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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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KENNEDY: True family-values campaignsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Recently, all eyes have been glued to developments in the presidential race and to Indiana’s campaigns for governor and U.S. senator. We’ve paid less attention to the folks running for seats in the Indiana House and Senate.
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RUSTHOVEN: Revisionist change and little hopeRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The most revealing Democratic National Convention speeches were by Presidents Obama and Clinton. Let’s start with the incumbent.
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KENNEDY: Music intrinsic to world-class citiesRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
When I was in city hall in the late 1970s, the goal was to make Indianapolis a “world class” city. That wasn’t just rhetoric used by Mayor Hudnut. It was echoed by the City Committee (now long defunct) and by Lilly Endowment, which generously facilitated the goal.
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KENNEDY: Which of these is not like the other?Restricted Content

August 25, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Bowing to the demands of the GOP base, Mitt Romney has chosen his running mate. Paul Ryan is the final confirmation of Romney’s capitulation to the True Believers.
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RUSTHOVEN: If not Daniels, then RyanRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is a superb decision, from a governance as well as a political perspective.
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KENNEDY: Respect the process, and peopleRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
One of the things I try to explain to students is the importance of process. This is, of course, a central principle of civil liberties.
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RUSTHOVEN: Daniels laid foundation for PenceRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is proposing a 10-percent state income tax cut, a growth-spurring step that would benefit more than 90 percent of Hoosier businesses that pay individual income tax, and would give Indiana the lowest combined tax burden in our region.
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KENNEDY: A civics literacy center is bornRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
If you’ve been following my columns and blog posts, you are probably tired of my frequent rants about what Americans don’t know about our own constitutional system.
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RUSTHOVEN: Bauer's time has come … and goneRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Several Indiana House Democrats tried to revolt this month against Minority Leader Pat Bauer, but were foiled by his favorite tactic—preventing a quorum.
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