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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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July 6, 2016 4:29 PM

Sheridan

What would you think if the image of your small town was illustrated around the world by a racist golf cart parade float?  That is what has just happened to Sheridan, Indiana, a town with a population estimated to be around 3,000. While much of southern Hamilton County is suburban to Indianapolis, northern Hamilton County is largely rural.  Sheridan lies in the northern part of the county, about 5 miles north of Westfield. A June,…

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July 6, 2016 10:22 AM

The Other Side of Donald Trump

In 1990, Ryan White passed from complications of AIDS. He was a national treasure, that Hoosiers called their own. Despite enduring hatred, bigotry, and ignorance about his disease, White spent the final years of his life educating people. The teenager’s courage caught the attention and earned the admiration of many celebrities, including Elton John, Howie Long, Greg Louganis, and yes, Donald Trump. Elections are about more than policy. They are about people. Who a person is as…

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June 30, 2016 12:43 PM

Gregg and Pence: Pot Meet Kettle

John Gregg’s “healthcare for life” is ridiculous. There is no way around it. His milking of the system is inexcusable. Even the most loyal Democrat cannot defend it with a straight face. That said, Governor Pence should stop short of taking a victory lap. He is likely throwing stones from a glass house. Have you seen the sweetheart deal available to him during his time in congress? The governor has yet to release how much…

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June 29, 2016 10:20 AM

Trump’s Home Run on Trade

Newsflash: Donald Trump is not the bad guy. Showman? Yes. Insensitive? Sometimes. Politically Incorrect? Often. That said, when it comes to picking the best choice to help working Americans, Trump is the answer. Yesterday’s speech on trade in Pennsylvania reinforced the obvious. Hillary Clinton is the real villain of 2016. Her husband, with dutiful wife by his side, championed disastrous policies that crushed the middle class. It was the Clintons who were cheerleaders of NAFTA,…

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June 21, 2016 4:27 PM

Historical Nuggets from Dick Lugar

Ever the statesman, former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar joined me on The Front Row Seats podcast to discuss the political response to the mass shooting in Orlando, the most pressing foreign policy challenges facing the next president, and other issues late last week. However, it was two little nuggets of information he shared that stood out to me. First, when I asked how Lugar made the shift from a mayor known for local government reform…

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