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Back in 1976, I read a short newspaper story citing French demographer and scholar Emmanuel Todd who forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his essay titled “The Final Fall,” Todd deduced that the USSR suffered from stagnation, low birth rate and high infant mortality, rising suicides…

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In late June 2018, Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly was cruising toward reelection and was on a conference call with Hoosier agriculture reporters when he learned that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring.

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Social emotional learning (SEL) is being attacked in Indiana. Specific reasons are rarely identified. Some folks suggest that such learning is the sole domain of the family and that SEL programming represents overreach by the schools. Others accuse teachers of trying to be therapists or igno…

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There have been two topics of Mike Pence for president stories in recent weeks. The first has been about Pence taking his nascent campaign to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, preparing for an upstart 2024 campaign. The second focuses on the many articles saying he has little to no cha…

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In a week after the Dow crossed 36,000 for the first time ever and 531,000 new jobs were created in October, House Democrats aided by 13 Republicans – though none from the Indiana delegation – voted late Friday night to pass President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill by a 228-206 vo…

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Indiana Republicans have dominated state politics over this past generation, holding all Statehouse constitutional offices, super majorities in the General Assembly and all but two seats of the congressional delegation for much of the past decade.

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The pandemic has spun off a number of curve balls, from missing workers, to supply change disruptions and angry school board confrontations over masking. But if you’re a Hoosier mayor or city council member, well, grab your shades because the future is bright.

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Sen. Todd Young seems to have it all these days. He raised a record $1.6 million for his first Senate reelection campaign this past quarter, sitting on a lofty $5.6 million cash. He doesn’t have a primary opponent. The three Democratic candidates have raised a combined $100,000.

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As a prelude to Donald Trump’s presidency, his adviser Steve Bannon said in 2016, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

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Hail to the victors, the undefeated among us: Frank O’Bannon, Julia and André Carson, Dan Coats, Mitch Daniels, Robert Orr, Lee Hamilton, Todd Young, Bob Knight’s 1976 Hoosiers, champions all in politics and sports.

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Indiana has a good reputation in many areas, but it doesn’t do well in two interrelated and very important areas: Voter turnout and providing fair and equitable representation for all Hoosiers.

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Erasing student loan debt means nothing without systemic change. Student debt in the United States has been growing at six times the rate of the economy, and the U.S. has amassed over $1.57 trillion in student debt. As one of the 42.9 million Americans with student loan debt, I can tell you …

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As we head into a weekend commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, ponder this question: Did Osama bin Laden win?

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Voters should choose their representatives; politicians shouldn’t be picking their voters. That’s a pretty simple principle. However, in Indiana, our congressional and state legislative districts are drawn by the politicians in power, which allows them to pick their voters.

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The people don’t always get it right. From slavery, to the right of women and minorities to vote, from the way we’ve treated our mentally ill, to Jim Crow laws and school segregation, it took “leaders” to cut through prevailing opinion, gossip and innuendo, and forge evolving visionary polic…

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On paper, Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young looks to be in the catbird seat as he seeks a second term next year. He sits on a war chest approaching $5 million. He’s undefeated, having dispatched since 2010 current or former members of Congress including Mike Sodrel, Baron Hill, Marlin Stutzman…

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Alex Azar, the former Eli Lilly executive and Health and Human Services secretary, played a crucial role in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine after President Trump initiated “Operation Warp Speed” in the spring 2020 as the pandemic shut down much of society.

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One thing that stood out after the Capitol and D.C. Metro police testimony Tuesday before the fledgling House Jan. 6 Select Committee was how close this “insurrection” came to being an atrocity that could have ignited a violent nationwide spasm.

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The catastrophic events prior to the Sept. 11 foreign terror attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the demise of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania occurred in a time of consequential political instability. The 2000 presidential election between Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice Presid…

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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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