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October 30, 2016 7:40 PM

Why School Board Elections Are So Important

With all the hoopla surrounding the presidential election, along with the Indiana Senate and Gubernatorial races, it is important to your local community when you have a school board election.  The school corporation in my home town of Fishers, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools, will be electing three board members in this election. But there are a number of school board seats up for grabs in the Central Indiana area.  Board elections are set for the Indianapolis…

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October 19, 2016 11:12 AM

Hamilton County GOP & the General Election

When I watched the October 18th League of Women Voters Hamilton County candidate forum in Noblesville, my thoughts went back to a conversation I had a while back with a young Republican.  He was concerned about his local party. Why would he be concerned?  Republicans hold nearly every elective office in the entire county.  The Hamilton County GOP has been very successful. That’s what concerned the young Republican.  Hamilton County Republicans have grown too arrogant,…

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October 9, 2016 9:54 AM

When you shake hands with The Donald….

Let’s face it – this wasn’t a surprise. Long before the recordings surfaced of Donald Trump speaking of women in crude, offensive and misogynistic terms, the Republican presidential candidate had made it abundantly clear who and what he was. Certainly, his hatred of women had been on full display. Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Rosie O’Donnell, Alicia Machado, Carly Fiorina and, yes, Hillary Clinton all can testify to Trump’s demeaning dismissals of women as beings…

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October 5, 2016 6:57 PM

Foreigners? Thank heaven

I have watched inner-city parishes that were near death, including my own St. Patrick’s, revitalized by the influx of devout Catholic families from Mexico and Central America. I have seen desolate inner-city commercial corners brought back to life by tireless entrepreneurs who had fled strife-torn countries in the Middle East and South Asia. Theirs is an American story that will fill books, and it is a happy one for the neighborhoods and cities where these…

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September 29, 2016 5:01 PM

The Donald and The Juice

Could Donald Trump be the O.J. Simpson for white malcontents? Or perhaps the Mike Tyson? In his book about the Simpson trial, “In Contempt,” assistant prosecutor Chris Darden said he eschewed a change of venue to the suburbs because he believed his fellow African-Americans were ready to demonstrate to the white world that they could deliver the blind justice they’d been so long denied. He was wrong. For all his clear guilt in two horrible…

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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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