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BECK: Reasons why debates still matterRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
In the days leading up to the election, there are countless opportunities to learn about the candidates who are running for elected office. With Election Day just weeks away, chances are you are getting bombarded by campaign paraphernalia in the mailbox, on television and radio, the Internet and in your neighbor’s front yard.
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FARGO: Too many politicians dodge the publicRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
In Monroe County, the League of Women Voters has been having trouble with its candidate forums for local and state races. Some of the candidates refuse to take part.
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WAGNER: Why the undecideds seem indecisiveRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
I’ll bet you’re not an undecided voter. How do I know? Because you’re reading this opinion piece in this political publication that resides within a larger publication that’s focused on a narrow set of issues. In other words, you’re engaged.
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BONIFIELD: Mourdock's bent is too hot for SenateRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
I miss Richard Mourdock. His goofy smile, his bizarre antics, his brand of angry patriotism—all have been notably absent over the past month.
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KRULL: New GOP strategy won't help MourdockRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
John Krull / Special to IBJ
For the past few days, Indiana Republicans have pounded away at a new message in their fight to hold onto the U.S. Senate seat that’s up for grabs this fall.
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MUTZ: Change won't come without realignmentRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
With the political landscape littered with failed attempts to end impasse and frustrated citizens worried about the need for change, many voters are saying they intend to vote for the man, not the party. Apparently they think this approach will get results.
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MAHERN: School boards should stop butting outRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
After reams of newsprint and a bazillion 1’s and 0’s on the Internet bemoaning the state of public education in general and Indianapolis Public Schools in particular, you finally get your chance to weigh in.
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VANE: Pence is the substance candidateRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
If there is a word to describe the 2012 gubernatorial race, I would have to choose “curious.”
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RIVERA: Others should follow Hoosier leadershipRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Angel Rivera
When good men and women fail to lead, problems get worse. This has happened for too long, and now we need concrete proposals from our candidates for state and federal offices that address the crises that threaten our republic.
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SWAYZE: The real 'war' is now about abortionRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
The slogan “war on women” has gained traction in the election, but it is an old notion and a war that’s already been won.
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TAFT: An excellent adventure in PortlandiaRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
I am sitting on a plane with 90 representatives of Indianapolis returning from a leadership exchange to Portland, Ore., trying to puzzle out what we can learn from a city that is so different from our hometown. Portland is similar in size and has a blue-collar history like Indianapolis, but it followed a very different path the past 30 years.
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MYERS: Monitoring health with an iPhoneRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
I did not wait in line to get my new iPhone 5; I ordered it online and it arrived exactly when they said it would. The battery was charged when I got it out of the package, and it took all of about 10 minutes to transfer (using the “cloud”) all of the stuff from my antiquated iPhone 3GS.
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VAUGHN: Stop the campaign money shell gameRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
While it is easy to see the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, since corporate-sponsored political ads have dominated our airwaves for months, it is much more difficult for voters to determine exactly who is paying for these ads.
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BOHANON: Rating the candidates for governorRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
The outgoing Daniels administration takes great pride in its fiscal probity and not without justification—the state’s budget is in surplus, its credit rating is better than the U.S. governments’, and business taxes have been reduced.
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MARCUS: Candidates silent on grave projectionsRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Morton Marcus
In the decade of the Great Depression, the 1930s, the population of Indiana grew 5.8 percent. Later, in the 1970s, a decade of great economic turmoil, the state’s population advanced 5.7 percent. The 1980s saw a strong recession and a subsequent restructuring of American business; Indiana’s population grew a mere 1 percent.
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CARSON: Come together to improve the economy, create jobsRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Andre Carson / Special to IBJ
As a nation, we remain in the middle of a long and arduous economic recovery, so it should be no surprise that the most important issue facing the 7th District is how we continue to grow our economy. We must continue moving forward. I am committed to doing everything I can to put Hoosiers back to work.
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MAY: Spur job growth by helping businesses competeRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Carlos May / Special to IBJ
The most critical issue for District 7 residents is the economy. We need to redouble our efforts to create an environment for greater job growth. Mayor Ballard has done an excellent job of attracting investment domestically and by building partnerships throughout the world in this global economy. However, he needs a stronger partner in Washington.
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WINSTON: Indiana will contribute to Obama victoryRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Robin Winston / Special to IBJ
On Nov. 6, all eyes will be on several battleground states. Unfortunately, the pundits will miss one of the most important states that will contribute to an Obama victory—Indiana. While some will debate whether the president will win Indiana (I still contend that he can), keep in mind that several Indiana-related items will play a role in the fall campaign and will have an impact in other parts of the country.
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SOUDER: Larger point overlooked in Senate raceRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
The trick that is easy to play on the average person is to imply that Washington is like your experience in most life situations in a business, church or even city or state government, which tends to be solution-oriented as opposed to establishing the ideological framework and laws for all private business and increasingly all governmental standards.
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LEIGHTY: Donnelly hurting economy enoughRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Hilary Leighty / Special to IBJ
Joe Donnelly needs a lesson in economics. Donnelly’s campaign advertisements say he’s “about jobs and balanced budgets,” but throughout Donnelly’s time in Congress, the public debt has increased $7.3 billion and every American citizen’s individual share of the debt is now $51,823. He voted to increase the debt ceiling five times. In Donnelly’s last two terms alone, net private-sector jobs have decreased a half million.
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SHELLA: Lugar plots next chapter in storied careerRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Richard Lugar is leaving the Senate, yet the Republican who lost the May primary election to Richard Mourdock still intends to continue some of the work that defined his life as a lawmaker. Lugar spelled out his plans for the first time in a recent speech to the Contemporary Club of Indianapolis at a dinner staged to honor his more than four decades of service as school board member, mayor and six-term U.S. senator.
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BOEHM: Tread cautiously through this studyRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
You may have seen recent news reports discussing a Ball State University study of how the total tax burden in this state varies for different industries and forms of organization. The takeaway is that there are multiple “inequities” in Indiana’s tax structure.
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ODLE: The changing face of homelessnessRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
Most would probably agree that a stereotypical picture of homelessness exists. Many think of people dealing with alcohol or drug-dependency issues, dangerous deadbeats and the mentally ill. These stereotypes lead to misconceptions, whereby people don’t feel responsibility toward helping address and end this sad and unnecessary issue.
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EARLY: We could have watered our lawnsRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Water is a valuable commodity. Wars have been fought over water rights. This summer’s drought certainly made people here in Indiana become water conscious. Geist and Morse reservoirs were both being tested before we finally got relief.
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HARRIS: Far too many students still aren't ready for college

September 29, 2012
David Harris / Special to IBJ
In Indiana and other states, we face a sobering reality: Far too few students are prepared for college-level coursework.
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