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Hoosiers Split on Trump

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

A new poll shows Hoosiers are nearly split down the middle when it comes to President Donald Trump. According to a new poll of all 50 states by Morning Consult, 48 percent of Hoosiers surveyed approved of the President’s job while 47 percent disapprove. At the start of his term, Trump had a 55 percent approval […]

This Has Been No Way to Run a Local Government

Monday, February 12th, 2018

When I look at the Indianapolis City-County Council these days, all I can think of is a third-world banana Republic, run by an out of touch dictator who rose to power via a coup and now after a short reign of virtual tyranny, the people have risen up and are getting ready to depose him. […]

We Really are an Indiana Barrister

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Just a quick FYI, we were sworn to the Indiana bar this past Friday, so your favorite broadcaster, political writer and  Indy Politics editor and publisher can practice law here in the Hoosier state. We’ll be based out of the firm of Lewis and Wilkins LLP. I’ve always been licensed to practice in Illinois since 2003, […]

Political Purity Tests

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with then Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.  We were chatting about politics, and he made a very salient point that’s stuck with me.  He said, “Abdul in politics, purity tests are only good for Nazis and suicide bombers.”   Truer words were never spoken, especially when you look […]

It’s Still a Different World

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Last year,  I did an interview with a local community activist who has an Internet-based television show.   We taped at a studio at 38th and High School Road. If you’ve ever been there, and odds are if you’re reading this you haven’t,  the studio was located in a strip mall that was full of […]

How To Navigate Your State Government

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

How’s this for irony?   On the same day a State Senate panel overwhelmingly voted to keep the prohibition against the sale of cold beer in grocery and liquor stores, a House panel unanimously voted to create a summer study committee to look at legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.  And this all happened within a few hours of each other. […]

What’s Up for This Week?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Here’s a quick early rundown on what’s we’re keeping an eye on this week in Indiana government and politics… Monday, January 15 MLK Day, Government closed Tuesday, January 16 Senate Corrections and Criminal Law hearing on CBD Oil (9:30 a.m.) House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee on Township Government Reform (10:30 a.m.) Hate Crime advocates […]

Straw Victory

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Although it’s the political equivalent of winning a pre-season fantasy football game, more than 350 Republican activists gathered in Indianapolis to give Congressman Luke Messer a victory in the party’s first straw poll. Messer won with 147 votes or 45 percent of the vote. Todd Rokita was second with 82 votes, and former State Representative and businessman Mike […]

What’s Up at the Statehouse This Week?

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Here’s a quick rundown of some important events scheduled to take place over at the Indiana General Assembly this week. January 8 – Senate Republicans Unveil Legislative Agenda.  (10:30 a.m.) January 9 – Governor State of the State address.  (7 p.m.) January 10 – Senate Public Policy Committee hears Sunday retail alcohol sales bill.  (Upon adjournment […]

My Top 10 for 2017

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Well, it’s that time of year again; it’s time for my top 10 state and local stories of 2017.   Yes, we know there were a lot of national events taking place, but we focus on local and politics here. Number 10 –   A Road to Somewhere – Who would have thought that Indiana lawmakers would be […]