SMITH: Nation will be watching Indiana Senate race

To keep his seat, Joe Donnelly will need to navigate issues and votes such as the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and reforming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a way that holds his base and left-leaning donors while not offending too many Hoosier voters.

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SMITH: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Bayh and the impact on the courts

While Evan Bayh voted to confirm both of President Obama’s nominees, Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, he voted against every Republican nominee. This includes his vote against Chief Justice John Roberts, a fellow Hoosier with a distinguished record and moderate reputation.

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SMITH: Business thrives in pro-family Indiana

Among the more mystifying arguments against a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman is the claim that having such a conversation creates an intolerant tone that hurts Indiana’s business climate. It’s mystifying because as we have respectfully debated this issue, Indiana’s economy improved remarkably.

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