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VANE: Evans bravely went with his principlesRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Unquestionably, the biggest political news of this young year was the decision by City-County Councilor Jose Evans to join the Republican Party.
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BONIFIELD: A greenhorn governor flubs his launchRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
As the first governor since the Civil War to win election with less than 50 percent of the vote, Mike Pence has a political capital problem. And it’s starting to show.
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BECK: New Democratic chairs will deliverRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
I’m optimistic about the future of Hoosier Democrats, particularly at the state level and in Marion County. Why, you ask?
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MACALLISTER: Hooray for underrated lawmakersRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
As the end of the annual meeting of our General Assembly draws nigh, it is not inappropriate to once again view both the legislation considered and the general health and well-being of the system itself as it works in the Great Hoosier Heartland.
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MYERS: No time to rest on our ample laurelsRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is a long way from reaching its potential. Yes, we have advantages with cost of living (compared to both coasts), and great professional sports franchises and an array of quality cultural institutions like the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and many more.
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DANIELS: Leading in health care innovationRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Deborah Daniels
Hoosiers are often thought of as resistant to change (daylight-saving time, anyone?).
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SHEPARD: Speedway promotion is a smart moveRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Fresh analysis released last month on the economic impact of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the satellite industries attracted by its location in Indiana make it clear the General Assembly is on the right track in moving legislation to bolster the track and the jobs it helps create.
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STYRING: Workers will flood health exchangesRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
The local business guys and gals I talk to watch the coming full implementation of Obamacare with a sense of angst.
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SWAYZE: Obamacare is more mess than cureRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
One-sixth of our economy has a big question mark around it. It’s OK to call “it” Obamacare now, but we still don’t know what it is.
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VAUGHN: Expanding Medicaid would benefit allRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
In these pages last fall, I complained about gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence playing politics with the implementation of federal health reform. Unfortunately, now that he’s been elected governor, the game-playing continues and uninsured Hoosiers continue to be pawns in Pence’s game with federal officials.
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TAFT: Education map shows Indy holds its ownRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
A recent Ball State University study showed a growing movement of Marion County residents to Hamilton County and triggered a series of columns pinning a lot of the blame on poor-quality city schools.
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ODLE: Gov. Pence, please keep my moneyRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
Most days I wish the government would take less of my money and let me use it to save, invest, donate or just spend frivolously. I figure I earned this money, it’s mine and I deserve to keep it, right?
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SIMPSON: 'Our hopes and dreams are bound together'Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Vi Simpson / Special to IBJ
Daily, I see politicians arguing, reciting their talking points, without facts. I hear political pundits repeating those talking points, urging on the political rhetoric.
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MADISON: Tax-cut promises make cheap politicsRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
Promising to cut taxes is not political leadership. It’s cheap and easy.
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LEIGHTY: Forgo the tax cut and finish I-69Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Hilary Leighty / Special to IBJ
Arguably one of the most passionate and polarizing debates in the General Assembly this session is the allocation of the transportation budget. Gov. Mike Pence and many legislators agree that money should be spent on repairing deteriorating roads and constructing new highways.
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SADLER: Put a justice complex on the docketRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Doris Anne Sadler / Special to IBJ
Something important is missing on planning desks of Indianapolis leaders as they contemplate mass transit, waterworks and other big-ticket projects. It is well past time for a strategy for a new criminal justice complex outside of downtown.
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SHELLA: Nonvoters are real Hoosier citizens, tooRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Do the politicians care what nonvoters think? House Speaker Brian Bosma recently took issue with the WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey because, he said, it wasn’t a voter poll. When challenged, he said that he cares what everybody thinks, but the message he delivered was that the opinions of voters matter more than those of adults who don’t get to the polls.
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SOUDER: Legislature reflects GOP dilemmasRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
Gov. Mike Pence doesn’t just want a tax cut for Hoosiers. A tax cut was foundational to his campaign and his philosophy of conservatism: Growth comes faster when individuals and corporations spend their own money, because it is more productive (leveraged better), more diversely spread (less likely to be bet on winners and losers), and more reflective of actual markets.
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DAVIS: So far, so good at the LegislatureRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
I had a happy Valentine’s Day visiting with members of the General Assembly.
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MASSON: The economy is not a morality playRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
Americans in general and Hoosiers in particular like to see the economy as a morality play. If you are rich, it is because you are hard-working and clever. If you are poor, it is because you are lazy and stupid.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Youth violence is state health issueRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
Everyone knows you are not supposed to discuss taboo subjects such as religion and politics in the workplace.
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BOHANON: What to do with the homeless campers?Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
A word I like to introduce my students to is “intractable.” This is a fancy, 75-cent college word that means can’t be solved, can only be dealt with—as in, the problems of homelessness are intractable.
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GARRISON: When the issue is not the issueRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
No more than an hour had passed on that awful day at Sandy Hook Elementary School before the usual suspects began their mantra: The whole thing was because of the gun.
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LANOSGA: Small losses erode a bedrock principleRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
Will Rogers once said, “Congress is in session; hold onto your wallets.” Now, with the General Assembly in session, and with Rogers’ spirit of affectionate cynicism, I offer a corollary: “Hold onto your open government.
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BOEHM: This conflict could have been avoidedRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
After each decennial census, the law requires redrawing the City-County Council districts. A decade ago, after a Democratic mayor vetoed a redistricting ordinance adopted by the Republican majority following the 2000 census, the Indiana Supreme Court rejected the partisan maps proposed by the two parties and adopted a neutral map that established the districts through the 2011 election.
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