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February 19, 2017 10:36 AM

So What Exactly is a “Working Family”?

I was listening a debate recently between two Indiana lawmakers and the subject came up regarding “working families”.  One said the other’s policies would hurt working families in Indiana.  I’ve been hearing that a lot lately.  One political party says the other political party’s policies are bad for “working families.”    And it’s not just the state level, but “working families” seem to get mentioned a lot by politicians these days.    But in all the…

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February 16, 2017 3:40 PM

An Affront to the Process

Yesterday’s meeting of the House Elections Committee was as an affront to the public and the legislative process. Several hundred Hoosiers showed up on a weekday, with 24 hours notice given. They were there to show their support for HB1014, a bill that would create a citizens redistricting commission to take over the responsibility for drawing Congressional and state legislative districts. I am unaware of another bill that has attracted such a large crowd of…

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February 14, 2017 11:42 AM

Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Good for Business

I was in Target the other day picking up a Valentine’s Day card for my wife.   I grabbed a card and looked out the outside which read “I found the perfect woman.” I opened it expecting it to read “and you found the perfect man”, but it didn’t.  When I opened it up it said, “And so did you.” I was a little confused for a second until I realized it was a card for…

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February 13, 2017 9:13 AM

It’s a Different World

This past weekend I did an interview with a local community activist who has an Internet based television show.   We taped on Saturday at a studio at 38th and High School Road.  It was in a strip mall that was full of places that most of us would likely never go.  The inside was half finished, there were bars protecting shops, like I said, it was a likely a place where most of us would…

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February 7, 2017 9:59 AM

Revisiting Right to Work

I was reviewing my Facebook timeline this morning and it reminded me that it was five years ago that Indiana became a “Right to Work” (RTW) state. In case you forgot, RTW simply means you can’t be compelled to join a union as a condition of your employment. I immediately flashbacked to the protests at the Statehouse, although many of the protesters weren’t from Indiana.   I recall the naysayers arguing that RTW was going to…

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February 4, 2017 9:42 AM

Dear White People*

This may sound strange, but you have my permission to use the “n-word” whenever you feel like it.  No, I take that back, you have my blessing.   Here’s why. If the Deputy Mayor of Neighborhoods for the City of Indianapolis can use racially offensive language to describe black people and there are no consequences,  then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to spout off when you want and live happily ever after.…

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February 2, 2017 6:53 PM

Sleeping Through the Coup

Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant since the death of Antonin Scalia. When I went to my computer Wednesday morning, I found the predictable emails claiming that Judge Gorsuch is an unacceptable, far-right threat to the Republic and must be stopped (and oh, send money). I agree that this nomination should be rejected (although I doubt it will be), but not because the Judge himself…

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January 29, 2017 10:36 PM

Will Indiana get screwed again?

For nearly 50 years I’ve followed compilations of how much revenue Indiana contributes toward versus how much we get back on federal grants to states.  We gotten back somewhere between 80 cents and 92 cents for every dollar we ship eastward.  There are various reasons for this, it oscillates over time, and the precise answer depends on the methodology being used.  But the answer is always generally the same:  Indiana is a “donor” state.  Our…

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January 29, 2017 11:20 AM

Indiana Black Democrats Right to Demand Diversity

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  Not because Donald Trump is President or that Chicago Cubs won the World Series, but because I am in full agreement with the Indiana Legislative Black Caucus on an issue. In the 13 years I have been covering Indiana politics it has a been a rare day when the ILBC and I agree on anything, but this one of them.  Indiana state Democrats have done…

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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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