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June 14, 2017 3:38 PM

Domestic terrorism in D.C.

It’s hard to imagine that more than a few people who share the warped sensibilities of the gunman are not horrified by the shootings this morning in Alexandria, Va. No elected official – indeed, no one – deserves to be targeted for his or her actions or beliefs. Period. That said, a few thoughts come to mind: One, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was taken to a Washington D.C. hospital, where he undoubtedly and appropriately…

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June 14, 2017 12:42 PM

These Are Not Your Grandfather’s Democratic Nor Republican Parties

As a life-long Republican I have to admit to major disappointment and embarrassment over the recent developments and lack of meaningful accomplishments generated in Washington, DC since the election. It makes me appreciate even more the leadership demonstrated by Governor Holcomb, Speaker Bosma and President Long in Indiana. Last week when one of my Democratic friends had me on the ropes trying to defend the inaction in DC, I came across an article asking whether…

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June 11, 2017 9:02 AM

The First Amendment is a Lot of Fun

This weekend in Indianapolis there were two events that could not be any more different from each other, the Indy Pride parade and a rally against Sharia Law. Although I have to say, the anti-Sharia law crowd was a lot more “colorful” than the Indy Pride folks. The point of Pride was to celebrate the members of the LGBT community (I apologize if I left out a letter) and the point of the anti-Sharia law…

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June 5, 2017 10:37 PM

Five Quick Fixes for Indiana’s Alcohol Laws

With a new poll out showing a majority of Hoosiers support Sunday sales and being able to buy cold beer at grocery and convenience stores, here are five quick things Indiana lawmakers can do to put some sanity back in the state’s alcohol laws. Let Hoosiers buy alcohol on Sundays at grocery and convenience stores. There is no reason that an activity that perfectly legal Monday through Saturday should be outright banned on Sunday.  It’s…

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May 28, 2017 7:50 AM

A Tale of Two Indys

It is the best of times. It was the best of times.  It is an age of wisdom and occasionally, some foolishness.  Yes, I am paraphrasing the famous line in a Tale of Two Cities, but in fact, I am talking about Indianapolis.  As I look around the city lately, it is pretty clear that two Indianapolis’ are taking shape. There is one Indianapolis where companies like Salesforce and Infosys are making tech job announcements…

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May 20, 2017 8:25 AM

Trump’s Turmoil

While I have never been a Donald Trump supporter, I do not want him to fail as President. If he failed, the country failed, and that’s not good for anyone. With that said, Donald Trump’s biggest enemy is not the media, the Democrats or the D.C. Swamp, aka, the Establishment; it’s Donald Trump. I base this conclusion on the last 25 years of my life as a reporter, spokesman for an elected official, attorney, and…

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May 13, 2017 11:58 AM

To the Class of 2017

It’s that time of year.  The time of year I dispense my advice to this year’s graduating class.   Feel free to add you own to the list.   Everything happens for a reason, sometimes we just can’t figure it out right away, but eventually, you do.  And you will be amazed at how the tragedy was necessary for you to triumph later. Fear is okay, being afraid is not.  A good healthy dose of…

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May 10, 2017 1:13 PM

Indiana Property Taxes – Best of Times or Worst of Times?

Indiana Property Taxes Best of Times or Worst of Times?   As all Hoosiers pay their property taxes this week, either with a check to their county treasurer, their monthly mortgage payments or their monthly rent check, it is a good time to examine how Indiana compares to other states. The U.S. Census Bureau figures that the average household spends $2,149.00/year on property taxes for their homes and another $402.00 for vehicle property taxes.  …

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May 4, 2017 7:52 AM

Voting Early Doesn’t Equal Voting Often

The discussion is heating up once again in Marion County over the issue of satellite voting.   Common Cause and the Indianapolis Chapter of the NAACP have filed a lawsuit against the State of Indiana and Marion County over early voting, or the lack thereof. They say because other counties have multiple early voting opportunities and Marion County doesn’t, that Marion County voters are being disenfranchised because they have to come down to the City-County building…

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May 1, 2017 11:11 AM

Win, Lose or Draw

Now that we’ve had a little more than a week to digest what Indiana lawmakers did and did not do, it’s time for my list of winners and losers.  As I wrote in my most recent Indy Star column, nothing can ever really be considered a total win or complete loss because of the compromises necessary to make the legislative process work. However, some things are pretty obvious, and some things are worth keeping an…

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