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November 7, 2013 6:40 AM 1 Comment

The True Color of Tea….

Yesterday, Emmis Communication joined Freedom Indiana, the coalition opposing HJR 6, the measure constitutionalizing Indiana’s ban on same sex marriage and civil unions. Also yesterday,  a northern Indiana Tea Party group joined the group of those agitating for passage of that constitutional amendment. Because Tea Party folks are all about limited government. Right. Listen up, Tea Party people: limited government means limited. Not just low-tax, not just no pesky government interference when your business dumps toxic waste into the…

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November 6, 2013 12:46 PM 1 Comment

Times A Wasting

At this point in the last mayoral election cycle, Melina Kennedy’s exploratory committee had been on file for nearly three months. She had pretty decent I.D. since she had run for prosecutor earlier. Joe Hogsett would be a dream candidate but rumors continue to swirl that he is more interested in running for the U.S. Senate in 2016. I can’t believe the Democrats will boot this one again.  Bill DeBlasio won in New York with…

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November 6, 2013 11:46 AM

Cynical Republicans Should Be Scared of Chris Christie

As we debate a ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Indiana, I’ve often heard from Republican operatives that opposition to the amendment should be based on practicality, rather than intellectual thought, party principles, or policy prudence. The opposition to the amendment has done a very good job of painting the picture of a conservative apocalypse should social conservatives follow their values and pass the amendment out of the Indiana House of Representatives, moving…

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November 5, 2013 2:52 PM

Get a College Degree ASAP

I hear it all the time. For some, it is politically incorrect to utter it within earshot. But I hear it. I most often hear it shortly after headlines report that college graduation rates are low among minority and low-income students. There is a good chance you have heard it too.  Or perhaps it crossed your mind. Are minority and low-income students capable of college-level work? The resounding answer of “yes” can be found right…

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November 5, 2013 10:43 AM 4 Comments

This is policing the Monon?

Somewhere Ray Irvin’s laughing about this Monon Trail etiquette thing in Carmel. The city council is turning itself inside-out trying to police the popular rail-trail. Cyclists who mistake the Monon for the Champs-Elysees now face fines while discourteous strollers who block the trail don’t. Good luck policing this mess. Who’s Ray Irvin? He’s the Monon’s godfather, the guy who sold the idea of turning an abandoned railbed into a “linear park” in the 1980s and…

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November 4, 2013 4:36 PM

Cameras in the SCOTUS

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear arguments this week about local governments opening their sessions with a Christian prayer.  There are over 2,500 local governments (counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, and special districts) in Indiana, so this case might be of some interest here.   We can read, listen to, and watch coverage after the fact.  We can even read the transcript or listen to audio from the hearing shortly after…

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November 3, 2013 5:37 AM

Historic Preservation Becoming Economic Urbanism?

Indianapolis hosted the largest historic preservation conference in the nation this week, enjoying bus loads of visitors touring our historic sites and neighborhoods. While this made me proud of our local accomplishments, it also raised a lot of questions on whether Indy needs its preservationists to become “Economic Urbanists”. Preservationist have tended to focus on saving the historic physical fabric of individual buildings and assumed that the market or government would take care of the…

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November 1, 2013 10:48 AM 3 Comments

Bully for RINOs and DINOs

When someone labels another person the shorthand often is meant to harm. RINO and DINO are derisive acronyms used by political insiders to dismiss a fellow partisan. The R is for Republican, the D for Democrat. The “INO” stands for “in name only.” To see what I’m talking about, look here and here. I’d like to see these hyper-partisans called out for what they are: bullies. In this polarized political world we need more independent…

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October 31, 2013 1:34 PM 1 Comment

Where is Benjamin Harrison when we need him?

Anyone remember when politics was less intrusive, less ubiquitous?  Meaning before it dominated the press, monopolized night-time media, cluttered the mail, and loaded up my computer.  Unhappily it has become impossible to avoid.  Elections used to come in cycles.  Today they are nonstop.  Every day there is an invitation to a “reception” or dinner, involving a check for the candidate.  We adjust to it but we don’t necessarily like it The pervasive nagging is not…

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October 30, 2013 10:56 AM 3 Comments

Ritz is No Victim, She’s the Problem

The only thing worse than when someone drops the ball and then tries to blame everyone else for their failure is when that person is an elected official. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and her enablers have tried to blame the State Board of Education for their shortcomings an inability to get things done. I had no idea the SBE had dropped the ball on so many issues, such as… Failure to make rules…

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