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KENNEDY: Hobby Lobby’s unintended consequencesRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
All eyes are on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court. Most of the commentary revolves around whether a for-profit corporation should be able to disregard a law of general application if that law offends its shareholder/owners’ “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
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RUSTHOVEN: Why Pence is winning at the LegislatureRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The Indianapolis Star is developing a pattern in covering Gov. Mike Pence and his dealings with the Legislature.
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KENNEDY: My very own litmus test for lawmakersRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I’ve been casting about for a shortcut, a vote on an issue that will give me an insight into individual lawmakers. Is he/she irresponsible? Despicable? Crazy?
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RUSTHOVEN: Donnelly wisely bucks his presidentRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
On March 5, Joe Donnelly joined six other Senate Democrats and all Republicans, including Dan Coats, in rejecting President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Hoosier senators did the right thing.
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KENNEDY: We’re getting what we deserveRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Anyone who has ever written a book, mounted a PR campaign or started a new business has confronted a threshold question: Who’s your audience? Who will read your book, be persuaded by your campaign, or buy your widget?
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RUSTHOVEN: Pence isn’t playing politics with SebeliusRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The Post spins this as surreptitious grabbing for Obamacare dollars.
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KENNEDY: The costs of rejecting scienceRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Count me among the many Hoosiers increasingly dismayed by the assault on science from people who seem threatened by the notion that empirical evidence might conflict with their worldviews.
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RUSTHOVEN: Obama’s shifting sands of definitionsRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
When this column first talked about Obamacare, a reader called the term disrespectful. The president disagreed—well, he did in 2012—saying he was "fond of this term" and "actually like[s] the name, because I do care—that's why we fought so hard to make it happen."
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KENNEDY: Thinking outside the bankRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Let me begin with a caveat: I’m no expert on financial services or the economics of banking. Like most middle-class Americans, my interactions with banking are all decidedly “retail”—checking and savings accounts, mortgages and car loans.
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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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