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The "Best People"

April 19, 2017 1:41 PM Sheila Kennedy 0 Comments

A recent article in the New York Times reflected upon Trump's relationship with Steve Bannon (which appears to be unraveling). The article was one of many focusing on disarray in the White House and tensions between Bannon and the various others who have the President's ear. But this paragraph caught my eye: In a way, to believe in Mr. Bannon’s genius is to adopt the president’s belief in a sort of vulgar technocracy — the...

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Bye, bye, American guys

April 14, 2017 3:21 PM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

Trump voters are dying. Earlier and earlier. A groundbreaking Princeton  University study conducted over the past two years shows a dramatic rise in mortality rates among white American men of middle age, especially those of low education. How dramatic? In 1999, the mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans without a college degree was 30 percent lower than that of all black Americans. Now, it's 30 percent higher, said researcher Anne Case. The reasons? Principally, drug and alcohol abuse and...

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Working Instead of Whining

April 13, 2017 8:01 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

I love it when people tell me that “there are no jobs out there”.  And even though I point to Indiana’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate and 64.4 percent worker participation rate, they still tell me that they can’t find a job because they’re black, have a criminal record or are an older person.  The excuses run like water. And while I could cite more facts and data about wages and how in most cases education attainment...

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Hogsett Offers More Hope (And More Questions)

April 20, 2017 7:22 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

As I sat down and watched Indianapolis Mayor Joe’s Hogsett’s second State of the City speech, two thoughts came to mind.   The mayor is a great at two things, giving an impassioned speech that reaches the heart of the listener and leaving me with more questions when he’s done. In his first state of the city address, the mayor talked about public safety, poverty and getting the city’s finances in order.  He...

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Boomers vs. Millennials

April 2, 2017 6:08 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

As a member of the baby boom generation, I must come to a sad conclusion – the boomers have largely made a mess of things.  I can only hope the millennials will do a better job. We boomers grew up during the 1950s and 1960s.  We did accomplish some things, but on balance, we have provided America and Indiana with badly split politics and governmental inertia. There is some debate about how to define millennials, but the...

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Mark Your Political Calendars

April 17, 2016 11:54 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

With about two weeks to the May Primary, I thought it might come in handy to write down a few important dates.  These are all based on official and “unofficial” conversations I’ve had over the weekend… April 18 - Republican U.S. Senate Debate April 20 - Donald Trump scheduled to come to Indianapolis April 21-  Ted Cruz appears at the Indiana GOP State Dinner April 22-23 - Libertarian Party of Indiana State Convention April 26 - John Kasich likely to...

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Trump & Small Donors

August 5, 2016 4:29 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

The Donald Trump campaign is seeing a mass of small donors contributing to the New York businessman's presidential effort, and that development should get the attention of all political pundits.  Mr. Trump has struck a nerve with millions of Americans. The New York Times reported on August 3rd that cash poured into the Trump campaign during the month of July.  Here's a part of the Times story: "Mr. Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $64 million through...

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Thursday's Battle Royal

August 3, 2015 11:40 AM Pete Seat 0 Comments

  Last December, I implored those wanting to be president to just, you know, run for president. Speculation at the time was that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would defer to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush if the latter got in the race. Both are now running. There was also talk that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would freeze out any other Midwestern governor from joining the field. He didn’t. Ohio’s John Kasich, who hadn’t taken concrete steps...

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Weighing in on wages

March 4, 2014 3:06 PM Gerry Lanosga 0 Comments

I missed the big Forefront debate on minimum wage last week, so here’s my $6.65 worth. Why $6.65? That’s the value of the current minimum wage in 2009 dollars, 2009 being the last time the wage was adjusted. In other words, for an hour’s labor at the minimum wage today, a worker effectively earns 60 cents less in buying power than five years ago. The real value of the wage has been falling behind the pace...

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The U.S. Senate has given both Republican and Democrat something to rue!

April 10, 2017 4:25 PM Paul Mannweiler 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate has given both Republican and Democrat something to rue!   Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court today. What should be a meaningful moment for American democracy has been tarnished by the childish partisan bickering of our U.S. Senators over the last four years.   The Republicans argue that they were forced to ignite the “Nuclear Option” because for the first time in our history the Democrats were using...

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We'll Show Them! We'll Hurt Ourselves!

January 7, 2014 9:05 PM Sheila Kennedy 2 Comments

We need to ask Governor Pence a simple question: Why are you refusing to implement Medicaid expansion, when the federal government will pay the entire cost for the first three years and 90% of the costs thereafter—especially when those dollars you are rejecting would create an estimated 30,000 Hoosier jobs and, according to health economists, would reduce premiums paid by Hoosiers with private insurance? The only response I’ve heard is weak and highly speculative: the federal...

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Real ROI

April 21, 2014 11:48 AM Curt Smith 0 Comments

In working to advance pro-family policies, half the battle is won if we can just get policymakers to understand a few simple facts. Chief among them is the investment made in each child. The official scorekeeper for the US government of this "factoid" is the US Department of Agriculture, perhaps harkening back to the day when food was a major cost of child rearing. Its latest findings (2011) show...

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Thanks for the Valentine's Day Present

February 14, 2014 6:53 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

I have to give it to Indiana lawmakers.  Just when I think they are about to do something that is not only silly, but politically short-sighted, they pull themselves back from the brink, in this case it was the marriage amendment. You know what I mean. The amendment originally stated “Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical...

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Balancing Privacy & The Right To Public Records

April 18, 2017 3:08 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

As a retired federal civil servant, I understand the importance of privacy in my employment records.  But as someone that returned to journalism after a 28 year interregnum, I also understand the public’s right to know what public employees are up to. Those two concepts have come together in the case of the Fishers High School varsity football coach’s recent five-day suspension.  Striking the right balance is a challenge, and is part of a tug-of-war now...

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The Road to Compromise

April 1, 2017 8:04 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding.  Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to road funding, and increasing the cigarette tax by 60 cents to help indirectly fill the budget gap created by the sales...

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New Executive Order from the President

January 29, 2014 9:09 AM Mark Souder 0 Comments

This morning President Obama reportedly has issued an executive order declaring that all cold and snow must be gone by Friday.  Claiming God was too slow, the President said he would move ahead without Him.  "Let me tell you why," the President said.  "This morning there are young mothers trapped again home with their children when they could be working hard putting up a solar panel.  Or speaking out against large sized sodas.  At the...

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Candidate wooing Indiana & other states at same time

April 25, 2014 8:51 AM Ronnetta Spalding 0 Comments

Running for a political office has always been a dating game of sorts, where the person vying for a seat courts the public in hopes of becoming their preferred candidate. It’s a real push for me to buy the “choose me over the other person” talk when the potential candidate is openly wooing congressional offices in multiple states. Just ask Erin Magee, a Florida resident who is not only hoping to snag the Republican nod for a...

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About That Arc of Justice....

May 4, 2014 6:46 AM Sheila Kennedy 0 Comments

On Thursday, Pew Research Center's Daily Religion Headlines confirmed what anyone watching the American landscape already knows: gay rights has gone mainstream. The Detroit Free Press reported on an effort by major Michigan companies to ban LGBT discrimination against workers by including sexual orientation under the state's civil rights laws. This isn't the business community just trying to block a mean-spirited measure; it's an affirmative effort to guarantee civil rights. A Christian Science Monitor headline posed a...

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Obama Trading Skills

June 3, 2014 7:52 PM Mark Souder 1 Comment

1) I am just relieved Obama didn't trade ten or twenty terrorists for Bergdahl.  My confidence level in the Administration isn't very high right now. 2) I am also relieved that President Obama isn't in charge of Pacer roster changes.

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Let’s Level the Liquor Playing Field

March 26, 2017 8:35 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

Indiana’s alcohol laws will drive you to drink. We all know how ridiculous it is that you can’t buy alcohol on Sunday or cold beer at a grocery store or gas station (make that most gas stations).  But did you know in a liquor store you can’t sell cold soda or bottled still water, but you can get by carbonated water in a bottle, it’s called a commodity restriction which limits what...

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