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HOWEY: Unchastened Chocola soldiers onRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
One thing is clear in the troubling weeks following the loss of a Republican U.S. Senate seat in Indiana: Chris Chocola will not give up easily in his quest for ideological purity.
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MUTZ: Arcane rules will haunt the new CongressRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The priority for Congress as it convenes in a lame-duck session is to reach an agreement that averts a fiscal crisis. To accomplish that goal, it may also be necessary to agree on major changes to three arcane procedures that govern the House and Senate.
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SHELLA: Political lessons learned, and relearnedRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Ten takeaways from a memorable November election in Indiana:
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MASSON: Marriage amendment is short-sightedRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
Thomas Jefferson said, “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
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BOEHM: Judicial elections need lawmaker actionRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Marion County’s trial judges are selected by a process used nowhere else in the state, and, as far as I know, nowhere on this planet. In the May primary elections, the two major parties each nominate only half the number of judges that will be elected in the general election.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Lessons from the War on PovertyRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
America has come so far, having elected a black president to a second term, mainly by women, young and non-whites. Yet, I hear all too often that Indiana companies cannot find qualified African-American workers.
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LEIGHTY: A way forward for the Republican PartyRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Hilary Leighty / Special to IBJ
The Republican Party needs a makeover. After the devastating losses suffered Nov. 6, pundits and politicos alike are asking one question: What will become of the party? As a 21-year-old who will be voting for many years to come, I think the party must make major changes to remain relevant and attract votes of future generations.
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GARRISON: Turning the cover on the constitutionRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
The last few weeks have been interesting; for all the hyperbole surrounding the presidential election, some 3 million fewer votes were cast for the president than in 2008. Go figure. As a snapshot of what that means, John McCain got 2 million more votes than Mitt Romney this year, while the president garnered 3 million fewer. In the end, the margin was about 2.5 million votes.
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SOUDER: In Indiana, nice guys finish firstRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
If you are running for a statewide office in Indiana, what matters most: likability or substantive issues?
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SULLIVAN: Next for education reform: compromiseRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Mary Ann Sullivan / Special to IBJ
Some have declared the outcome of the state superintendent’s race to be a wholesale rejection of recent changes to public education in our state. Such a pronouncement is an oversimplification at best.
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DAVIS: Voices of moderation, speak upRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
Across the country on Election Day sprang voices and signs of social acceptance from young people, gay people, women, immigrants of many decades and people with disabilities. America has changed, and will continue to. Americans are seeing the relationship between equal opportunity and economic opportunity.
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EARLY: Sweeping up after a mixed electionRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Are you tired of hearing about politics and the election? Then shake hands with a brother Elk, because I, too, am glad it’s over.
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BOHANON: Well, how 'bout them Libertarians!Restricted Content

December 1, 2012
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
After an election, it is just good manners to congratulate the winners and offer condolences to the losers. We wish the winners well and hope they succeed in the tough business of crafting and implementing good public policy. We thank those who did not win for giving their time and energy offering an alternative.
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VAUGHN: Super PACs still threaten democracyRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Forget red states versus blue states. The color best representative of the 2012 election is green, as in greenbacks. The election was not only the most expensive in our nation’s history at $6 billion spent, but it also shattered the record by more than $700 million. More than 1,000 Super PACs were formed and they spent at least $970 million, much of it on negative television ads and direct mail.
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ODLE: Stop letting our young athletes dieRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
A number of high-profile deaths over the past 15 years have increased awareness of sudden cardiac death in the national sports community and public at large, but also here on home turf.
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BONIFIELD: Blowout holds lessons for DemocratsRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
As the dust settles on the 2012 elections, new oaths of office will be accompanied by post-mortems by partisans on both sides of the aisle.
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FARGO: Ads breed cynicism in young peopleRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
The election is over, but there are still some unanswered questions as we clean up the toxic debris from the campaigns and get back to focusing on other things.
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WAGNER: Political ads filtered by a 4-year-oldRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
We don’t watch a lot of television in our house, but when it’s on, it’s almost always tuned to a news station or show.
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LANANE: Target small business, Main Street, training, health careRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Tim Lanane / Special to IBJ
Our state is in a challenging time, with unemployment hovering above 8 percent and many Hoosiers hopeful that better days are on the horizon. The Indiana Senate Democrats’ 2013 legislative proposals and budget priorities will reflect the principles of rebuilding our economy, schools and local communities.
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LONG: Budget, education, criminal sentencing top agendaRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
David Long / Special to IBJ
As the smoke clears from the election season, Hoosiers have turned their attention back to the Statehouse. The newly elected members of the General Assembly have a long to-do list. Passing a balanced budget, examining education reforms and updating our criminal sentencing structure are just a few.
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MUTZ: More campaign disclosure necessaryRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
Who made a campaign contribution and for how much should be public information before the election. Two court rulings since 2010 and creation of several finance vehicles have complicated and confused the situation.
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BECK: Republicans received no mandatesRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
A super-majority doesn’t necessarily mean good government.
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VANE: All in all, state Republicans won bigRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
I simply can’t imagine that there’s been a more interesting era of politics in the Hoosier State than the one in which we are living.
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SWAYZE: Turbo government here for businessRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
Now that Indiana is right-to-work, voters have given Gov.-elect Mike Pence a legislative escort through his Roadmap for Indiana. Super-majorities in the House and Senate will help him build on Gov. Daniels’ success to make Indiana a state that works.
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KRULL: Voters spoke, but is the GOP listening?Restricted Content

November 17, 2012
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Oh, what strange things partisanship and ideology can be. The day after the votes had been counted in the 2012 election, Republican leaders new and old in state government declared that nothing—not even a pesky upset—was going to stop them from implementing their education agenda.
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