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CAMPBELL: Democrats risk forfeiting signature issueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If Democrats are perceived to be an obstacle to education reform, they likely will be locked out of the room.
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HEIN: Indiana, Illinois going their separate waysRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s prescription is as old-fashioned as it is common sense: Don’t spend what you don’t have.
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RENN: Hoosiers shouldn't gloat over Illinois taxesRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Illinois may be content to tax itself into oblivion, but just because Indiana has taken care of fiscal business, it still has plenty more work to do.
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KETZENBERGER: State taxes will suffer until wages recoverRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Wages in the state’s manufacturing sector are falling as two-tier wage structures and other pressures reduce workers’ income.
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HOLCOMB: Courageous Republican style will grow on Hoosier votersRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
To suggest voters were only intent on sending a message to the president, Nancy Pelosi, or Pat Bauer is missing a significant electoral mood shift that occurred.
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MALONE: Project will boost dormant area of downtownRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barbara Malone / Special to IBJ
The real story is the work by council members and council consultants in renegotiating the financial risks from a worst-case-scenario framework.
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TENBARGE: Politicians wanting 'magis,' step forwardRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
The next governor must continue on the path toward more reform, and at the center of this reform should be my generation.
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BONIFIELD: Finding Mr. Watson amid education reformRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If House and Senate Republicans truly believe they can identify which teachers should go and which deserve rewards, let them write legislation that does it.
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EARLY: Parties should go back to conventionsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
You can buy name ID (it’s expensive), but no one has figured out how to buy elected delegates.
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HERBERT: Raising false alarms about Social SecurityRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bob Herbert / New York Times Syndicate
The folks who want to raise the retirement age and hack away at benefits for ordinary working Americans are inevitably those who have not the least worry about their own retirement.
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GIBSON: A multi-part plan to address wide swathe of issuesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Ron Gibson / Special to IBJ
My vision and passion for Indianapolis and all of its citizens will clearly separate me from my opponents.
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KENNEDY: Public safety, economic development demand attentionRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Melina Kennedy / Special to IBJ
Above all, I will continue to listen to the needs, hopes and ideas of residents across the city. That diversity of ideas, opinion and people will help define my campaign.
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KRULL: School choice not as simple as it seemsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
The fight over public education has become a way for entrenched interests—the business community and teachers’ unions—to lob shells at each other.
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HOWEY: Daniels still thinking outside the rutRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
With just two years left in his second term—and beginning only his third year with Republican legislative majorities—Gov. Mitch Daniels presides over a state that has been trapped in a jobless rate hovering around 10 percent for two years.
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MUTZ: Improve our existing utility regulationsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The actions by utility representatives, the regulatory commission chairman and one of his employees created the appearance of impropriety.
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LADWIG: Local property rights, Zimbabwe styleRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Is it hyperbolic to relate anti-colonialism in the African Corn Belt to the machinations of the Capital Improvement Board, the Metropolitan Development Commission or the Indianapolis mayor’s office?
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TORR: Right-to-work freedom would stoke Indiana's economyRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jerry Torr / Special to IBJ
There is one simple change we could make in state law that would put more Hoosiers back to work: Make Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state.
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GUYOTT: Legislation threatens established stability, prosperityRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Nancy Guyott / Special to IBJ
Passage of right-to-work legislation would mean unions could not negotiate contracts that say all workers must pay for union representation.
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WAGNER: A new generation of Indiana DemocratsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
The creation of a political generation depends not just on working for a winning candidate, but on that elected official’s making it a priority to place top talent outside of his or her administration.
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MAHERN: Kill off townships to save public servicesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
OK, here’s your choice: You can reduce the public library book budget by a million dollars or you can recoup a good portion of that savings by deciding we really don’t need 72 elected public officials to dispense poor relief in Marion County.
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REED: Democracy depends on the right basicsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Suellen Reed / Special to IBJ
I believe we need to do some clear thinking around at least three issues: civil discourse; death, taxes and change; and stepping up to serve.
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FARGO: Building futures alongside memoriesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
My hometown and the southern Indiana communities I encountered have much to offer, including hard-working people, clean air and beautiful scenery. To ensure they survive and grow, community and education leaders need to help prepare workers for opportunities in the new economy.
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RENN: Indianapolis must reinvent itself ... againRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Despite outperforming not just the Midwest, but America as a whole, long-term challenges facing Marion County put the region at risk.
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CAMPBELL: Most of all, mass transit needs a heroRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
In the next 10 to 20 years, it will be impossible to tout our region as a world-class center of innovation and entrepreneurship without meaningfully addressing transit.
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BOEHM: Electing judges a charade in Marion CountyRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If you voted for any Marion County judges in the last several years, you wasted your time. And the county wasted whatever it costs to put the judicial candidates on the ballot.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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