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CAMPBELL: Democrats risk forfeiting signature issueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If Democrats are perceived to be an obstacle to education reform, they likely will be locked out of the room.
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HEIN: Indiana, Illinois going their separate waysRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s prescription is as old-fashioned as it is common sense: Don’t spend what you don’t have.
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RENN: Hoosiers shouldn't gloat over Illinois taxesRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Illinois may be content to tax itself into oblivion, but just because Indiana has taken care of fiscal business, it still has plenty more work to do.
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KETZENBERGER: State taxes will suffer until wages recoverRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Wages in the state’s manufacturing sector are falling as two-tier wage structures and other pressures reduce workers’ income.
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HOLCOMB: Courageous Republican style will grow on Hoosier votersRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
To suggest voters were only intent on sending a message to the president, Nancy Pelosi, or Pat Bauer is missing a significant electoral mood shift that occurred.
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MALONE: Project will boost dormant area of downtownRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barbara Malone / Special to IBJ
The real story is the work by council members and council consultants in renegotiating the financial risks from a worst-case-scenario framework.
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TENBARGE: Politicians wanting 'magis,' step forwardRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
The next governor must continue on the path toward more reform, and at the center of this reform should be my generation.
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BONIFIELD: Finding Mr. Watson amid education reformRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If House and Senate Republicans truly believe they can identify which teachers should go and which deserve rewards, let them write legislation that does it.
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EARLY: Parties should go back to conventionsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
You can buy name ID (it’s expensive), but no one has figured out how to buy elected delegates.
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HERBERT: Raising false alarms about Social SecurityRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bob Herbert / New York Times Syndicate
The folks who want to raise the retirement age and hack away at benefits for ordinary working Americans are inevitably those who have not the least worry about their own retirement.
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GIBSON: A multi-part plan to address wide swathe of issuesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Ron Gibson / Special to IBJ
My vision and passion for Indianapolis and all of its citizens will clearly separate me from my opponents.
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KENNEDY: Public safety, economic development demand attentionRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Melina Kennedy / Special to IBJ
Above all, I will continue to listen to the needs, hopes and ideas of residents across the city. That diversity of ideas, opinion and people will help define my campaign.
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KRULL: School choice not as simple as it seemsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
The fight over public education has become a way for entrenched interests—the business community and teachers’ unions—to lob shells at each other.
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HOWEY: Daniels still thinking outside the rutRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
With just two years left in his second term—and beginning only his third year with Republican legislative majorities—Gov. Mitch Daniels presides over a state that has been trapped in a jobless rate hovering around 10 percent for two years.
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MUTZ: Improve our existing utility regulationsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The actions by utility representatives, the regulatory commission chairman and one of his employees created the appearance of impropriety.
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LADWIG: Local property rights, Zimbabwe styleRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Is it hyperbolic to relate anti-colonialism in the African Corn Belt to the machinations of the Capital Improvement Board, the Metropolitan Development Commission or the Indianapolis mayor’s office?
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TORR: Right-to-work freedom would stoke Indiana's economyRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jerry Torr / Special to IBJ
There is one simple change we could make in state law that would put more Hoosiers back to work: Make Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state.
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GUYOTT: Legislation threatens established stability, prosperityRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Nancy Guyott / Special to IBJ
Passage of right-to-work legislation would mean unions could not negotiate contracts that say all workers must pay for union representation.
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WAGNER: A new generation of Indiana DemocratsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
The creation of a political generation depends not just on working for a winning candidate, but on that elected official’s making it a priority to place top talent outside of his or her administration.
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MAHERN: Kill off townships to save public servicesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
OK, here’s your choice: You can reduce the public library book budget by a million dollars or you can recoup a good portion of that savings by deciding we really don’t need 72 elected public officials to dispense poor relief in Marion County.
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REED: Democracy depends on the right basicsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Suellen Reed / Special to IBJ
I believe we need to do some clear thinking around at least three issues: civil discourse; death, taxes and change; and stepping up to serve.
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FARGO: Building futures alongside memoriesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
My hometown and the southern Indiana communities I encountered have much to offer, including hard-working people, clean air and beautiful scenery. To ensure they survive and grow, community and education leaders need to help prepare workers for opportunities in the new economy.
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RENN: Indianapolis must reinvent itself ... againRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Despite outperforming not just the Midwest, but America as a whole, long-term challenges facing Marion County put the region at risk.
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CAMPBELL: Most of all, mass transit needs a heroRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
In the next 10 to 20 years, it will be impossible to tout our region as a world-class center of innovation and entrepreneurship without meaningfully addressing transit.
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BOEHM: Electing judges a charade in Marion CountyRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If you voted for any Marion County judges in the last several years, you wasted your time. And the county wasted whatever it costs to put the judicial candidates on the ballot.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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