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Indiana: a leading laggard or a lagging leader?

Dec 01, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – The most important economic measure is not jobs, wages, or taxes. It is that portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) produced by the private sector. Our jobs, our wages, our taxes are directly related to GDP. What we make, what we do, determines how we live. Over the past ten years, 2011 …

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Economic optimism (and worry)

Dec 01, 2022

MUNCIE – Thanksgiving weekend is a fine occasion to take stock of our world and to consider honestly how our economy fares globally, nationally and locally. The economy isn’t everything, of course. Freedom, family and health matter more. However, strong economic growth is the best remedy for many vexing challenges. In almost every way the …

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Five things I ask potential candidates

Dec 01, 2022

CARMEL – Throughout my political career, I have always applied four tests to any candidate who was vying for either my support or my vote. I’ve made mistakes on a few, but in general these tests have worked well.   The first, and most important, is a candidate’s likability factor. You can call it charisma …

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Democrats need to drop gerrymandering blame

Dec 01, 2022

SOUTH BEND – Democrats need to stop blaming a Republican gerrymander for loss of the congressional election in Indiana’s 2nd CD. Even if Democrats had drawn the new districts after the 2020 Census, there is no way the district that includes St. Joseph County could have been dawn to provide Democratic flavor for the 2022 …

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Dire health and surplus

Dec 01, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – In the television age of Hoosier politics there have been seismic reports that brought along middling change. The Indiana School Reorganization Act of 1959 reduced the number of school districts from 966 to 402, yet even today there are 53 school corporations with fewer than 1,000 students. In 2007 came the Kernan-Shepard Indiana …

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Kelly Hawes: Can Indiana Democrats escape cycle of defeat?

Nov 18, 2022

ANDERSON – You have to give Mike Schmuhl credit. Where some saw a devastating election defeat, Schmuhl, the chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, saw reason for hope.“Despite a difficult political environment,” he said in a news release, “Hoosier Democrats held their own against an onslaught of national dark money.”Schmuhl suggested the party was poised …

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Lee Hamilton: Why politicians run for office

Nov 18, 2022

BLOOMINGTON – If you followed this year’s elections, at some point the question probably occurred to you: Why do people do this? The endless campaign events, the constant scrutiny… and increasingly, the very real and alarming threat of political violence. What drives someone to put up with it all?I suspect that if you asked a …

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Michael Hicks: The timing of economic policy

Nov 18, 2022

MUNCIE – A reader recently suggested I write about the speed with which government policy can affect the economy. I’ve only lightly touched on this topic before, but it is both timely and interesting, and rich with theory and empirics.The best place to begin is with a timeless warning about the role of public policy …

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Morton Marcus: Hoosier Pollack and Indiana poverty

Nov 18, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS  – Officially there are 838,000 Hoosiers (13% of the population) below the federal poverty level. But that’s not close to the full story. It’s the poverty of opportunity and the poverty of thought in our state that also deserves attention.Poor quality of education, matched with poor expectations, results in a poverty of opportunity. The …

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Hawkins concedes in HD71; Recount for HD62

Dec 01, 2022

JEFFERSONVILLE – Jeffersonville Councilman Scott Hawkins has conceded to State Rep. Rita Fleming in HD71 (News & Tribune). “While I’m still unclear as to how the error occurred, I accept the results,” Hawkins said in the Facebook post. “We fought a long, tough campaign. I have literally [hundreds] of people to thank. It was an …

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Lining up for 2024 INGov, INSen races

Dec 01, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – One chilly December morning during his first term, Mitch Daniels conducted a round of year-end press interviews at the Governor’s Residence. Reporters gathered in a small, first floor office. Gov. Mitch Daniels meets with the press in the same Governor’s Residence room where Gov. Robert Orr offered him a U.S. Senate seat. (HPI …

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Horse Race: Hogsett, Mueller announce; Rep. Melton running in Gary; Hamilton to retire

Nov 16, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayoral races for 2023 are picking up steam. On Tuesday night, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced for a third term, while in South Bend, first-term Mayor James Mueller said he would seek reelection.On Wednesday, State Rep. Eddie Melton, who briefly ran for governor in 2019, announced he was seeking the Gary Democratic mayoral …

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HPI Analysis: Tracing Rex Early’s Trump support to his 1996 campaign for governor and his GOP chair

Nov 15, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – I learned that Rex Early existed in the grueling aftermath of the 1986 3rd CD recount in a race between U.S. Rep. John Hiler and Democrat Tom Ward. I was a reporter for the Elkhart Truth and he was the Republican member of the Indiana Recount Commission that included new Secretary of State Evan Bayh …

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Horse Race: Buttigieg rises to top of Iowa poll

Nov 14, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS  — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the top of the leaderboard in the third Monmouth University Poll of the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses. Buttigieg’s gains since the summer have been across the board, with increasing support coming …

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