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EARLY: Majoring in the minors can be rewarding

January 5, 2013
Fifty years ago, the Marion County delegation to the Indiana House consisted of 12 men. Among them were Charles Bosma, Brian Bosma’s father; Jim Clark, Murray Clark’s father; and me.

EARLY: Sweeping up after a mixed election

December 1, 2012
Are you tired of hearing about politics and the election? Then shake hands with a brother Elk, because I, too, am glad it’s over.

EARLY: Donnelly running on high-pocrisy

November 3, 2012
It is only a few days until the election, and the Mourdock-Donnelly Senate race is still in limbo.

EARLY: We could have watered our lawns

September 29, 2012
Water is a valuable commodity. Wars have been fought over water rights. This summer’s drought certainly made people here in Indiana become water conscious. Geist and Morse reservoirs were both being tested before we finally got relief.

EARLY: Mourdock firmly in Jenner tradition

September 1, 2012
It’s nine weeks until the election, and Richard Mourdock from southern Indiana and Joe Donnelly from northwest Indiana are in a barn-burner race for the Senate seat. I am going to vote for Mourdock because I like his “tell it like it is” style, much like my all-time best Indiana senator, William Ezra Jenner.

EARLY: Don't confuse Donnelly as a switch-hitter

August 4, 2012
Mickey Mantle played baseball for the New York Yankees, where he hit 536 home runs. He was one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball.

EARLY: Leave the knife at home but bring the gun

June 30, 2012
Indiana Republicans sent a signal that we want someone to stand up and fight.

EARLY: The mole hill that's tripping many a politician

June 2, 2012
White didn’t understand that town council seats are more important than congressional seats.

EARLY: Pondering angles on the primary elections

May 5, 2012
Lugar’s ads have run Mourdock’s name ID off the chart.

EARLY: Reliably conservative Burton has served well

March 31, 2012
I have admired Burton because he has always done the little things.

EARLY: Vividly dreaming of a Daniels nomination

March 3, 2012
I saw senior citizens throw away their crutches and dance in the aisles.

EARLY: Some friendly advice to the Democrats

February 4, 2012
I realize it is late for a new team to enter the fray.

EARLY: Thanks, John, for the Japanese auto plants

January 7, 2012
Japan is now Indiana’s No. 1 international partner and a good friend.

EARLY: The council's long and winding agenda

December 10, 2011
I do not care what people do as long as they don’t do it in the street and scare the horses.

EARLY: This won't be a quiet General Assembly

November 12, 2011
Some of the newer members see 2012 as a great opportunity to pass some of their favorite legislation.

EARLY: What has to happen for Ballard to win

October 8, 2011
Ballard needs to get some of the vote from what I call the Si Greene’s Pub and Golden Ace Democrats.

EARLY: Why Perry should, and will, trounce Obama

September 10, 2011
Because of a fair regulatory climate, in the last two years there has been an influx of companies moving to Texas. In fact, in the last two years, approximately half of America’s new jobs are in Texas.

EARLY: Don't underestimate our National Guard

August 6, 2011
The Indiana Guard Ranger Company served intact in the Vietnam War and earned more medals in 1969 than any U.S. Army company in a one-year period.

EARLY: Loudly singing praises of education reform

July 9, 2011
Vince Lombardi would want Bennett and Daniels on his team. These two bold leaders refused to quit on our kids.

EARLY: Prognostications for the congressional races

June 11, 2011
The new 6th District will be a real Chinese fire drill. With Mike Pence running for governor, the battle for his seat will be on.

EARLY: Plenty of time, and prospects, for president

May 7, 2011
Come to think of it, I would vote for Charlie White, regardless where he is living, before I would vote for Obama.

EARLY: My fond memories of President Reagan

March 12, 2011
Soon-to-be President Reagan seemed to enjoy the fact that some of my uninvited pals from White River Yacht Club showed up on the river in two pontoon boats.

EARLY: Parties should go back to conventions

February 12, 2011
You can buy name ID (it’s expensive), but no one has figured out how to buy elected delegates.

EARLY: Either sing 'Kumbaya' or 'suck it up, cupcakes'

January 8, 2011
The real gift in the 2010 election is that the Republican landslide was nationwide and resulted in Republican majorities in legislatures all over the country. Why was this so important? It’s map-drawing time.

EARLY: Campaigns (for 2012) on the horizon

December 11, 2010
The old unwritten rule would have prohibited campaigning for a 2012 office in 2011. You can forget that rule; the reason is money.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.