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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 […]

The Local LGBT Battle

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

I was not surprised when Senate President Pro Tempore David Long announced that the GOP caucus could not reach a consensus on legislation to add sexal orientation to the state’s civil rights and so the bill effectively died in the Chamber. In fact, I told you this would likely happen.  So now the question is […]

Sending out an SOS

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Indiana Governor’s decision to pick State Senator Connie Lawson as Secretary of State has implications far wider than just simply restoring a sense of stability to the Office that has been rocked by turmoil for more than a year and a half. Daniels made the announcement Friday, saying he had called Lawson the day before […]

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 […]

Thursday’s Thoughts

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Here’s the latest gossip, rumor and innuendo coming from the Capitol.  Do with it what you will… There’s a lot of speculation about what happened in the impromptu meeting Wednesday afternoon between House Speaker Brian Bosma and Democratic leader Pat Bauer.   Bauer was in town for a “personnel issue” that involved the four legislative leaders […]

Right to What?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

It’s no big secret that I am a fan of what’s known as “right to work” legislation.  I don’t believe anyone should be forced to join or pay for a union as a condition of their employment.  If they want to join willingly, then more power to them.  However, there is a time and place […]

28 Days Later

Friday, March 18th, 2011

When the Indiana Democrats walked off the floor on February 21, no one imagined they would still be gone nearly 30 days later.  By being out for so long it’s been estimated that this is the longest walkout of any legislative body in the history of the United States.  And apparently that was enough for […]

Who Declared War on Education?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In the debate over education reform in Indiana schools, it took a little while to figure out exactly how the opponents of education reform would try to frame the debate, but they have finally tipped their hand.  They are calling it a “war on public education and a war against teachers”. I find that somewhat […]