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RUSTHOVEN: The House made the right decisionRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
In January, this conservative testified to the Legislature on behalf of Freedom Indiana against the then-version of the proposed Indiana constitutional amendment on gay marriage. Here’s why.
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KENNEDY: No single religious definition of marriageRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Here in Indiana, we’re used to religious warfare. We aren’t called the buckle of the Bible Belt for nothing.
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RUSTHOVEN: Christie's ego goes beyond healthy

January 18, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Commentary on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s current troubles, after aides snarled traffic to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse him, has focused on the impact on his presidential aspirations.
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KENNEDY: Not healthy, wealthy or wiseRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Many of us have just wished our friends and loved ones a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. In Indiana, those are going to be elusive goals.
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RUSTHOVEN: Jacobs was a true public servant

January 4, 2014
The death of former congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. is a sad year-end note for all who knew him during and after his decades of service.
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KENNEDY: Goodbye and good riddanceRestricted Content

December 28, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
State and local corruption flourishes as coverage evaporates; nationally, bought-and-paid-for Congressmen and Senators pass legislation benefitting their donors and patrons at the expense of other Americans.
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RUSTHOVEN: The media misunderstands tax cutsRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Gov. Mike Pence just “outlined an aggressive agenda to bolster education and job initiatives along with a proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax.” The words are from Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger, longtime journalist and longtime friend.
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KENNEDY: A troubling responseRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Semester end is hectic for college professors. Research papers and final examinations must be graded, last-minute pleas from students who realize they haven’t performed or who feel entitled to special accommodations must be moderated, committees that haven’t completed their assigned tasks during the preceding months must meet—and of course there’s the added stress of the holidays.
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The pope and capitalismRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
American Catholics, including this convert, see much to admire in our new pope. But Catholic conservatives find it frustrating when church pronouncements on political and economic issues embrace leftist rhetoric and ignore reality.
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KENNEDY: So many reasons to be thankful

November 30, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Thanksgiving is my family’s favorite holiday, not just because it is the one time of the year when all the far-flung relatives assemble, but also because it is an opportunity to consider how incredibly fortunate we are.
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RUSTHOVEN: An Indiana Obamacare snapshot

November 23, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Obamacare’s calamitous launch, including the widening gap between promise and reality, continues to consume political discourse. Here’s a quick summary of Indiana’s status:
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KENNEDY: Coats' religion is no defenseRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Americans have been using religion to argue for and against laws since the country was founded. Proponents and opponents of slavery both pointed to Bible verses justifying their positions. Opponents of equal rights for women claimed suffrage violated God’s law.
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RUSTHOVEN: Donnelly needs to step upRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Prominently featured on Sen. Joe Donnelly’s website is a column by The Indianapolis Star’s Matt Tully, titled “Donnelly Hits It Down The Middle.” Tully lavishes praise on Donnelly, contrasting him with “partisan warriors such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.”
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KENNEDY: Money doesn’t buy happinessRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
When my mother told me money can’t buy happiness, she was evidently onto something. Recently, the World Happiness Report recognized Denmark—a cold country with one of those high-tax “socialist, nanny-state” governments—as the happiest nation on Earth.
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RUSTHOVEN: Coats is GOP voice of sanityRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
In 1957, then-Sen. John Kennedy published “Profiles in Courage,” chronicling stories of senators who (in Kennedy’s rendition) risked careers to do the right thing in the face of political pressure. Eleanor Roosevelt, who thought JFK more a show horse than a work horse, remarked that Kennedy himself needed “less profile and more courage.”
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EDITORIAL: Eli Lilly’s cuts are necessary evilRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
If Eli Lilly and Co. sneezes, Indianapolis catches a cold. The statement has been so oft-repeated that it’s become a cliché.
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KENNEDY: ‘Makers’ take their shareRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The “makers and takers” narrative—promoted most prominently by Paul Ryan and eagerly adopted by Tea Party activists—is just the most recent manifestation of a persistent American fable that encourages people who believe they “stand on their own two feet” to aim moral indignation and opprobrium at those they believe are “sucking at the public you-know-what.”
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RUSTHOVEN: This buck stops with ObamaRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
It’s possible that when this is published, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner will have worked out an end to the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises. I’m betting no. For now, the president doesn’t want to, because he thinks it’s hurting the GOP.
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KENNEDY: Thank Elbridge for our political extremesRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Politicians have been gerrymandering districts since the time of Elbridge Gerry, for whom the tactic was named—and he signed the Declaration of Independence.
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RUSTHOVEN: FitzGibbon was friend and hero departed too soon

September 28, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Our state and city lost an extraordinary citizen last week, when my friend and partner Dan FitzGibbon passed at age 71.
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KENNEDY: We need to learn to fight fairRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
In Florence, Italy, in one of that city’s many museums, there is a famous marble statue of Hercules and Diomedes wrestling. One of them—presumably Hercules—has his hands around the testicles of the other, and ever since we first saw it, my husband has referred to it as the “fight fair, dammit” statue.
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RUSTHOVEN: A president out of his leagueRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The president’s handling of the Syria situation is a model of undermining U.S. credibility and influence. Three headlines from last week: 1. “Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad”; “Amateur Hour in the White House”; “Dazed and Confused.”
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KENNEDY: Revenue enhancement, anyone?Restricted Content

September 7, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Public finance these days reminds me of those fellows we used to encounter at the county fairs—the ones who twisted balloons into fantastic shapes, making horses or dogs from oblong balloons they blew up. Push the balloon here and watch a shape emerge there, and wonder if it would pop.
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RUSTHOVEN: Rappin' away the DreamRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Few speeches merit recall a week later. King’s will be remembered as long as America lives.
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KENNEDY: More reasons why I left the GOPRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I know it will come as something of a shock to younger readers of IBJ, but I spent 35-plus years as an active Republican.
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  1. How is the private developer going to repay the bonds. Is this going to be a toll road?

  2. As well as a Portillio'S!!!!!!

  3. A Lou Malnati's would be awesome!!!!!!!!

  4. We aren't broke. We just aren't willing to raise revenues for this that we should be raising them.

  5. OK. now that the state is taking illegal immigrants, willing or not. There is a major concern that needs to be addressed. First: School starts here in 3 weeks in most parts of the country and probably in Indiana. So is the state going to vaccinate these kids before they intermingle with our kids in school? The problem we are going to have here in the US and possibly in Indiana is that some of these kids could be carrying health issues or diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the US. This could cause a major health issue in the US. Second: Who is going to pay for this building disaster? We are flat out broke….. Down here in Texas, we have 14 counties that have been so swamped with kids, (numerous thousands of them), they are on the verge of financial collapse. Now this is happening in counties in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The system is massively overloaded. Swine flu has started back up in San Antonio since they have nearly 2500 kids that have been placed there and lice is rampant. Not to be insensitive, but we need to stop this madness. I find it amazing that we cannot take care of our veterans and yet give carte blanche to illegals entering the country. Recently an article mentioned that these kids and teenagers can get on planes without TSA screening? What? What the Hell???? Keep in mind this about protecting our national sovereignty as a nation and also living under the rule of law. Not only the terrorist threat that can come over the border. This is a deliberate and irresponsible and illegal act from administration ignoring the constitutional duty of protecting the borders and also upholding the supreme law of the land. This is a classic Cloward and Piven strategy to overload the system until it collapses.

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