Commentary

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Most Hoosier voters aren’t extreme. Why are our lawmakers?

BY: and - September 15, 2022

Voters in Madison, Delaware and Henry counties might reasonably suppose they sent their state senator to the Indiana Statehouse to represent them. But instead, Sen. Mike Gaskill, R-Pendleton, declared on the Senate floor this summer: “I’m up here today to represent Jesus.” Gaskill was explaining why he would vote to ban nearly all abortions in […]

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Royal coverage should help us learn how ‘royalty’ even exists

BY: - September 14, 2022

For many Americans, including me, the attraction to the exhausting news surrounding Great Britain’s royal family is dumbfounding. The mere existence of a “royal” family is so antithetical to my view of our culture, I usually open my participation in any conversation about the Windsor’s with an eye roll, not a bow.  Elizabeth II’s passing […]

Invest in outdoor recreation as part of legacy, governor urged

BY: - September 13, 2022

As Gov. Eric Holcomb decides his priorities and contemplates his legacy during his remaining years in office, we urge him to focus on outdoor recreation.  An in-depth report commissioned every five years by the Outdoor Industry Association, a trade group for outdoor gear companies, reported that outdoor recreation spending in the U.S. totaled $887 billion […]

It’s quality of life, not cost of living

BY: - September 12, 2022

Simple economic ideas aren’t really very hard to understand. So, I’m often puzzled to hear folks make the claim that Indiana’s low cost of living is an attractive feature. It is not. A low cost of living is actually evidence of chronic economic problems, and is maybe the last thing anyone should want to claim […]

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Is Young in trouble? Probably not, but one poll is making waves

BY: - September 9, 2022

Could U.S. Sen. Todd Young be in trouble in his re-election bid? If so, it would be one of the biggest political upsets Indiana has ever seen. Two major political prognosticators – Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball – have called the seat uncompetitive and labeled it either a solid or safe Republican win. […]

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Task Force looks to match housing supply with growth ambitions

BY: - September 8, 2022

Indiana’s housing supply isn’t keeping up with the demands of a state that works, or a state that’s growing. That’s the challenge that prompted the General Assembly to create an interim Housing Task Force ahead of next year’s budget session with a singular focus on residential development. The Housing Task Force brings together lawmakers and […]

Todd Rokita could use a friend to stand by him

BY: - September 7, 2022

Stephen King’s 1982 novella, “The Body,” was adapted into the award-winning, 1986 film, “Stand by Me.” There are significant differences between the two versions of the story, but both are primarily about friendship. It is a tale about Gordie LaChance, his friend, Chris Chambers, and two other 12-year-old friends, who go on a journey to […]

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What voting in Kansas and New York mean for Indiana

BY: - September 6, 2022

When I taught introductory courses on American politics, one of the things I covered was the fact that the political party in the White House almost always loses seats in the House and/or Senate in the midterm election. This is not particularly controversial since it has happened in every midterm election since 1862, except 1902, […]

America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment

BY: - September 5, 2022

Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, restaurant chain Chipotle saw the first of its stores unionize, following […]

Should Indiana move on from the death penalty?

BY: - September 2, 2022

Indiana is at a crossroads with the death penalty. No one has been executed in 13 years – with at least four men on death row having exhausted all appeals years ago. The problem is the Indiana Department of Correction doesn’t have the medications needed to carry out an execution. And it’s unclear if they […]

Hoosier children still suffering from mental health pandemic

BY: - September 1, 2022

Children in America are in a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels. And we are just starting to understand the effects the past two years have had on the mental health of our Hoosier children.  Indiana’s overall child well-being rank is 28th in the country, according to the recently released […]

From Atlanta to Mar-a-Lago, this lawlessness can’t be allowed to continue

BY: - August 31, 2022

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be gangster.” It’s one of the greatest opening lines in cinematic history. It opened the classic film, “Goodfellas,” and was spoken by the late Ray Liotta, in his portrayal of Henry Hill, an associate of the Lucchese crime family before he became an FBI […]