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GREGG: A parlor full of possible ‘pub’ nomineesRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
John R. Gregg / Special to IBJ
As I review the list of potential Democratic nominees, none of the Republican hopefuls can keep the Statehouse in Republican hands.
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BROOKS: Ben Franklin's nation as a world modelRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
David Brooks / New York Times Syndicate
In a world of relative equals, the U.S. will have to learn to define itself by its values.
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COLLINS: Arizona strikes again, with MedicaidRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Gail Collins / New York Times Syndicate
Try to imagine what the Republicans would have said if someone in the Obama administration proposed cutting off liver transplants for Medicare recipients.
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BOEHM: Gerrymandering causes quiet carnageRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Those of you who work in manufacturing businesses, and many others, are familiar with the idea that a flawed process produces flawed products.
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VAUGHN: Strip partisanship from redistrictingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Hoosier Republican leaders must resist the temptation to play political payback with redistricting and instead create a process that is fair, open and free of partisanship.
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CLARK: Economy takes precedence over social issuesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Murray Clark / Special to IBJ
As long as there is an air of uncertainty around the economic picture, we must remain focused on protecting the progress Indiana has made while weathering what’s left of the economic storm.
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PARKER: Fix Daniels' faltering economy with tax breaksRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
With Indiana’s high unemployment, the dismal state of our economy, and a $1 billion budget deficit, social issues should not be our biggest concern.
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EARLY: Campaigns (for 2012) on the horizonRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The old unwritten rule would have prohibited campaigning for a 2012 office in 2011. You can forget that rule; the reason is money.
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HARRIS: Improved charter laws would lure top operatorsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Education reform promises to be central in the upcoming legislative session and many important reforms are on the agenda.
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MEREDITH: Legislators must ask right questions about educationRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Indiana politicians clearly are divided on the “silver bullet” that will reform schools, but in reality, there is no simple solution to such a complicated issue.
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SULLIVAN: Odds for education reform are betterRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Mary Ann Sullivan / Special to IBJ
If there were a full public accounting of our education system’s failure, inadequacy and resulting costs, there would be widespread outrage.
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HEIN: Meet the underreported Dan CoatsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
In a campaign where Dan Coats’ primary and general election opponents questioned his Hoosier bona fides, why didn’t the former senator regale us with his Indiana policy success stories?
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KETZENBERGER: Property tax quandary still in fluxRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
An initial drop in local property taxes overall is likely to increase over time. The questions are when and how?
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RENN: Indiana builds through the hard timesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Major infrastructure investment at the state and local level is a significant reason for optimism for the long-term competitive positioning for the city and state.
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SHELLA: Spoils of redistricting go to the victorRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Indiana politicians have never shown an interest in leaving the redistricting duty to others, and don’t look for it to happen anytime soon.
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CAMPBELL: A primer for government reformersRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
Proponents have to connect government reform to the real pocketbook issues that drive people.
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TENBARGE: Act now to build a better IndianaRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Indiana cannot endure without serious reform, and this session must be approached with the urgency it deserves.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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