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February 18, 2017 12:02 PM

Leadership In The Governor’s Office

One of the key qualities I seek in any elected official is leadership.  After seeing our new Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb speak before a crowd in Fishers on February 10th, I walked away feeling I had just listened to the words of a true leader. Governor Holcomb fielded questions in a packed house at Conner Prairie from WTHR Statehouse Reporter Kevin Rader and from the audience of the combined Chambers of Commerce in Hamilton County.…

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February 17, 2017 8:06 PM

Bad bills never die

One of Mike Pence’s finer moments as governor was his 2015 veto of a bill that would have allowed public agencies to charge a search fee for public records requests. Now that Pence has gone on to bigger things, the bill is back. (Thanks, Trump!) House Bill 1523 passed the Indiana House this week by a vote of 62-25, and the Senate almost certainly will pass it as well. So the question is what new…

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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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February 2, 2017 9:56 PM

Foreign Policy & Pure Aggression

I am honestly trying my best to understand the Donald Trump foreign policy. So far, I see only naked verbal aggression, even with America’s best friends. His Twitter exchange with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is picking a fight with our southern neighbor.  The fracas is verbal for now.  Even though America is the behemoth to the north, Mexico can make life miserable for America.  Let’s hope the relationship never gets to that extreme.…

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January 23, 2017 12:11 PM

Women March, Men Meme

This past weekend was a busy one in the world of American democracy. We saw a peaceful transition of power, a new President take office and millions of women across the country march in response to it. Everyone seemed to have reactions and opinions to all of it. Crowd size comparisons. Alternative facts. Facebook pontifications about why women marched and why they didn’t need to march. I happen to be a Republican woman who understands…

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January 19, 2017 10:57 PM

Trump is Right on the NEA

Just hours before inauguration day the incoming administration floated a cocktail of initiatives to rein in federal spending. Pulling the plug on the Department of Energy and shuttering a number of programs at State, perhaps the most interesting cuts are among the smallest. As reported, the proposal includes the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and takes an ax to National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). While not the first mention of this – Gov. Romney’s talk of…

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January 18, 2017 1:04 PM

Let Him Tweet

Donald Trump is a inexhaustible user of Twitter. Entire news cycles are dominated by the content and subject of his tweets. His tweets have the power to send global companies scrambling, elected officials running for cover, and advocates mobilizing. It’s been a long time since I took that social psychology class at Marian College, but I’m pretty sure Donald Trump enjoys the impact of his tweets on American psyche. Who doesn’t love starting the morning…

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January 17, 2017 8:17 AM

Elected, unaccepted

He was perhaps our greatest president, and certainly one of our most despised. Abraham Lincoln had no choice, morally speaking. Opposition to expanding slavery was received in vast areas of the nation as a frontal attack on the American way of life. His words meant war to his fellow citizens; organized, protracted and even to this day incomprehensibly devastating. No other president holds such a distinction. For scope and depth of disaffection, Lincoln has nothing…

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