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One of the most vivid moments of my fatherhood was sitting in the woods one hot early July day on the Gettysburg battleground between Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, watching my two sons climb up what became the most important strategic heights of the American Civil War and a turning point…

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Over the past three years, the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership has moved full-steam ahead to execute our Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS Plan) with the ultimate goal of matching or exceeding the national per capita personal income by 2025.

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In the history of competition and upsets, the first rule is that you have to show up. Just ask returning Pacer’s coach Rick Carlisle (who led Chaminade to the historic 1982 upset over Ralph Sampson’s No. 1-ranked Virginia) or Appalachian State’s 2007 football stunner over No. 5 ranked Michig…

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Quack, quack, quackery. Word on the street is that Eric Holcomb has suddenly become a “lame duck” governor. Earlier this month the IndyStar raised this notion despite the fact that he still has three and a half years left in his term, two biennial budgets to execute and one more to forge.

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Georgia was as red a state as Indiana currently is. It took Stacey Abrams a decade of candidate recruitment, an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid, and the creation of Fair Fight Action set up to battle vote suppression for Democrats to put the state in the Joe Biden Electoral College column las…

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Indiana’s next two-year, $37 billion state budget accelerates opportunities for all Hoosiers – and in an unprecedented way. During the height of the worldwide pandemic, Indiana’s fiscal health proved its resiliency and our economic future is brighter than ever before. This legislative sessio…

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There’s a reason U.S. Sen. Todd Young has been fanning out across Indiana, meeting with policemen and sheriff deputies in recent weeks. He’s up for reelection next year, but he will likely be confronted with some controversies over the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Last week I spent about an hour in the law office of State Rep. Greg Steuerwald, a Republican who wanted to talk about something “unbelievable.” It was HEA 1006, a sprawling police reform bill that passed and was signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb without a single dissenting vote.

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The first case of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States was reported in January 2020. The United States changed that day. While most of us had to shelter in place, our scientists went to work to trying to end the pandemic and medical professionals prepared themselves for an unimaginable struggle a…

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Your odds of being killed in a car crash are one in 102; being struck by lightning, one in 15,300; dying in a plane crash, one in 205,000; being eaten by a shark, one in 4 million; or dying in a tornado, one in 5.6 million.

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For most of us waking up last Friday morning, the news that eight Hoosiers had been killed in a massacre at a FedEx facility wasn’t so much a surprise as a “shock” that it had finally happened here.

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We are now in the “Super Majority Era” of Indiana governance. While there have been 20 Democratic House and Senate super majorities, and 49 for Republicans over the past two centuries, never have these decks been stacked like they are today with both chambers so Republican that they can do b…

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Although reticent during oral arguments before the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas can be bold in written opinions bristling with strong convictions, of which he has many and about which he is forthright. Now in his 30th year on the highest bench, the most senior justice last week war…

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If there was a silver lining after a horrible year of pandemic, it was that the Hoosier Hoops Holyland and its ancient cathedral (Hinkle Fieldhouse, among other venues) would become the Center of the Basketball Universe during March Madness.

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During the television age of Indiana politics, the General Assembly had been a pipeline of future governors. Govs. Harold Handley, Matt Welsh, Edgar Whitcomb, Doc Bowen, Robert Orr and Frank O’Bannon had all spent time in the dual “Cave of Winds” on the Statehouse third floor during a 40-year span.

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Three days after he was elected chair of the Indiana Democratic Party last weekend, Mike Schmuhl explained, “I feel like a basketball coach who hasn’t been to the tournament in a while. I’ve got to get the team back in the tourney, man, and then we’ll go from there.”

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Every year, tens of thousands of Hoosiers take an important and necessary step to become eligible for financial aid to help fund post-secondary education. But this year, the number of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants is down significantly, and the April 15 deadline…

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It was a year ago Saturday that the first Hoosier was stricken with what has become our 21st century nightmare, COVID-19. Ten days later Roberta “Birdie” Shelton became the first known death, dying alone in a pandemic that came quickly and with great mystery.

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Indiana’s state senators didn’t intend to galvanize Hoosiers to protect isolated wetlands, but their vote last month to repeal regulation of these important ecological features sure did the trick.

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The Republican supermajority in the Indiana General Assembly is attempting to prioritize private education benefiting fewer than 10 percent of students, while underfunding its constitutional duty of providing a system of common school open and available to all. It is public schools that educ…

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For the past four decades, I’ve covered the Indiana General Assembly as a reporter and monitored it as a columnist and publisher. What occurred on the House floor and out in the Statehouse hallways last week has been described as a “racial” clash. And I will tell you upfront that while there…

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