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  • Battle over Governor’s emergency authority at hand
    Saturday, April 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    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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  • Chairman Schmuhl seeks to end Hupfer’s winning streak
    Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    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.”
    Not since 2012, when Joe Donnelly won a U.S. Senate seat and Glenda Ritz upset Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, has a Hoosier Democrat won a statewide race.
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  • To put pandemic behind us, get the vaccine
    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Former president Donald Trump was asked by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo whether he believes his supporters should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
    “I would recommend the vaccine," said Trump, who received the inoculation in January before leaving office. "And I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly.”
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  • Donnelly passes on a challenge to Sen. Young
    Saturday, March 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    U.S. Sen. Todd Young is a political death star when he’s matched up against an opponent of congressional pedigree.
    In 2010, he won a four-way Republican primary by defeating former congressman Mike Sodrel. His victory nearly wiped out his campaign war chest, but he raised $357,000 in the third quarter and overcame a $700,000 cash disadvantage to defeat Democrat U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, 52-42% that autumn.
    In the 2016 U.S. Senate primary, Rep. Young defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman 67-33%. 
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  • A year of COVID (& light at the end of the tunnel)
    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    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 in the state, dying alone in a pandemic that came quickly and with great mystery.
    Now, some 12,633 Hoosier deaths later (and more than 517,000 nationally), we are seeing what has been widely described as a "light at the end of the tunnel." Just a few days ago, the millionth Hoosier took what is nothing short of a modern miracle, a vaccination developed and tested in less than a year that is guaranteed to keep you out of the hospital and an early grave.
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  • Clashes at Statehouse blow up
    Saturday, February 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    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 has been racial tension throughout Indiana's two centuries of statehood, this is the first time in my memory that it bubbled up so publicly at the Statehouse.
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  • The whole world will be watching Pence
    Friday, February 5, 2021 11:54 AM
    On Tuesday Jan. 6, the whole world will be watching Vice President Mike Pence. He will find himself in the most conspicuous set of circumstances that any Hoosiers ever has.
    As president of the U.S. Senate, he will preside over a joint session of Congress, taking what would normally be about a half hour to count the Electoral College votes for the 2020 president race. The 50 states and the District of Columbia have certified 306 votes for Democrat Joe Biden and 232 for President Trump.
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  • The metrics of the Trump administration
    Monday, January 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    President Trump is scheduled to leave office at noon, Jan. 20. He has had an extraordinary impact on the United States and Indiana and will leave behind a deeply divided nation.
    The 2020 election was basically a referendum on … him. As his presidency draws to a close, let’s take a dispassionate look at the metrics of his impacts:
    Elections: Trump won the contested 2016 Indiana presidential primary 53% (591,514 votes) to 36.6% for Sen. Ted Cruz and 7.7% for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump carried 87 counties to five for Cruz.
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  • Biden hires Buttigieg to rebuild America
    Saturday, December 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    As the Democratic presidential race wound down just as the pandemic was gearing up, there was no secret that Joe Biden had a lot of respect and affection for Pete Buttigieg.
    When the former South Bend mayor endorsed Biden in Dallas, the now president-elect said that Buttigieg reminded him of his late son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. "Like Beau, he has a backbone like a ramrod. I really mean this. I think about it."
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  • Time to step up for our Hoosier restaurants & bars
    Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:00 AM
    I am no barfly, but the contours of my social life have come inside dozens of Hoosier restaurants and taverns and social clubs.
    Whether it was midnight at Santino's after putting the Elkhart Truth to bed with the presses roaring in the background, a breezy summer day on the top deck of Matey's in Michigan City, catching a couple sets of jazz at the Chatterbox in downtown Indy, or watching a Thursday night NFL game with Coach and crew at Big Woods in Nashville, these watering holes served up beer and comfort food for me, my colleagues, friends and family over the years.
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  • Pandemic becoming a historic Indiana casualty event
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:00 AM
    We are now enduring one of the biggest high casualty events in Indiana history.
    In the second month of the mysterious COVID-19 pandemic last April, a consensus developed among epidemiologists: Because this highly contagious and deadly virus transmitted from one human to another via tiny aerosol droplets, the best way to contain the disease was to wear a face mask.
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  • The prospects for Trump & Pence in 2024
    Saturday, November 28, 2020 4:00 AM
    Whether it was North Side Gym in Elkhart or the Southport Fieldhouse, or packing Evansville's Ford Center with 11,000 supporters in September 2018, President Trump was at the spearhead of a populist movement. His MAGA rallies filled Indiana's basketball palaces, with thousands who couldn't get in standing outside.
    In contrast, at a solo Oct. 22 campaign rally at Fort Wayne International Airport, Vice President Mike Pence drew a very, very modest 400 supporters.
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  • Hoosier legislative leaders weigh pandemic lessons
    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:00 AM
    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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  • What are some take-aways from the election
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    If you voted in last week’s election, you were part of the 66.4% 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 writing (and 279 to 217 in the Electoral College), America remains a sharply divided nation. 
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  • Holcomb, Hupfer exploited Myers MIA campaign
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:00 AM
    Gov. Eric Holcomb may equaled a modern plurality record with his 57-32% win over Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, who notched 15% (with 96% of precincts counted).
    In 1992, Democrat Gov. Evan Bayh defeated Attorney General Linley Pearson by a 25.1% margin, though Holcomb’s 1.576 million votes bests Bayh’s 1.382 million votes. While Bayh had to deal with a split 50/50 House and a Republican Senate following his landslide, Gov. Holcomb enters his second term with super majorities in the House and Senate, the GOP holding every Statehouse constitutional office, a 9-2 advantage in the congressional delegation, 71 out of 115 mayors, and north of 80% of county courthouse offices and above 90% of county commissioners.
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