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MEREDITH: Academic and career skills prepare students for life

September 29, 2012
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
I stopped into a local discount store on a stormy night this month and purchased items totaling less than $40. Lightning had struck the store and registers were not working. The manager gave clerks calculators and instructed them on how to track purchases.
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DAVIS: Building momentum on the near-east sideRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis Public Schools and the community centers and ministries of the near-east side came together to apply for a Promise Neighborhood grant—committing to organize supports for students and families around schools in order to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children.
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STYRING: Carmel no longer can afford BrainardRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Four-term Carmel Mayor James Brainard has to be on a publicity-induced high. Keystone Parkway recently got a design award from a national transit engineering firm. Better still, Money named Carmel first on its list of America’s best small cities.
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HOWEY: Mourdock not sounding like old selfRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
With every public survey since the May primary repeatedly showing Republican U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock in a dead heat with Democrat Joe Donnelly, the Indiana treasurer has taken on a remake of his battered image.
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RIVERA: Critical to send Mourdock to the SenateRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Angel Rivera
I find it awkwardly self-serving when a candidate for public office tells me the next election—when he or she is on the ballot—is the most important election of my lifetime. This happens at least once every election cycle.
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FLEMING: Antiquated criminal code needs sweeping updateRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Kay Fleming / Special to IBJ
The piece of legislation I believe is most critical is a comprehensive revision of Indiana’s criminal code. The last comprehensive revision of the code occurred in 1977. Although there have been some legislative changes since then, our criminal code is terribly outdated.
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ZOELLER: Protecting children from abuse will be biggest priorityRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
As attorney general, and in my prior position as chief deputy in this office, I understand and appreciate the relationship between the Office of the Attorney General and the General Assembly. Indiana is one of only six states where the office is created by the Legislature and not by the state constitution.
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FARGO: More questions for Gregg and PenceRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
The Indiana Coalition for Open Government was putting together such a list for the gubernatorial candidates as I wrote this column. While I played a small role in that effort, I would also like to ask a few questions of Mike Pence and John Gregg that are not on the list:
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SWAYZE: Where the real war on women ragesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
War on women? The only one I see is the plight of the single mother suffering from broken commitments, her own poor choices, and an overwhelmed system poorly designed to serve her and her children.
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BECK: Rallying women to the voting boothRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
When women vote, women win. That’s the mantra the 51% Club has adopted in an effort to encourage women to vote this election cycle. An organic, grass-roots movement of Democratic women throughout Indiana, the 51% Club has repeatedly shared some startling statistics.
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KRULL: Daniels, Pence may watch wistfullyRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Now that the national political conventions have come and gone and the presidential campaign season is about to reach top gear, at least two Hoosiers have to be watching with mixed emotions.
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MYERS: Hoping conventions never go out of styleRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
For an actor, actress or movie buff, it is the Academy Awards. For a basketball player and fan, it is March Madness or the NBA Finals. For the swimmer, gymnast, or distance runner and those of us who admire their talents, it is the Olympics.
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TAFT: Why I didn't watch the conventionsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
I admit it. Even though I was a political science minor in college, I did not watch one minute of the Republican or Democratic national conventions. But I am not alone. In some very informal polling, I have learned that lots of engaged local leaders also skipped these television events.
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VANE: A grand time at the GOP conventionRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Going to a convention really is a “bucket list” item for those of us who find politics so compelling. I can only imagine what the conventions were like a hundred years ago—much less scripted and scrutinized I’m sure—but there was such tremendous optimism and energy in Tampa last month.
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MAHERN: Cut unnecessary hassle of college loansRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Earlier this year, U.S. student loan debt achieved a milestone. It surpassed outstanding credit card debt. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student debt is rising when other debt is flat or even falling. Fifteen percent of all Americans with a credit score are carrying student debt.
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MUTZ: Star can survive media market chaosRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
Once upon a time, three daily newspapers operated in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Times, a Scripps-Howard paper, was first to stop its presses, in 1965, a victim of competition and the advent of aggressive electronic news sources.
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BONIFIELD: Toward sober laws on alcohol salesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
Football season is here, bringing with it swelled TV audiences, increased tax revenue for Indianapolis, filled seats in Lucas Oil Stadium, and frustrated fans across the state. For many, their frustration will likely catch them by surprise and have nothing to do with Andrew Luck’s accuracy or holes in the Indianapolis Colts defense.
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HARRIS: Daniels has historic chance to transform teacher training

September 1, 2012
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Gov. Daniels will have a momentous opportunity to make Purdue’s College of Education a national model for teacher preparation.
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ODLE: Attack the scourge of abandoned housesRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
The announcement of a potential Super Bowl bid for 2018 is creating a buzz, reminding us that Indianapolis and central Indiana are now on the national, even international, stage in many ways.
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DONNELLY: Teamwork, pragmatic leadership needed in WashingtonRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Joe Donnelly / Special to IBJ
When my kids were growing up, I coached their baseball and basketball teams. Like all coaches, I preached teamwork as one of the key fundamentals that would make us successful.
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VAUGHN: Pence plays games with the uninsuredRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act, it threw a curveball to politicians like Gov. Daniels and Mike Pence, who were counting on the court killing the implementation of national health reform.
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EARLY: Mourdock firmly in Jenner traditionRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
It’s nine weeks until the election, and Richard Mourdock from southern Indiana and Joe Donnelly from northwest Indiana are in a barn-burner race for the Senate seat. I am going to vote for Mourdock because I like his “tell it like it is” style, much like my all-time best Indiana senator, William Ezra Jenner.
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SOUDER: Mourdock will win easier than you thinkRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
Among news people in Indiana there is an excited buzz: Mourdock may be in trouble in his Senate race against Donnelly. Indiana Democrats were swamped in the 2010 elections.
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DAVIS: Daniels stood on Democratic shouldersRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
It’s getting close to election time. I find many voters are feeling a depressed malaise. When we feel that way, it’s hard to imagine regaining the energetic confidence we could have, and that we need to succeed.
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KETZENBERGER: How newspapers shot their own feetRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Mr. Chapman lived across the street from my elementary school, in a ramshackle house behind the candy store. I’d seen him around, but never met him until I started to deliver the Auburn Evening Star along 15th Street.
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