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EARLY: Why Perry should, and will, trounce ObamaRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Because of a fair regulatory climate, in the last two years there has been an influx of companies moving to Texas. In fact, in the last two years, approximately half of America’s new jobs are in Texas.
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TAFT: Why mass transit should be a GOP issueRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
History actually shows that Republicans have been the authors of the largest publicly funded transportation projects in U.S. history because they believed infrastructure investment was an important way government could be a catalyst for economic development.
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KRULL: Republicans no longer the tough-parent partyRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
The reality is that we now have two political parties determined to go to Disneyland for the weekend. They just want to take different groups and pay for the trip with different kinds of credit cards.
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MUTZ: Burton should go out while he's on topRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
This is the ideal time to step down. He can become a senior statesman, enjoy an exceptional retirement package, and devote his time to other kinds of public service.
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DIETRICK: Satellite voting isn't better, and it's too expensiveRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Patrick J. Dietrick / Special to IBJ
Satellite voting, a type of “convenience voting,” does not enhance citizen participation and might actually hurt voter turnout.
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WHITE: Republicans should ease restrictions on busy votersRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Elizabeth L. White / Special to IBJ
I believe flexible and convenient voting options encourage voter participation, which stimulates turnout.
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WAGNER: Move ahead on a new public safety facilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
If you’ve ever dealt with the local courts, you know that nothing is particularly easy to find or logically laid out.
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BONIFIELD: Ballard and Kennedy's striking contrastsRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
A few months out from Election Day, voters have what amounts to their first chance to reflect upon Ballard’s accomplishments and credentials. They will find each wanting.
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HOWEY: Tax caps might force government mergersRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
Citizens are only now waking up to the notion that vital services will be cut unless dramatic changes are made.
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STYRING: Abort the foolish new-terrain path for I-69Restricted Content

August 20, 2011
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Even with the money already sunk in new terrain, I-70/U.S. 41 is the superior option.
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FERGUSON: Indiana governors are not underpoweredRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Indeed, an astute governor who wants to push the boundaries of executive power can simply do so when legislators are looking the other way. While they are literally out of town.
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MYERS: Another opportunity to ban killer tobaccoRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Yes, for me this is personal. My father, Woodrow Sr., died of lung cancer caused by cigarettes. So did his brother Rufus. So did his brother Alphonso. So did his brother Joseph.
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FARGO: Investigating a court record? Good luckRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
It might take a big chunk of the 21st century for the state to catch up to the 21st century.
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MAHERN: Look how far our society has progressedRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
In these 30-some pages of advertising, there are photographs of 30 different individuals. Not one is African-American.
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LADWIG: Bring the spirit of Lincoln back to IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Is that our position? Stand there confident that the inscrutable workings of a free market will restore our failing towns? Pretty much.
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VANE: Don't miss out on the calling of politicsRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
It is easy to focus on the scandals and the politicians who fall gracelessly from grace. But for every one of them, the ones we’d like to forget, there is a Richard Lugar or an Andy Jacobs whose service to this country we should never forget.
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SWAYZE: Fix the chaos Murphy Brown unleashedRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
It is time we start to look at these issues as a whole: Broken families are costing us dearly in both dollars and struggling lives.
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MORELAND: Congress let us down across the boardRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Doran Moreland / Special to IBJ
We are witnessing antics from neophyte legislators who prefer symbolism over responsible governance.
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QUINN: Picking off neighboring business is shortsighted strategyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Patrick Quinn / Special to IBJ
Businesses are choosing Illinois for reasons that go far beyond our strategic incentive packages, which are just one tool in our arsenal.
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ROOB: Illinois businesses come for sanity, not incentivesRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Mitch Roob / Special to IBJ
Our recent billboard campaign—Illinnoyed—in and near Chicago was a little tongue-in-cheek, but it got our point across.
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BOEHM: New districts further polarize LegislatureRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
New maps are as severely gerrymandered as their predecessors, and adherence to some stated goals of neutral districting does not come close to achieving a fair plan.
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VAUGHN: Indianapolis should ban contractor contributionsRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
For too long, candidates for county and city offices have taken for granted that a large percentage of their campaign war chests come from individuals and entities seeking to do business with local government.
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KETZENBERGER: There's nothing divine about a balanced budgetRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
The governor, legislative fiscal leaders and their fiscal staffs deserve a lot of credit, but their effort to put Indiana on sound fiscal footing is not miraculous. They did it the old-fashioned way—with a lot of hard work, tough decisions and a little luck.
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WOUDENBERG: Troubling reflections from the White caseRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Anita Y. Woudenberg / Special to IBJ
For the voter, Republican or otherwise, it suggests an irresolute moral character that makes at least this conservative think twice about why she’s involved in a party that apparently can’t be bothered to look after its own.
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HARRIS: Getting parents involved works better than punishmentRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
The notion that kids from challenging backgrounds are destined to fail could not be more wrong.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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