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Archive for January, 2015

Putting Off the Ritz

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

[Cue the Apocalyptic Music] When the House Education Committee voted this past week 8-3 to allow the State Board of Education (SBE) to choose its own Chair rather than have Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz automatically chair the meetings you would have sworn the world was coming to an end. The dead were rising […]

Just IN; A Tempest in a Teaspoon

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

I was in downtown Chicago Monday playing attorney and while I was looking at my twitter feed during a court recess I was a bit taken back by all the comments about an elected official creating a “news operation” to put out stories about his administration. All I could think to myself is that Barack […]

How About a Consolidated Primary?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

I am going to throw a thought out there that will probably make my political friends heads spin like Linda Blair in the Exorcist, but I think it’s worth discussing.  How about a consolidated primary for municipal elections? Seriously!  Instead of voters having to choose a Republican or Democratic ballot for Mayor or City Council […]

96, 125 & 135

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Those were the numbers of murders in Indianapolis in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  However,  I decided to do a little digging into those stats to get a more complete picture.  Here’s what I found.  You can draw your own conclusions. 2012 96 murders 73% of the victims had an adult felony record. 70% of the […]

Primary Colors

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Well, it looks like my Republican friends are going to have a real primary in the race for Mayor of Indianapolis. And that may not necessarily be a bad thing. With all due respect to Terry Michael and Jocelyn Tande Adande, the real contest, unless someone else gets in or out, will be between Deputy […]

If You Don’t Live in Indianapolis, Read This

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

This may sound odd, but if you are a Republican who does not live in Indianapolis, you should be concerned about the Indy Mayor’s race. Why? Allow me to explain. Later this week, Marion County Republicans are slated to unveil their candidate for Mayor. Right now the only candidates that have filed are former Fall […]

Free College? Not So Fast

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

I have been teaching college for more than a decade so when the President recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would think I’d be excited. Not so much.  Actually, I think “free” college is one of the worst things we could do.  First of all, there is no such thing […]

Hands Free or Don’t Drive

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Two Indiana lawmakers have proposed bills that would ban driving while talking on your cell phone. State Senator Pete Miller of Avon and State Representative Milo Smith of Columbus have both introduced bills that would ban talking on your cell phone while driving unless you are using a hands free device. It’s already illegal to […]

A Sunday Sales Compromise

Friday, January 9th, 2015

In addition to my eight million other jobs, one thing I do from time to time is help mediate disputes.  I haven’t had to do it in a while, but I think my services might be in order this legislative session, particularly when it comes to Sunday alcohol sales. By now you are quite familiar […]

Welcome to Castleton “Scare” Mall

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

You would think that if a few hundred unruly teenagers and young adults showed up at your business, acted like they had no home training, got into a fight which spilled out to your parking lot and law enforcement had to come out because there were reports (although later not substantiated) of gunfire, you might […]