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BENNETT: Indianapolis is treated differently than other citiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Duke Bennett / Special to IBJ
The question continues to be pondered by many people and seems to always rise to a high level during each session of the General Assembly. The issue is typically considered and debated regularly by those of us from around the state who live outside of Marion County.
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GARRISON: Indianapolis might get what it asks forRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
The next mayoral election might represent the functional end to Republican government in Indianapolis.
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DAVIS: Some solid ways to move Indy forwardRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
Three promising efforts are under way in Indianapolis to unite the community and propel us forward. I hope we pursue each initiative with a sense of urgency and change the trajectory on our health, skills and economic prosperity.
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ODLE: Many ways to weed gardens of despairRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
There has been much discussion recently about the need to “beef up” Marion County law enforcement to reduce crime. I agree. The Indianapolis public safety director recently reported that only about half of the sworn officers are on the street.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Older neighborhoods need attentionRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
Everyone knows the old real estate adage about location, location, location. But these days, for revenue-hungry Indianapolis communities, you can add another priority—development, development, development.
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SHELLA: Override could have been avoidedRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
General Assembly, 1; Mike Pence, 0. That’s how the scorecard reads from the recent one-day meeting of the Legislature.
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SADLER: This governor's style feels comfortableRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Doris Anne Sadler / Special to IBJ
Gov. Mike Pence has borne the brunt of unfair criticism from politicos around the state of late. Not even six months into his term, he has been described as lackluster, lacking vision and as having a dearth of ideas.
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SOUDER: GOP ideology fights are nothing newRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
At the 1969 Young Americans for Freedom convention, I learned firsthand of the intense ideological divisions within the conservative movement.
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BOHANON: Contrasting Indiana and AfghanistanRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
I weep for my Afghan friends and thank God for the relative civility that characterizes Indiana political conflict.
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MADISON: A depressing tale of two IndianasRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It’s a tale of two Indianas—one rich, one poor.
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MARCUS: United funding for the arts in IndianaRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Morton Marcus
A good friend has come up with a good idea. I know it is a good idea because, when he presented it to me and another friend, both of us were skeptical. Such is the inevitable fate of good ideas among friends.
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MAHERN: Ballard, Lewis should disclose conflictsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
A typical $110,000 Colts suite comes with 20 tickets for 10 games—a per-ticket cost of $550. Mayor Ballard’s suite comes with at least 30 tickets.
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SIDDIQUI: Forward with the Medicaid experimentRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed expansion of health care for low-income Hoosiers through the Healthy Indiana Plan is a valuable experiment that will continue Indiana’s trend as an innovator in government.
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SHEPARD: Session gave training huge shot in armRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Though issues like Medicaid expansion and reducing the income tax were most visible during the recent legislative session, the General Assembly may have also set the stage for substantial future shifts in how Indiana goes about producing a work force prepared for the 21st century economy.
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MCDANIEL: Delegation, Pacers have many surprises in common

June 1, 2013
Mike McDaniel / Special to IBJ
Our delegation is a lot like the Indiana Pacers. Both are young. Both are made up of talented people. Both are generating results sooner than expected. Both are likely to grow to be even more effective for many years to come.
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SCHELLINGER: Green delegation should work hard on influence

June 1, 2013
Jim Schellinger / Special to IBJ
Roll Call reported several weeks ago that Indiana’s clout in Washington, D.C., has slipped in the rankings from 27th to 42nd. This is certainly no surprise in the wake of Sen. Richard Lugar’s departure, in addition to former Sen. Evan Bayh and former congressman and now Gov. Mike Pence.
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SWAYZE: Scrutinize abortion like the industry it isRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
The details of the Kermit Gosnell trial in Pennsylvania are gruesome, yet they signal a warning to all states. Abortion is an industry, not just a political or religious issue.
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DANIELS: Abuses will recharge media shield lawRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Deborah Daniels
It is commonly said in the practice of law that “bad facts make bad law.” Sometimes a far-reaching court decision, affecting a broad swath of cases for years to come, results from one bad set of circumstances.
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VAUGHN: IRS scandal overlooks larger issueRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Common Cause founder John Gardner once said, “We share the conviction that as citizens we have every right to raise hell when we see injustice done, or the public interest betrayed, or the public process corrupted.”
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WAGNER: Age has little to do with moral virtuesRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Reggie Walton and Mark Zuckerberg have one thing in common.
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STYRING: Bowen held line on property taxesRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Indiana has said farewell to former Gov. Otis Bowen. Much has been written in tribute to “Doc,” and all of it deserved. He surely was the most popular governor in anyone’s memory. Even his political enemies respected him as a thoroughly decent human being.
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MACALLISTER: Stop, think before expanding transitRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
We continue to analyze, visualize and contemplate the expansion of an urban transit system for the Marion County area. All accept the blessing of reduced traffic during rush hours, but alas, to do so entails a cost-benefit ratio that might be troubling.
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TAFT: Cities are great places to raise kidsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
I recently participated in a planning session for downtown Indianapolis that included cultural and civic leaders whom I consider very pro-urban Indianapolis. As the conversation turned toward the urgent need to recruit more taxpayers into city neighborhoods, one of my colleagues stated that it really wasn’t practical to raise a middle class family in the city, and many others agreed.
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BECK: Fascinated with Indiana's first ladiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
It’s hard not to miss first lady Karen Pence these days. From reading to kindergartners to supporting the arts to visiting schools in Fort Wayne, she’s everywhere.
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VANE: Had more than enough hope, changeRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s read what I’ve written in Forefront that I didn’t buy a ticket to ride the “Hope and Change” express. Just because I wasn’t a passenger, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t want the train to reach its station.
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