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MADISON: Lamenting the young politicos missing in action

May 17, 2014
There have been times young Hoosiers flooded into the political arena. Indiana’s first territorial governor, William Henry Harrison, was in his late 20s when he assumed office. Jonathan Jennings just turned 30 when he became the first state governor.

MADISON: Hoosiers, the American Dream, and 'jest a bein' rich'

March 15, 2014
Indiana was for a century and a half the heartland of the American Dream. Pioneers bought land cheaply, built log cabins, grew corn, and soon acquired iron stoves and store-bought clothing.

MADISON: Statehouse religion isn't trending well

January 18, 2014
I’ve been listing to the Swan Silverstones. “Don’t blame it on the children,” this gospel group sings, which got me thinking about who’s to blame for the failure to regulate all our state’s child care facilities.

MADISON: Getting on the right side of history

November 2, 2013
We sometimes hear the advice to “get on the right side of history.”

MADISON: Leaders, pundits and reading books

August 31, 2013
Which of our leaders ever talks with us about a good book she or he has recently read?

MADISON: A depressing tale of two Indianas

June 29, 2013
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It’s a tale of two Indianas—one rich, one poor.

MADISON: Good leaders, swine mix at Statehouse

May 4, 2013
“We are governed by swine,” Meredith Nicholson lamented.

MADISON: Tax-cut promises make cheap politics

March 2, 2013
Promising to cut taxes is not political leadership. It’s cheap and easy.

MADISON: Revolutionary change and the Indiana way

January 21, 2012
Are there Hoosiers still waiting for 1950s-type manufacturing jobs or another Milan miracle?
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....