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RUSTHOVEN: Let lawmakers decide gay marriageRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s new senator, Joe Donnelly, made news April 5 announcing he had changed his mind and now supported gay marriage.
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KENNEDY: Listen to the MillennialsRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Last month, the media and much of the American public fixated on oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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RUSTHOVEN: Tails ought not wag the dogRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Mike Pence has been governor almost three months, so The Indianapolis Star’s Matt Tully has decided it’s time to quit stalling and simply declare Pence a failure.
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RUSTHOVEN: Cento personified opportunityRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
In the first block of South Meridian, a few paces north of Maryland, you will find next to the parking garage entrance a modest establishment called Cento Shoes. It’s been there for over four decades, founded when L.S. Ayres was flourishing just across the street and no one dreamed of a Circle Centre mall.
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KENNEDY: A matter of perspectiveRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
If there is one observation increasingly endorsed by conservatives and liberals alike, it is this: American government isn’t working. Not in Washington, and not in a growing number of states.
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RUSTHOVEN: The sky really isn’t fallingRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
If our president is right—and who doubts a word he utters?—writing this is wasting time, as it is scheduled for publication that day after the “sequester” takes effect and life comes to an end. But on the off chance the world survives, let’s soldier on for the fraction of readers who might not always find this column a waste of time.
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KENNEDY: Unhealthy, unwealthy and unwiseRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
John Kasich (Ohio), Rick Snyder (Michigan), Jan Brewer (Arizona), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Susana Martinez (New Mexico) and Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota) are all conservative Republican governors opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
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RUSTHOVEN: 'Relevance' is irrelevantRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ

Among American liberals, coverage of Pope Benedict’s decision to resign and speculation about his successor take a predictable line. The Washington Post’s editorial is typical. The challenge facing the Roman Catholic Church, we are told, is “how to remain relevant to an increasingly secular world and to its own changing membership.” Benedict was a “conservative,” at times “reactionary,” who believed “only uncompromising adherence to past doctrine could preserve the faith.

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KENNEDY: Pence should retake Regulation 101Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy

New year, new governor, same song. One of the first official pronouncements from newly inaugurated Gov. Pence was a solemnly delivered promise to stop regulating—to cease issuing administrative rules except when "absolutely necessary."

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RUSTHOVEN: An adult arrives at PurdueRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson recently observed that our “best Democratic politician” would be sworn in again as president of the United States as our “best Republican politician” was becoming president of Purdue University.
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RUSTHOVEN: Double standards on IsraelRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Like many conservatives, I am struck by the liberal media double standard on issues involving Israel. Two recent events bring this to the forefront.
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KENNEDY: Privatization expands governmentRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The ugly mud-wrestling match that was the fiscal cliff negotiation is over for the time being. Congress has done what Congress has been doing with some regularity the past few years—it has kicked the can down the road a few months.
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RUSTHOVEN: Clinging to facts about gunsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Folks on the left tend to view themselves as intellectually superior to most on the right, especially blue-collar sorts who follow NASCAR and (to quote our president) “cling to their guns and religion” to deal with “their frustrations."
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RUSTHOVEN: Pence must win tax debateRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Ben Franklin said nothing is certain but death and taxes. One could add a third item: If there is surplus revenue, legislators will spend it.
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KENNEDY: Defining equality for the new yearRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Equality is one of those principles that almost everyone subscribes to—a concept we can all endorse in the abstract, because in the abstract, we don’t have to decide what it really means.
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RUSTHOVEN: Pence, Obama contrastedRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s just-elected governor and the nation’s just re-elected president take markedly different approaches to current economic issues.
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KENNEDY: The long and short of itRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
There’s an old saying to the effect that a politician’s idea of “long term” is the next election. Our system rewards folks who can front-load the goodies and postpone the pain, even when doing so is clearly not in the long-term public interest. Budget deficits are an obvious case in point.
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RUSTHOVEN: Where next for RepublicansRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Republicans can ignore the standard Democratic line that voters now reject conservatives and Republicans must “change,” meaning “become Democrats.”
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RUSTHOVEN: You'll like Governor PenceRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Mike Pence’s victory in our gubernatorial contest was the highlight for Hoosier Republicans on Tuesday, and among the few bright spots nationally on a largely dismal night for the GOP.
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KENNEDY: Lots of tea, not much sympathyRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Mike Pence has been running a strategically brilliant campaign, taking care to mask his inner culture warrior while displaying a previously invisible interest in economic development and job creation.
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RUSTHOVEN: Mourdock one-ups even Akin

October 26, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
A few weeks back, Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin, channeling his frustrated inner M.D., said that when women are raped, their bodies react to prevent pregnancy.
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KENNEDY: Elections have consequencesRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Try as I might, it is close to impossible to escape the political ads blanketing the airwaves in these last days leading up to the election.
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RUSTHOVEN: Conservative caricatures misleadRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
One of the left’s conceits is believing its own caricature of conservatives. Hence, the reflexive liberal reaction is that a conservative who belies the caricature must be lying.
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KENNEDY: Phoenix stays true to its missionRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
In this space, I’ve referenced studies confirming the “instrumental” value of the arts—especially economic growth and better academic performance. A new study from Rand argues for greater recognition of the intrinsic benefits as well: growth in individual capacities such as empathy for other peoples and cultures, enhanced powers of observation, and fuller understanding of the world in which we live.
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RUSTHOVEN: The 'Hee Haw' candidate distorts againRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
John Gregg is at it again. In a gubernatorial campaign marked by dishonest attacks on GOP nominee Mike Pence, Gregg’s newest ad shows him under an umbrella with water running off it. Gregg, speaking in Mr. Folksy mode, tells us Pence wants to spend Indiana’s entire “rainy day” fund. Citing his experience as former Vincennes University president, Mr. Folksy warns this is a bad idea, one more way Pence threatens education.
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