February 26, 2017 3:31 PM
The recent flare-up between the White House Press Office and reporters covering the president is more than just a conflict between the media and the Trump Administration. It is an opportunity for the media to start covering the Trump White House in a smarter way. However, I am not optimistic.
Why did Press Secretary Sean Spicer exclude certain news organizations, seen by the White House as unfriendly to the president, from a “gaggle?” (a gaggle means...
February 19, 2017 5:21 PM
The last time I saw Michael Gradison, I was helping him struggle up the steps of the City-County Building to join a demonstration on behalf of unionization for hotel workers making poverty wages.
The last time I saw Joe Zelenka, I was trying and failing to lift him into bed in a nursing home room bedecked with memorabilia of his humanitarian work and his large, close family.
Michael died Feb. 12 after fighting through pain from multiple...
February 19, 2017 10:36 AM
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.
February 18, 2017 12:02 PM
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.
February 17, 2017 8:06 PM
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 Gov....
February 16, 2017 4:04 PM
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 ever attended....
February 16, 2017 3:40 PM
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...
February 14, 2017 11:42 AM
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...
February 13, 2017 9:13 AM
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...
February 9, 2017 4:06 PM
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...
February 8, 2017 5:43 PM
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 Business...
February 7, 2017 9:59 AM
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...
February 4, 2017 9:42 AM
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.
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...
February 2, 2017 9:56 PM
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.
February 2, 2017 6:53 PM
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 is...
January 29, 2017 10:36 PM
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...
January 29, 2017 11:20 AM
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...
January 23, 2017 12:11 PM
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 many...
January 19, 2017 10:57 PM
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...
January 18, 2017 1:04 PM
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 with...