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SCHEELE: Forget about 2016, but 2020 might be a possibilityRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Ray Scheele / Special to IBJ
There’s an old saying that a week is a lifetime in politics. Between now and Election Day 2016, there are 200 weeks—and that many lifetimes. If Gov.-elect Mike Pence is to run for president in 2016, he must begin immediately.
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VARGUS: A long, steep climb makes the odds remote at bestRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
The rise of any politician seems to cause speculation about their future. Such has certainly been the case of Gov.-elect Mike Pence, even though his rise has been relatively slow.
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ODLE: Let’s be careful whom we call 'takers'Restricted Content

January 5, 2013
Mitt Romney’s comment about 47 percent of people being “takers”—those who generally live off the rest of the population’s efforts—reawakened me to a local version of this concept that creeps into our local discourse, that African-Americans in large numbers tend to live off the subsidies of others.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: 'Bus stigma' detailing mass transitRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
I moved to Indianapolis in the summer of 2005. Since then, I have learned to count on three things to occur each summer—a substantial number of die-hard Indianapolis Colts fans will still suffer from acute post-season withdrawal; mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds will nip at my ankles during my evening walk; and a massive, five-month road construction project (or two) will spring up somewhere on Interstate 465.
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MASSON: Allow cursive writing to fade awayRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
As I recall the story, the guys in my dad’s fraternity used to haze the pledges by cracking eggs, emptying them down the stairwell and making the new guys catch them in their mouths down at the bottom.
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SOUDER: The real education message sent by votersRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
Liberals, at least those aligned with the Indiana teachers’ union, have been creatively interpreting the victory of Glenda Ritz as a rejection of innovative education and a call to return to the old systems of exclusive trust in the educational establishment.
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MARCUS: A proposal to put young people to workRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Morton Marcus
The Rockefeller Foundation has called for ideas that address the nation’s youth unemployment situation. Here are mine:
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LEIGHTY: The Daniels era was truly impressiveRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Mitch Daniels has been the best thing to happen to the Hoosier state since Bobby Knight.
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SHELLA: Watching the parade from the front rowRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
"Is there any chance we can be there when you get the call?” I asked Dan Quayle on the morning he was chosen to be George Bush’s running mate.
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GARRISON: Man up for the sake of the childrenRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
Walk any street in Jerusalem or other Israeli city and you will immediately note the presence of lots of school-age kids. They’re dressed for school, often holding hands as they wind their way through busy streets to various field-trip-type excursions.
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EARLY: Majoring in the minors can be rewardingRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Fifty years ago, the Marion County delegation to the Indiana House consisted of 12 men. Among them were Charles Bosma, Brian Bosma’s father; Jim Clark, Murray Clark’s father; and me.
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GEIB: Daniels led powerfully from weak officeRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
George Geib / Special to IBJ
Mitch Daniels had 48 former governors as role models when he took his oath of office. Now we can decide how he stands among them.
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LONGWORTH: To a fault, Daniels focused on costsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Mitch Daniels will leave the governor’s mansion to a chorus of hurrahs from budget-balancers, conservative pundits and the Republican Party, which wishes—now even more than before—that he had run for president. But what can other Midwestern states learn from the Daniels era?
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WAGNER: Pence could learn from Daniels' styleRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Here are six words I never imagined stringing together: I’m going to miss Mitch Daniels.
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TORR: Existing laws are sufficient to weed out fraudulent claimsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Jerry Torr / Special to IBJ
Anytime a government program makes tax dollars available to certain individuals, unfortunately, a few will look to game the system.
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NIEZGODSKI: Hoosiers would be nuts to game this paltry systemRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
David Niezgodski / Special to IBJ
Consider for a moment what it’s like to be on unemployment in Indiana.
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STYRING: Forecasting the next General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Battle lines for the next General Assembly are evident already.
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MAHERN: Ballard turning competition on its headRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
While the Republican brand in some quarters may be a bit tarnished these days, there is no doubting what it represents—the idea that we should have smaller government at all levels, and that government should stay out of our personal lives at least so far as taxation and guns are concerned.
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VANE: Ballard quietly restored City MarketRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Legacy can be a tricky word. Most leaders are interested in the legacy they will leave when their term ends or they step down from running an organization or entity; others, you could say, probably border on obsessed. Politicians, my reading of history has educated me, fall mostly into the obsessed category.
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TAFT: Restore City Hall to its rightful placeRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
Just north of the revived City Market, along the Alabama Street stretch of the Cultural Trail, stands a vacant landmark that has resisted redevelopment for almost a decade—the old City Hall.
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KRULL: The war against marijuana isn't workingRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Indiana seems to be experiencing a fresh outbreak of reefer madness.
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FARGO: Mildly agnostic about finishing I-69Restricted Content

December 15, 2012
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
When Interstate 64 came to my hometown, I was too young to appreciate what an amazing engineering feat it was. To me, the construction zone was a wonderland of big trucks and other exotic-looking equipment.
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MYERS: Children need moms and dads at homeRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Single-parent families are at a significant economic disadvantage, and more black children in Indiana (42 percent) are living in poverty than are nationally (36 percent).
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BECK: The biggest and worst of the electionsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
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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BONIFIELD: Protect Ritz's heartening voter mandateRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
By all accounts, Glenda Ritz has a daunting challenge as the next superintendent of public instruction. Across a state that has been at the forefront of the so-called education reform movement, recent legislation has incensed and motivated teachers in profound ways.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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