Politics Blog Posts

Prepare for a (good) schools arms race

November 11, 2010
Comments(8)
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.
More

Elections encourage an arch-conservative

November 3, 2010
Comments(2)
Bill Styring, whose long, wonkish career includes analyzing health reform for Mike Pence, cried last night.
More

Should journalists contribute to politicians?

September 16, 2010
Comments(4)
A survey reveals Indiana newspaper execs chipping in to campaign war chests.
More

Musings on a Daniels presidential bid

September 14, 2010
Comments(9)
Terms Daniels uses a lot—"statism" and "adult conversation"—could be revealing about his intentions.
More

Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
Comments(6)
All nine Republicans—count 'em—have signed a pledge. What is that telling us?
More

Bayh likely to run for governor, party official says

September 7, 2010
Comments(14)
Marion County Democratic chief Ed Treacy expects an announcement after the first of the year.
More

Is Baron Hill high and dry?

July 28, 2010
Comments(5)
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.
 
More

Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
Comments(5)
The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
More

Assessing Daniels' record on the environment

April 26, 2010
Comments(4)
A leading Hoosier environmentalist thinks the governor isn’t living up to his conservative reputation.
More

Are teachers unions the new UAW?

April 15, 2010
Comments(18)
The Indiana State Teachers Association might shoot itself in the foot in its standoff with the state’s school chief.
More

Assessing George W. Bush's presidency

April 13, 2010
Comments(14)
Bush will be among friends when he speaks in Indianapolis on Thursday. But how will history treat his term in office?
More

Is Indiana northern or southern?

April 7, 2010
Comments(36)
Many Hoosiers would recoil at the Confederate History Month declaration by Virginia’s new governor. Others, though, might not, and the reaction would likely depend on where in Indiana the reaction came from.
More

City Securities chief likes Tea Party

March 30, 2010
Comments(10)
You know times have changed when the head of Indianapolis’ main investment bank can identify with the Tea Party movement.
More

What's next for guns at work

March 19, 2010
Comments(5)
Beginning July 1, employees will be able to bring guns to work. A labor lawyer says employers will need to get creative.
More

The local impact of gendercide

March 8, 2010
Comments(2)
Baby girls are being aborted at higher and higher rates around the world. Does that affect how you do business in countries where this form of gendercide is prevalent?
 
More

Angry at Indiana politicians

March 5, 2010
Comments(13)
An observer says Hoosiers are really honked at incumbents. Except for Daniels.
More

Local government reform still sputtering

March 4, 2010
Comments(0)
The second legislative session since the Kernan-Shepard report on local government reform is about to end. Joe Kernan and Randall Shepard can still say, “We’ve got to stop governing like this.”
 
More

A Daniels presidential strategy

February 26, 2010
Comments(0)
Attorney, lobbyist and long-time Republican fundraiser John Hammond thinks Daniels should go to cognoscenti before early states and tea parties.
More

Pondering an Evan Bayh redux

February 22, 2010
Comments(9)
Some observers think Bayh will run for governor again to springboard to the presidency. But to stand out to national, and possibly even Hoosier, voters, he might be forced outside his cautious comfort zone.
More

Cultural Trail pork?

February 18, 2010
Comments(17)
The finished trail will be great. But the federal government is on a trajectory toward fiscal oblivion.
More

Puzzling over why Evan Bayh waited until the last minute to retire

February 15, 2010
Comments(10)
Bayh might have been sly as a fox by waiting to the last minute to announce he's leaving the Senate.
More

Gun bills on fast track

February 11, 2010
Comments(9)
Want to leave a gun in your car at work? Your employer's policy may become irrelevant.
More

Indiana and climate change

January 22, 2010
Comments(5)
A report by an influential Republican pollster could send a disruptive ripple through Indiana.
More

Comparing Coakley, Bayh

January 20, 2010
Comments(19)
Evan Bayh is no Martha Coakley. But on the outside chance Bayh could be beat in this year's senate race, an opponent might do best to paint him as an elitist.
More

Indianapolis resentment

January 18, 2010
Comments(2)
Jealousy toward Indianapolis in the Statehouse shows no sign of letting up, one legislator says.
More

Page  1 2 3 4 >> pager
ADVERTISEMENT
Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

ADVERTISEMENT