its fallout—but the bleeding seems to have stopped PredicitIt.com is calling the Electoral College at Clinton 293 Trump 245. This is the closest the race has been. Trump is now ahead in Ohio 61 (56), Arizona 71 (62), Iowa 70 (68), Maine-2-61 (59), Nebraska-2 64 (75), Utah 73 (70) and now Florida 58. Note the number associated with the state are the betting odds…

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October 30, 2016 4:02 PM

Comey Revelation Helps Trump

If you are a Democratic  partisan the good news is despite Mr. Comey’s statement that Ms. Clinton may be subject to further FBI investigation, PredicitIt.com is still calling the Electoral College at Clinton 322 Trump 216. However the bad news is that in almost every state and district the  odds are moving in Trump’s favor. For example, Trump was on Oct 27th and is now ahead in Ohio 61 (56), Arizona 62(52), Iowa 68 (60), Maine-2-59 (51),…

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October 27, 2016 1:26 PM

Electoral Odds: Slight tilts toward Trump

The Electoral count according to betting site PredicitIt.com is now turning slightly towards Trump, with Clinton 322 Trump 216. Trump now is now ahead in Ohio 56, Arizona 52, Iowa 60, Maine-2-51, Nebraska-2 56, Utah 65. Note the number associated with the state are the betting odds of the candidate winning. Arizona, for example is now given a 52% chance of going for Trump. There is, as of now, someone at the other end of…

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