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KRULL: Fewer Statehouse reporters, more mayhemRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Without someone to ring the bell and call out the low blows, there isn’t much stopping political tussles from escalating to fights and then to brawls.
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CAMPBELL: Politics through the lens of a football fanaticRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
I’ve learned what everyday people have known for years: Unlike the media, we don’t pay attention to the fight.
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EARLY: Plenty of time, and prospects, for presidentRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Come to think of it, I would vote for Charlie White, regardless where he is living, before I would vote for Obama.
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BOEHM: Ignorance of civics undermines democracyRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
To identify and reject abuses of power, citizens need to understand the wisdom in the constitutional limits on the role of each branch of government and the respective domains of federal and state governments.
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KETZENBERGER: Cook and Durham are a study in contrastsRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Cook took wealth for himself, no doubt, but not before he made sure the companies and the employees had what they needed, and we’re all the better for it.
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TENBARGE: Don't overlook Lugar's history of serviceRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Though I have enormous admiration and respect for Mourdock, I stand firmly behind Lugar for the good of this nation and this state.
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HARRIS: Revised schools would free money to pay best teachers moreRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Of all the school factors that affect how much students learn, nothing is more important than the quality of the teachers in their classrooms.
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MEREDITH: Questions are legion as critical reform details fall into placeRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
In the end, the unintended consequences may be that Indiana is left without the high-quality teachers it needs to prepare our students for success.
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RENN: How about it? 'Naptown' as Indy's brandRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Naptown is easy to connect to Indianapolis and can easily be imbued with positive connotations, implying a cool, urban, edgy vibe. Think Naptown Roller Girls and you’ve got the right idea.
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MUTZ: Indiana should pioneer 'no adult left behind'Restricted Content

April 23, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
Indiana needs its own version of the G.I. Bill aimed at the undereducated. We should formulate a targeted program that is designed so that no adult is left behind.
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FERGUSON: Protest walkouts are worthy of protectionRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Removing this possibility from future minority parties (whoever they may be) would unfairly hamstring the minority and give them no voice in the face of an unyielding majority.
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MYERS: A boardwalk view of medicinal marijuanaRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Carnival barkers hustle you into the “doctor’s office,” where virtually any diagnosis leads to a “prescription” for the FDA-unapproved “Sour Diesel.”
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CARTER: Leadership traits will define whether Indiana succeedsRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Steve Carter / Special to IBJ
Our state will best address our future needs by fostering engagement, confidence with optimism, and accountability.
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GREGG: Politicians have lost sight of voter demands for job creationRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
John R. Gregg / Special to IBJ
Hoosiers have had enough of the bickering and back-room deals on Capitol Hill and Capitol Avenue, and bickering has never created a single job.
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HOWEY: Let's count who might run for CongressRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
The most interesting will come in the new 6th congressional district that just about everyone expects to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Mike Pence for a 2012 gubernatorial run.
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KRULL: The weird election for Indianapolis mayorRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis now has a mayor who fades into the background. He is the mayor we still do not know.
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MAHERN: Finger the elephant, mayoral candidatesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Talking about education in a mayor’s race will only upset the adults who are the system’s primary beneficiaries—administrators and teachers.
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WAGNER: Pointers for those moments in the trenchesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
If you’re extremely lucky, your political adversary will have hired young, inexperienced staffers who telegraph their boss’s next moves on Twitter and Facebook.
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LADWIG: The last thing newspapers need is a subsidyRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
You should know that publishers of the smaller community newspapers, specialty papers and media systems throughout the nation were outperforming the big shots until the recession, their closeness to their readerships saving them from the hubris of advocacy.
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FARGO: In defense of controversial e-mail requestsRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Are they politically motivated? Probably. Do they have the potential to intimidate professors and institutions? Yes. Are they illegal or unethical? No.
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BONIFIELD: Lee Hamilton, free of bumper stickersRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
The realization was startling. How could someone with such a high profile—a major political figure by any standard—be so nonchalant in weaving across the center line?
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VAUGHN: No excuse for keeping tainted Durham fundsRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Continuing to use the excuse that the money is already spent amounts to a slap in the face of the Ohio victims of Durham’s illegal scheme, many who lost their life savings.
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KETZENBERGER: Drafting Daniels for corporate IndianaRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
If his first run for governor is any indication, he’d make a heckuva presidential candidate. I hope he doesn’t.
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BOEHM: State employees hang in court balanceRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If the Supreme Court agrees with the 1984 opinion, the effect would presumably be to bar state employees from serving in the Legislature, a holding of no small consequence.
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HARRIS: Education reform would elevate, not denigrate, teachersRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
What is especially troubling about this tactic is that it denies us a chance to debate these critical issues. The policies being proposed in Indiana to evaluate and reward teachers would benefit from a robust debate.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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