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BECK: Democrats left big JJ dinner energized, unified

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.
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BECK: Committee might dent the sexual assault epidemic

I hope you will join me in observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is marked each April across our country.
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BECK: Get to know those the amendment would affect

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.
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BECK: Bipartisanship makes big things happen

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.
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BECK: New hope for early childhood education

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.
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BECK: Jobs, marriage amendment don't mix

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?
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BECK: Fascinated with Indiana's first ladies

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.
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BECK: New Democratic chairs will deliver

I’m optimistic about the future of Hoosier Democrats, particularly at the state level and in Marion County. Why, you ask?
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BECK: Let's talk reasonably about guns

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.
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BECK: The biggest and worst of the elections

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.
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