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Hey Indiana Lawmakers, Thanks for Nothing!!!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, IL bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether then Governor Mike Pence […]

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. […]

Indiana GOP Should Abort Bad Idea

Friday, November 18th, 2016

I have always felt that here in Indiana, Republicans worst enemies aren’t Democrats or progressives, but themselves. This became abundantly clear when I read State Representative Curt Nisly of Goshen wants to introduce a bill that would put a rape victim in jail for having an abortion if she became pregnant due to the sexual […]

War of Words?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

In response to pressure by the Governor’s office to push a 10-percent income tax cut, House Speaker Brian Bosma penned a letter last month to all 92 Republican County Chairmen in Indiana explaining his hesitancy to adopt the measure.   A copy of the letter is below. Bosma letter to county chairman from Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

The Last Seven Days of Session

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma admits that while the Indiana General Assembly  has had to deal with some “side issues” he tells the Statehouse press corps he is generally pleased with what lawmakers have done and thinks they can workout their remaining issues like the smoking ban and a Hoosier’s right to resist an unlawful […]

No More “Mr. Nice Speaker”!!!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says if Democrats don’t show up for work at 9 a.m. Wednesday, he will start levying $1,000 a day fines.  Democrats say they have no intention of paying. The fines are the result of a tumultuous afternoon at the Statehouse where Democrats refused to come back from an afternoon caucus […]

Why Indiana Is About to Become the 23rd Right to Work State

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Don’t be surprised if you wake up on March 15th (the same days as the Ides of March, ironically) and find yourself in the 23rd “Right to Work” (RTW) state in the country.   RTW for Indiana is inevitable.  A full House vote is coming, and RTW will pass.  It won’t be a sweeping majority, I […]

How to Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

I was recently chatting with a buddy of mine from my graduate school days at the University of Illinois.  We were joking about the times we would go out, try to pick up a young lady or two, and just before we were about to seal the deal, then someone would overreach by asking her […]

Right to Work Air Attack

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I was e-mailed this the other day. It started airing Sunday in Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne on the morning public affairs shows.  It will also be running on cable TV in the Indy-metro area. This tells me the GOP is serious bout passing right to work legislation.

The Return of Right To Work

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Indiana Statehouse Republicans Monday threw down the political gauntlet and said they were bringing “right to work” legislation to a vote and making it a priority this session. Democrats, as expected cried foul and said they will do whatever is necessary to stop the measure. Brian Bosma and David Long say they’re ready for Pat […]