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Everybody Gets a Mulligan

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

I have never been a good golfer, so mulligans and I are good friends.  Luckily, my role in a round of golf is to bring the cigars and jokes, while the other players bring the actually game.  Unfortunately, politics doesn’t work that way.  A big mistake can totally derail a political campaign, so can a […]

It Was Time, Not Tea, That Defeated Dick Lugar

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Although some may find it hard to believe, Richard Lugar’s main opponent this primary season wasn’t Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party, Club for Growth or FreedomWorks, it was time. This is not to say all those factors didn’t matter.  Throw in  millions of dollars in an air campaign, a feisty opponent with a lot of […]

My Political Predictions*

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

My good friend Jim Shella has made his predictions for today’s primary, so I figured I would jump into the fray.  However, like a good attorney, I always hedge my bets.  My predictions are based on numerous calls across the state today as well as everything we’ve seen so far.  These are for entertainment purposes […]


Friday, May 4th, 2012

I’m finishing up some teaching commitments today, but Brian Howey and DePauw University have the latest in the Lugar-Mourdock race. I’ve reprinted their news released with the latest polling data.  I’ll have some perspective this weekend. ******** INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar’s iconic career of elected public service appears to be in great […]

Primary Colors

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

A friend of mine who I can best describe as “Democrat leaning” was lamenting the other day about how he really didn’t have any choices in the upcoming May 8 primary. So I told him if he was bored with his own party maybe he should go where the action is and look at the […]

Lugar v. Moudock (In Their Own Words)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Both incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and Republican primary challenger Richard Mourdock declared victory in tonight’s GOP debate. In the debate sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission and broadcast all over the state incumbent Richard Lugar and challenger State Treasurer Richard Mourdock both said felt the debate put the campaign momentum in their direction. The […]

The “Stutzman” Factor

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

With a little more than a month to go before the U.S. Senate primary in Indiana, one question to throw into the discussion is whether the Hoosiers who voted for Marlin Stutzman back in the 2010 primary will be the voters who decide whether Richard Lugar or Richard Mourdock faces Democrat Joe Donnelly in November? […]

More Lugar v. Mourdock

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar goes on the offensive against primary challenger State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.  In a new television ad Lugar attacks Mourdock’s  attendance record at state boards and commissions on which he serves.  The Mourdock campaign called the ad misleading and a smear tactic .  

My Top 10 of 2011

Friday, December 30th, 2011

As tradition dictates, it’s time for me to do my top 10 list of political stories for the year.  The criteria are the same as always, magnitude and impact.  Ironically, it was a pretty easy list to put together.  So with that said, here we go, in reverse order. 10. Richard Mourdock challenges Dick Lugar […]

A Most Busy Political Weekend

Friday, October 21st, 2011

For some reason a  lot of moving pieces are coming together this weekend, politically, here in Indy.  Here’s the rundown… Friday, October 21 1:00 p.m. – Mayoral Debate on the Amos Brown Show, AM 1310 5:30 p.m. – Freedom Works PAC to formally endorse Richard Mourdock (Indianapolis Airport) 7:00 p.m. – Herman Cain  Delivers Keynote […]