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We are dealing with a crisis and headed toward a potential catastrophe. This reality has become clear during the last few weeks as our hospitals have reached or exceeded capacity. We are opening up old units, finding equipment and redeploying staff. We are tapping into resources that we neve…

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When new Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston walked out of the Indiana House of Representatives on March 11 with the COVID-19 pandemic just beginning to get a death grip on his state, he recalled, “I remember leaving this chamber believing something historic could be taking shape.”

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If you voted in last week’s election, you were part of the 66.4 percent of Americans who turned out, the most since 1900. But with President-elect Joe Biden currently at a record 77.55 million votes and President Trump’s 72.34 million votes giving the former a 5.2 million lead at this writin…

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Gov. Eric Holcomb may have equaled a modern plurality record with his 57-32 percent win over Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, who notched 15 percent (with 96 percent of precincts counted).

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is a subject that is extremely complex to understand, and even harder to combat, even under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, in the challenging environment of 2020 and the COVID pandemic, domestic violence incidents have sky…

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At this writing, Indiana reported a record high 2,800 new COVID-19 cases. This comes as Hoosiers are in the midst of deciding whether to rehire Gov. Eric Holcomb, or change course with Democrat and former health commissioner Woody Myers, or Libertarian Donald Rainwater.

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A repeated phrase I didn’t want to hear this summer was “the new normal.” This was because I knew with that phrase came the possibility that some temporary changes may eventually become permanent in our future. However, there’s another phrase that is worse and one that has belittled the comm…

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There’s a political reason that, should he be reelected, Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint a superintendent of public instruction. Look no further than the nationally watched 5th Congressional District, where former Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed endorsed Democrat …

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It stands to be a future framed picture in Vice President Mike Pence’s office: On Monday, he was climbing the U.S. Capitol steps with 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett of South Bend. The tall, slender judge is adjusting her necklace; the vice president is reaching into his pocket, a look o…

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Gathering for dinner in 2015 at the governor’s retreat, Brown County State Park’s Aynes House, Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats came to some career conclusions. Pence decided he would not seek the presidency in 2016 and Coats opted against reelection.

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An edgy America has been warned by its president that the coming election will be “rigged” and “fraudulent.” U.S. intelligence and congressional sources say nefarious foreign sources are seeking a redux of the 2016 interference, with FBI Director Christopher Wray specifically naming Russia t…

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I was with a veteran Democratic operative on a wintry night in 1998 when the story of President Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern broke on network news, Monica Lewinsky was revealed, and the scandal began mushrooming.

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There’s a forecast that is predicting that up to 1.8 million Hoosiers will vote by mail via absentee ballot for the coming general election.

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By any measure, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s mid-day address on Tuesday was extraordinary. Stating that Indiana stands at an “inflection point” and promising Hoosiers that he is prepared to become a racial “barrier buster,” the governor traced the nation’s racially charged lineage from Thomas…

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In the April 7, 2011, edition of Howey Politics Indiana, I offered up this analysis of the coming reapportionment: “New congressional and legislative maps are being forged in the Indiana House and Senate and are expected to be made public next week. Whatever the specifics are, the new maps w…

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Over the last week, a bi‐partisan coalition of public servants has come forward to support “no‐excuse” absentee voting‐by‐mail to allow Hoosier voters the ability to vote safely at home in the November election during the COVID‐19 pandemic. We, the two Democratic members of the Indiana Elect…

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Every day in these hard times, grocery workers and delivery drivers, healthcare aides and cleaning staff, childcare workers and fast food cooks, go to work for $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage. It’s been $7.25 since July 24, 2009. That’s 11 years without an increase – the longest peri…

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A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to wear a face mask, Indiana became the third state headed by a Republican governor to mandate the now controversial facial coverings.

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The pandemic prompted Indiana Republicans and Democrats to opt for virtual conventions, and the resurgence of the virus this past month that forced Gov. Eric Holcomb to delay the final Stage 5 reopening confirmed the wisdom of those choices. But the online format obscured what would have bee…

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As governor of Indiana, one of my top priorities is ensuring Hoosiers have the tools and training to succeed in high-wage, high-demand careers, no matter where you start out in life. Earning a credential or learning new career skills opens doors and propels you on your pathway to personal pr…

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Everyone, from Gov. Eric Holcomb to parents, teachers, students and employers, yearns to reopen schools and universities within the next three to four weeks. But parents are consumers, and most want schools to reopen when it is safe to do so.

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Forty-one years ago, as the U.S. reeled from oil shocks and long lines of cars just to get gas, the conservative tabloid New York Post editorialized: “Independence Day, 1979 the American paradox is bleakly apparent. As a nation, we appear to have become steadily more dependent on forces seem…

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Hoosier Democrats will scheduled to convene virtually at the end of this week to officially nominate Dr. Woody Myers for governor, Linda Lawson for lieutenant governor, and either state Sen. Karen Tallian or former Evansville mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel for attorney general.

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Symbols give meaning to our lives. The American flag, a military parade, the Statue of Liberty. These carry special meaning for us as a nation. As a religious person, I recognize the important symbolism of the cross, the Bible and a church building.

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Just minutes after President Trump chided American governors for not “dominating” violent protesters in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and just days after he used a 1960s era catchphrase (“When the looting starts, the shooting starts”), Gov. Eric Holcomb addres…

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Primary voting will be completed on Tuesday in the congressional seats that opened up with the retirements of Democrat U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks. They are leaving Indiana’s two urban districts that mirror each other. The Cook Partisan Index lists Visclosk…

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Our community has always shown a spirit of togetherness and support for one another. It’s visible in messages to our health care workers outside hospitals, in neighborhood food drives and meal donations, and in observing local stay-at-home orders. Many have made a conscious effort to shop an…

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One of the most arduous jobs in America these days is being a governor of one of 50 states. The Trump administration has essentially kicked the response to the coronavirus pandemic to the states, and so Gov. Eric Holcomb and his 49 cohorts have had to make unprecedented decisions that have i…

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I, along with all of you, have been on the most unexpected and challenging journey of my lifetime. Professionally and personally, COVID-19 has shifted the course of our lives in ways we wouldn’t have imagined. After November’s election, I had an extensive list of goals on how to improve the …

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In the hours after the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission suspended the law license of Attorney General Curtis Hill for groping four women at a legislative party, there was speculation as to how Gov. Eric Holcomb would respond.

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When I pray, it usually goes something like this: “Dear Lord, give me the strength and courage to overcome the adversity I now face.” Today, I will pray for something very specific: A coronavirus vaccine ... the sooner the better.

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Each day, we are witness to tragic scenes playing out in hospitals and long-term care communities as the coronavirus spreads across our state. We will never get used to seeing families conversing through nursing home windows with relatives who can no longer receive visitors, final farewells …

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TRAFALGAR — I moved to a new condo in the early stages of this pandemic, and as I restored my personal library, I found a coverless paperback edition of Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock.”

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In times of crisis, people look to their leaders for guidance and reassurance. As the COVID-19 pandemic has been stealthy and mysterious while inflicting a heavy toll on Indiana (12,438 documented positive cases and 661 deaths at this writing), we’ve watched President Trump and Gov. Eric Hol…

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In Goshen and across the country, we are witnessing extraordinary acts of compassion and generosity during this difficult time. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to our Medical Staff, our Colleagues, our community and business partners. The best of human nature is rising to meet the challe…

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President Trump, Vice President Pence and Gov. Holcomb face the most daunting policy dilemma so far this century, which is how and when do they reopen the economy?

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The economic carnage of this pandemic is without historic parallel. Just this week ArcelorMittal idled another blast furnace in East Chicago, Hoosier Park Racino at Anderson and the Tropicana Casino in Evansville furloughed a combined thousand employees, as did the Indianapolis Symphony Orch…

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The second week in October 2019, I wrote of my frustration with the use of social media and internet to spread misleading information about the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus and the treatment of the mosquitoes that spread the virus. Science and common sense, it seemed, had given aw…

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For more than two centuries, Hoosiers have participated in democracy by going to their local polling place to vote. In normal times they chat with their neighbors as they wait in line.

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Hoosiers are facing their greatest physical and economic threat since the Great Depression and on the most crucial aspect of this crisis – the availability of coronavirus testing that would allow health and policy executives to learn of the extent of the spread and contact trace those in a c…

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