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What ails Jill?

September 5, 2008
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If any governor were vulnerable to a strong challenge in a re-election campaign, it should have been Mitch Daniels, who has made a lot of Hoosiers mad by pushing daylight saving time, leasing the Indiana Toll Road and in general...
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Sarah Palin's influence on Indiana

September 4, 2008
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Sarah Palin won rave reviews for her speech last night at the Republican National Convention, as did Barack Obama when he closed the Democratic convention last week. This morning, the Associated Press quoted Democratic Party leaders in Indiana as saying Palin...
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Less zing in Daniels' second term?

September 2, 2008
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Mitch Daniels ran for governor four years ago promising to shake things up, and it would be hard to argue that he hasnâ??t followed through. Daylight saving time passed. Cigarette taxes were raised to fund health insurance. Property taxes were reformed. What...
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Susan Bayh as a political liability

August 19, 2008
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Barack Obama is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and Evan Bayhâ??s name is still thought to be on the short list. The Indiana senator is viewed as a moderate who would counter Obamaâ??s liberal voting...
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Schellinger looks back

July 24, 2008
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The Democratic primary race between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and winner Barack Obama attracted so much attention that the Indiana governorâ??s race got short shrift â?? and the governorâ??s race still isnâ??t getting the respect it deserves. Thatâ??s how Jim Schellinger...
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Base closings and health care

June 30, 2008
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Weâ??ve reached the season when companies start lining up employee health care coverage for the following year. Like prior years, companies will complain about skyrocketing costs and workers will complain about getting fewer benefits. Study after study suggests both parties will...
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Raise the cigarette tax again?

June 5, 2008
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Health advocates beamed with a â??told-you-soâ?? response this week when state officials announced that cigarette sales dropped dramatically after taxes were raised last July. Sales fell nearly 18 percent, apparently a direct result of boosting the tax 44 cents to a...
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Economy jitters won't go away

May 7, 2008
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Exit polls yesterday showed Hoosiers voted their pocketbooks. Theyâ??re worried about the economy. That has a familiar ring. Many voters made a similar point four years ago when Gov. Mitch Daniels beat Gov. Joe Kernan by promising to improve the economy. Now,...
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The big day is here

May 6, 2008
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Weâ??ve experienced, or maybe endured, one of most intense campaign seasons in memory here in Indiana. Perhaps you were one of the people who pollsters and news organization kept saying would turn this primary election, the undecideds. If you voted in the...
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Rejecting Obama's home state?

April 28, 2008
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown suggested over the weekend that Barack Obama might fare better with Indiana voters if Obama werenâ??t from Illinois. Indiana folks think of Illinois â??as the land of hoods and thugs,â?? Brown said. Illinois people...
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Debating the toll road lease

April 16, 2008
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As expected, Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson are making Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? lease of the Indiana Toll Road an issue in their campaign for the Democratic nomination to face him in November. Both Democratic candidates have said they oppose his...
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Is Obama an 'elitist?'

April 14, 2008
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Barack Obamaâ??s poll numbers are in freefall in Pennsylvania following his comments about â??bitterâ?? small-town folks turning to guns and religion to cope with losing manufacturing jobs. A poll in that state conducted late last week and Sunday� shows him down 20...
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Thompson's plan for poor counties

April 10, 2008
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One piece of Jill Long Thompsonâ??s economic development platform calls for the stateâ??s offering greater incentives in counties with lower incomes and other measures of well-being. Under her tier system, the less affluent the county, the greater the incentives available to...
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Clinton and Obama on NAFTA

March 21, 2008
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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama suggested to voters before the Ohio primary election early this month that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be renegotiated because Rust Belt workers are getting a raw deal. The extent to which Clinton and...
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Tax legislation to become law

March 18, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels is set to sign the property tax legislation tomorrow. Daniels got most of what he proposed last fall. Homeowners get a tax cut, future bills will be capped and the sales tax rises to compensate. Are you happy with...
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Obama coming to town

March 12, 2008
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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is dropping in on Indianapolis this Saturday for a campaign stop. Will Obama or Hillary do better in Indiana?
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Is Thompson right on jobs?

March 6, 2008
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Earlier this week, Jill Long Thompson, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? approach to economic development has focused on individual companies to the detriment of big-picture policy changes that could improve the...
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Daylight-saving time angst

February 27, 2008
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The debate over daylight-saving time never seems to end. University of California-Santa Barbara economists have studied Duke Energy Corp. electricity bills and found that Indianaâ??s switch to daylight-saving time in 2006 cost Duke households $8.6 million extra. Duke operates in the...
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Buckley and Hoosier conservatism

February 27, 2008
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William F. Buckley, who died yesterday at age 82, was an intellectual lion who played a key role in pushing conservatism to national prominence, and he left tracks in Indiana along the way.More

Oppose Daniels, oppose change?

February 26, 2008
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A new statewide poll shows a high correlation between registered voters who intend to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and incumbent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. Obama and Daniels are almost polar opposites philosophically, so what gives? Mostly...
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Ranking Indianapolis' best mayor

January 30, 2008
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Former Indianapolis mayors have a way of staying in the news. Richard Lugar has climbed to the top echelons of the U.S. Senate. Bill Hudnut is quoted regularly from his position at the Urban Land Institute, a Washington, D.C., not-for-profit that...
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Blame Daniels for the economy?

January 23, 2008
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At this point four years ago, now-Gov. Mitch Daniels had started outlining a platform based on revitalizing the economy. The economy had been headed south since the â??70s and had taken another beating early in the decade. Voters were only too...
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Supremes appear to back voter law

January 9, 2008
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Questions posed by U.S. Supreme Court justices today suggest they might be reluctant to overturn Indianaâ??s voter ID law. Reports from the proceedings quote Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote on the court, as asking why the court should be...
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Feeling left out of the process?

January 4, 2008
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The Iowa caucuses are over and the New Hampshire primary isnâ??t far away. Indianaâ??s primary arrives May 6, long after a string of states could easily make ours all but irrelevant. How do you feel about having little, if any voice...
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Checking for illegal immigrants

January 3, 2008
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The clash over illegal immigration under way in other states may well show up in the General Assembly this year. State chamber lobbyist George Raymond expects at least one bill to materialize, and he thinks the chances of passage are pretty...
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