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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. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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