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September 19, 2016 10:53 AM

Fishers Set To Lose Long-Time Police Chief

Imagine for a moment a city in Indiana with roughly 90,000 residents where the police chief had been with local law enforcement 36 years and had hired every single officer on the force.  Fishers is about to lose such a man to retirement. George Kehl has formed a relationship between the citizens of Fishers and the city’s police department that continues to this day.  In a podcast interview with me recorded last June, Chief Kehl…

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September 17, 2016 12:53 PM

My Interview with Gary Johnson

On Tuesday, I was invited by the Gary Johnson Campaign to Purdue University for an interview with the Libertarian Nominee for President (Click to Hear). The former Governor of New Mexico was the guest of former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. My exclusive interview took place before the two addressed a crowd of more than 1800. Johnson is determined to have a profound influence on this year’s election. Not since Ross Perot has a third party candidate had nationwide…

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September 4, 2016 6:18 PM

Ain’t that America

As I walked into Victory Field last Friday night for what seemed like the millionth time, I felt something altogether new. Weaving through the capacity crowd for the next-to-last game of the Indians’ 2016 season, I found myself blown away by the sheer human variety. An epiphany — as if I were seeing the Indianapolis of my birth for the first time. And in a sense I was. Complexions in every shade of pink and…

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August 21, 2016 8:00 PM

Fishers City Council Asserts Itself

The Fishers City Council has generally been on board with the economic development strategy of Mayor Scott Fadness, but there are now indications that support may not be so solid.  During Fishers’ last couple of years as a town, the town council had some major disagreements on a number of issues, but since becoming a city in 2015, there has been mostly harmony (at least, in public). The discord began when Councilman Rick Block voted…

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August 6, 2016 2:23 PM

My Interview with Glenda Ritz

I had the opportunity to sit down with Indiana Superintendent of Schools Glenda Ritz for an interview (Click to Listen). While many reports focus on her combative encounters with Governor Pence and the State Board of Education, I found her to be extremely engaged and friendly. Ritz sees herself as the state’s primary advocate for empowering teachers. This is a natural tendency as she was an educator before being elected. But her passion for classroom…

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August 2, 2016 9:46 AM

Young Readies for Battle Against Bayh

On Tuesday, I sat down for an interview with Todd Young (Click here to listen). It has been a whirlwind two weeks, as the race for U.S. Senate turned upside down. Young went from heavy favorite to defeat Baron Hill, to a hotly contested battle against Evan Bayh. Young appeared unfazed by the task of taking on Bayh and his roughly $9 million war chest. In fact, he seemed to relish the opportunity. “We are ready for…

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July 14, 2016 2:01 PM

Pros and Cons of Picking Pence

Multiple agencies are reporting Donald Trump will announce Mike Pence as his Vice President Friday morning. Though Pence was labeled the “safe” pick by many, it is a more loaded selection than meets the eye. There are many positives and negatives that come with picking Indiana’s governor. Pence establishes some trust between Trump and groups that have been slow to get on board. Two in particular are the establishment/donor class and evangelical wing of the…

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July 13, 2016 9:51 AM

Establishment Crashes the Trump Party

Donald Trump’s Indiana victory was a beautiful thing. Not just because he wrapped up the nomination here or lapped the field in the process. Those were icings on the cake. The thing that mattered most was the way it happened. Trump’s win came on the backs of countless foot soldiers who volunteered their time and treasure to put out signs, knock on doors, and defend smears from members of the Republican Establishment. They were the…

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July 13, 2016 5:51 AM

To VP or Not to VP?

The crowds.  The cheers.  The chants of USA and “Trump, Trump, Trump!”  All that and more went into the latest Donald Trump rally.  But this time, the speculation of will he or won’t he announce his Vice Presidential pick was palpable in the air. Those “in-the-know” said not tonight for the best of reasons.  And of course, they were right.  But the buzz, the talk, the rumors in the community by average Hoosiers and on the…

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July 12, 2016 8:18 AM

Our Awful Primary Process

Evan Bayh’s apparent return to politics is the latest reminder of the rotten way we place candidates into nomination in Indiana. Taxpayers are forced to pay for worthless primaries. The results mean nothing. Primaries are just fundraising tools, designed to bolster name identification at the public’s expense. In April, I appeared on local television and said the primaries were nothing but a club sport, and citizens had no business funding the charade. At the time,…

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