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The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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A historian muses on the American character and the debt crisis

November 15, 2010
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Indiana University's James Madison is "marginally optimistic" Americans have the fortitude to tackle what could grow to become an emergency ranking with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.
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Prepare for a (good) schools arms race

November 11, 2010
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Imagine a future in which Indiana school districts bid up salaries for star teachers to $100,000 or more to develop a district specialty in a field like science or math, and cause students to excel.
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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Elections encourage an arch-conservative

November 3, 2010
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Bill Styring, whose long, wonkish career includes analyzing health reform for Mike Pence, cried last night.
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Privatized economic development still controversial

October 11, 2010
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Indiana's system collects mixed reviews as candidates for governor in other states criticize their public agencies.
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A private operator for Indy-Marion County library?

September 29, 2010
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A company that's taking over library systems draws fire from patrons and employees, but claims to cut costs.
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Should journalists contribute to politicians?

September 16, 2010
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A survey reveals Indiana newspaper execs chipping in to campaign war chests.
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Musings on a Daniels presidential bid

September 14, 2010
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Terms Daniels uses a lot—"statism" and "adult conversation"—could be revealing about his intentions.
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Lawyer: Raising money will get harder

September 13, 2010
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Noting banking reform already has limited the pool of investors for private placements, Jeremy Hill expects regulators to tighten restrictions even more.
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Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
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All nine Republicans—count 'em—have signed a pledge. What is that telling us?
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Bayh likely to run for governor, party official says

September 7, 2010
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Marion County Democratic chief Ed Treacy expects an announcement after the first of the year.
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Would Indy cops be better without Unigov?

August 31, 2010
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The local NAACP president tells an out-of-town newspaper that service has deteriorated under merged police and sheriff's departments.
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No judgment; just pay the extended use fee

August 25, 2010
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The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library no longer "fines" patrons for overdue books. Are you feeling better?
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Indiana bombs in rankings of 'new economy' states

August 25, 2010
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State has a dire future if Business Facilities' latest lists are any indication.
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How have state workers fared under performance pay? Good question.

August 13, 2010
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Inconsistencies make comparisons a heavy lift.
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U.S. effectively bankrupt, economist says

August 12, 2010
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Boston University’s Kotlikoff warns the U.S. is actually in worse shape than Greece.
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Notaries headed toward endangered list

July 30, 2010
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The number of notary publics, a group that proudly dates its services back a couple of thousand years or more, is in free fall.
 
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Is Baron Hill high and dry?

July 28, 2010
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The congressman was the only one from the Indiana delegation to vote for cap and trade. Now, with the Senate having gotten cold feet on the legislation, Hill might have been left to twist in the wind.
 
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Legislative showdown unavoidable?

July 26, 2010
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With just about all the meat gnawed off the bones, lawmakers might turn on each other in the upcoming General Assembly.
 
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Small banks botched public relations, outsider charges

July 23, 2010
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Bank reform wouldn’t have been so heavy-handed had small- and medium-sized banks gotten their act together, Mark Hills says.
 
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Momentum builds to delay Social Security

July 16, 2010
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Politicians are beginning to tepidly make the case to head off disaster.
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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Sue Shields' faves for state supreme court

July 8, 2010
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Legendary former judge would prefer that three women—and a man—go to Daniels for a final choice.
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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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