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So What Exactly is a “Working Family”?

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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 […]

Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Good for Business

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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, […]

It’s a Different World

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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 […]

Revisiting Right to Work

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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 […]

Dear White People*

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

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, […]

Indiana Black Democrats Right to Demand Diversity

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

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 […]

Let’s Talk About Cuts

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Indiana has $1 billion in annual road need.   The anti-tax crowd says don’t raises taxes, use existing budget dollars.  Ok, that’s fine, let’s see if we can take $1 billion out of the state budget. According to State Budget Agency, Indiana spent $30 billion in fiscal year 2016.   Wow, that’s a lot of money, Abdul. […]

Giving the Mayor a Grade

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

As some of you know one of the jobs I have is I teach college and at the end of every semester my students get a grade.  Well, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has completed his  first full year in office and it’s time to give him a grade. Now the way I decided to do […]

My Top 10 of 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Well as tradition dictates, it’s time for me to do my  top 10 state and local stories of 2016.  Of course most of this occurs in the shadow of President-Elect Donald’s Trump’s victory, so with that said, here we go…    Voters Turn Down Our IPS’ BS.  – IPS reform advocates win three out four […]

Ask Not for Whom the Road Tolls

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

If Indiana wants to fully address its road funding problem, it is going to seriously have to include toll roads as part of that equation. Right now, the state has about $1.1 billion worth of road funding needs.  There are numerous proposals on the table to help close that gap; an increase in the gas […]