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Diego Morales has probably attended more Indiana Republican Lincoln Dinners than any living human being, a process he began in 2006. His campaign Facebook page is full of “I had a great time in DeKalb County ... Floyd County ... Elkhart County.”

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‘Every teacher you know has thought about it. Every teacher you know has a plan for an active shooter. Every teacher you know has weighed their point of fight or flight. Every teacher you know has walked their room looking for blind spots. Every teacher you know has passed their classroom to…

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Merriam-Webster defines “atrocity” as a “a shockingly bad or atrocious act, object or situation.” In a different era, the word “atrocity” was used mostly in wartime situations, be it Babyn Yar in Kyiv, the Katyn Forest massacre in Poland, the Andersonville Prison during the American Civil Wa…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It seems by now, many of us are aware, or have heard the statistic that approximately one in four Americans suffer every day from some form of mental illness. Given what we have all lived through recently; the pandemic, social isolation, and now find our…

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When the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes on Tuesday for “Technical Corrections Day” it will almost certainly override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of HEA1041, the transgender sports bill. But the subplot will be the looming U.S. Supreme Court decision of the Dobbs case, which is expected to …

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This “trend” bubbled up in the homestretch leading into the May 3 Indiana primary in several media quarters: A slate of “Liberty Defense” candidates was poised to pull the Republican House and Senate super majorities even further to the right.

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On Monday, Politico broke the story of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that had by a 5-4 margin the termination of Roe v. Wade which has legalized abortion over the past 49 years.

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Imagine if you could only choose to eat at McDonald’s or Burger King. You didn’t know about Wendy’s, Taco Bell or even KFC. McDonald’s and Burger King oversaw issuing permits for fast food restaurants. They decided what criteria must be met to receive a permit and they made certain that they…

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When I was growing up, if the Peru Tigers lost to the Marion Giants or the Logansport Berries, we accepted the verdict on the court. Those who didn’t were labeled “poor sports” or “bad losers.”

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When the 2012 gubernatorial debate turned to the topic of marijuana reform, Libertarian nominee Rupert Boneham decried decades of prohibition that resulted in the jailing of about 10,000 Hoosiers a year. “It’s a plant,” he said as Republican Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg looked on. “It’…

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With the advent of war comes great prose. Just as May 1940 found Prime Minister Winston Churchill rallying his nation at the beginning of the blitz in the Battle of Britain, we have witnessed great oratory from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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There is palpable emotion when American leaders approach the Ukrainian border these days. It’s what is to be expected when they meet with some of the 4 million people who have fled Vladimir Putin’s genocidal war that has sent 50 percent of this nation’s children in refugee status, with most …

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has once more brought journalists to the front lines, in Kyiv, Odessa and even Moscow. Freelancer Brent Renaud, Fox News videographer Pierre Zakrzewski and Fox News consultant Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova were killed by snipers and shells, while Fox correspon…

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Whether you’re headed to work, running an errand, or driving the neighborhood carpool, these days it’s nearly impossible to ignore mounting costs of fuel and other basic necessities. This week, gas prices in Indiana and across the country rose to record-breaking highs and there’s no end in sight.

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The post-Cold War era has essentially ended now that Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine, an independent, democratic nation, on Wednesday. Europe is now experiencing its first fighter-jet-to-fighter-jet, tank-to-tank military invasion since World War II. There i…

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Feb. 12 is officially Darwin Day, and while there are countless holidays that pay tribute to men and women who have shaped history and our understanding of the world, few can match the impact of Charles Darwin.

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At about the 1:45 mark of President Biden’s marathon press conference last week, the pool camera panned from a questioner to the president, and in the sweep were Biden staffers in an adjacent hallway. In this fleeting image, more than one of them was fixated on their wristwatches. Later, Bid…

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Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been a disturbing caveat to the casualty reports. Many of the dead, the reports say, had “comorbidities” – other conditions that left them especially vulnerable to the virus.

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In the past six years, we’ve watched as four of Indiana’s 11 congressional seats were won by the highest bidder, including one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats. Will the governor’s office be next?

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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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