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SHELLA: Pence still keeping options wide open for 2016

May 17, 2014
Take a second, please, to think back to the evening of May 2. It was just a couple of weeks ago, a Saturday, and, just possibly, a day worth remembering.

SHELLA: Alternatives to Statehouse press corps fall short

March 15, 2014
An old friend was in the Statehouse the other day for the first time in a long time. He’s a guy who worked in the media, then in state government, and now in public relations. He knows his way around the building.

SHELLA: Stars might align for old deals to happen

January 18, 2014
Dwayne Sawyer just set a new world record for quickest rise and fall of an Indiana statewide elected official. His tenure as auditor fell just short of four months.

SHELLA: Youth vote might negate marriage polls

November 2, 2013
Twenty-fourteen will be a year of love and politics in Indiana.

SHELLA: Bennett's emotions got the best of him

August 31, 2013
It was a warm, sunny Monday in November when John McCain came to the Indianapolis airport seeking to pull out an Indiana win in the 2008 race for presidency. It was the day before Election Day. Confident Hoosier Republicans were thrilled about the first real campaign rally in this state by that year’s GOP nominee.

SHELLA: Override could have been avoided

June 29, 2013
General Assembly, 1; Mike Pence, 0. That’s how the scorecard reads from the recent one-day meeting of the Legislature.

SHELLA: Bombings leave us with new realities

May 4, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombing is a tragedy that hit close to home. It will continue to hit close to home.

SHELLA: Nonvoters are real Hoosier citizens, too

March 2, 2013
Do the politicians care what nonvoters think? House Speaker Brian Bosma recently took issue with the WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey because, he said, it wasn’t a voter poll. When challenged, he said that he cares what everybody thinks, but the message he delivered was that the opinions of voters matter more than those of adults who don’t get to the polls.

SHELLA: Watching the parade from the front row

January 5, 2013
"Is there any chance we can be there when you get the call?” I asked Dan Quayle on the morning he was chosen to be George Bush’s running mate.

SHELLA: Political lessons learned, and relearned

December 1, 2012
Ten takeaways from a memorable November election in Indiana:

SHELLA: A kitchen where the heat is turned down

November 3, 2012
All of a sudden, when I check out news stories on the Internet, a negative political ad pops up and I can’t make it go away. That is, unless I want the news story to go away, too.

SHELLA: Lugar plots next chapter in storied career

September 29, 2012
Richard Lugar is leaving the Senate, yet the Republican who lost the May primary election to Richard Mourdock still intends to continue some of the work that defined his life as a lawmaker. Lugar spelled out his plans for the first time in a recent speech to the Contemporary Club of Indianapolis at a dinner staged to honor his more than four decades of service as school board member, mayor and six-term U.S. senator.

SHELLA: Voters are pretty good at limiting terms

September 1, 2012
Mitch Daniels is leaving office because of a term limit. As he departs at the end of his second four-year hitch, a recent independent poll placed the Daniels approval rating at 66 percent, showing a large majority of voters still approve of the job he’s doing.

SHELLA: Why the Democrats ousted Pat Bauer

August 4, 2012
He lost the majority in 2010 and staged two failed walkouts in 2011 and 2012. That was part of it.

SHELLA: Twitter now imperative for political junkies

June 30, 2012
Twitter provides a play-by-play of every meaningful political event.

SHELLA: Pence next up to answer residency questions

May 5, 2012
That means they sleep, eat, work and attend school in Arlington. Their hearts are in Indiana.

SHELLA: No truce at the Statehouse over social issues

March 31, 2012
Long knows that, in order to keep his leadership post, he has to give in to a number of conservative demands.

SHELLA: Clearly, Dick Lugar is no Charlie White

March 3, 2012
There has been a lot of disinformation and misinformation in Indiana politics of late with regard to the residency issue.

SHELLA: Free speech on display at the Legislature

February 4, 2012
All of this union-backed expression is in response to the right-to-work bill.

SHELLA: Democrats will reorganize — eventually

January 7, 2012
They are wasting their ammunition on each other.

SHELLA: Indiana Legislature likely to deliver the unexpected

December 17, 2011
If you want to know what really matters in the upcoming legislative session it’s likely impossible to find out now.

SHELLA: Will this be Ballard's last term as mayor?

December 10, 2011
Look for the Democrats to field a stronger candidate in 2015.

SHELLA: Mourdock vs. Lugar isn't about Mourdock

November 12, 2011
When the Tea Party Express sent representatives from Georgia and California to endorse Mourdock, they couldn't answer a simple question about why they support the challenger.

SHELLA: Twenty years of 'Indiana Week in Review'

October 8, 2011
There is a community that has grown up around the show, Republicans and Democrats who have new respect for one another, journalists who view politicians in more humane ways, and politicos who better understand journalists’ motives based on what is said both on the air and off.
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