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BECK: Democrats left big JJ dinner energized, unified

June 13, 2014
One of my favorite parts of serving former first lady Maggie Kernan involved county Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners. Call me crazy, but I enjoyed countless evenings at JJ dinners, whether it was fried chicken in Parke County or a standing-room-only crowd in Starke County.

BECK: Committee might dent the sexual assault epidemic

April 19, 2014
I hope you will join me in observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is marked each April across our country.

BECK: Get to know those the amendment would affect

February 15, 2014
Since the General Assembly convened in January, it seems that nearly everyone I’ve talked to has an opinion on House Joint Resolution 3, the divisive constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a woman and a man.

BECK: Bipartisanship makes big things happen

November 30, 2013
Sid and Lois Eskenazi Hospital recently opened downtown to justifiable fanfare. The state-of-the-art campus is the city’s only public hospital. Formerly known as Wishard Hospital, Eskenazi Health has long served some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

BECK: New hope for early childhood education

October 5, 2013
My son started kindergarten in August. Within a few days, it became apparent that his kindergarten experience is significantly different from that of his parents. Homework every night. Reading that must be logged and initialed. High expectations for reading, math, technology and the arts.

BECK: Jobs, marriage amendment don't mix

August 3, 2013
The morning the news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, people across the country did a double-take. Was it possible that the members of the highest court in the land rendered one of the greatest wedge issues of our time obsolete?

BECK: Fascinated with Indiana's first ladies

June 1, 2013
It’s hard not to miss first lady Karen Pence these days. From reading to kindergartners to supporting the arts to visiting schools in Fort Wayne, she’s everywhere.

BECK: New Democratic chairs will deliver

March 30, 2013
I’m optimistic about the future of Hoosier Democrats, particularly at the state level and in Marion County. Why, you ask?

BECK: Let's talk reasonably about guns

February 2, 2013
I didn’t want to write about guns. The subject is fraught with complications. If I thought the political commentary on Facebook was extreme during the election, it became downright ludicrous following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

BECK: The biggest and worst of the elections

December 15, 2012
For the political among us, 2012 was solely focused on the election. From the early days in January with the Iowa caucuses to the ongoing transitions at the state and federal levels, the year was packed with action.

BECK: Republicans received no mandates

November 17, 2012
A super-majority doesn’t necessarily mean good government.

BECK: Reasons why debates still matter

October 13, 2012
In the days leading up to the election, there are countless opportunities to learn about the candidates who are running for elected office. With Election Day just weeks away, chances are you are getting bombarded by campaign paraphernalia in the mailbox, on television and radio, the Internet and in your neighbor’s front yard.

BECK: Still lagging on early childhood education

August 18, 2012
When Melina Kennedy ran for mayor of Indianapolis last year, childhood education was a cornerstone of her campaign. The issue caught the attention of parents, employers, educators and the media, and Kennedy made a compelling case for investing in our community’s human capital.

BECK: The case for domestic partner benefits

July 14, 2012
We often hear that government should be run more like business.
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