‘Any’ Abortion Restriction Bill Poised for General Assembly Passage

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 repeal Roe v. Wade. The U.S. Supreme Court voted…

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‘Liberty Defense’ GOP Insurgency Was a Dud

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. Liberty Defense, based in Bluffton, was formed to confront Gov. Eric Holcomb’s pandemic mandates and…

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Biblical Scenarios Surrounding the Despot Putin

Are you losing sleep at night as Russian despot Vladimir Putin continues to rattle his nuclear saber? It’s a question I’ve been posing to Hoosier Members of Congress these past few weeks. “You need to know I am receiving fairly frequent classified briefings these days,” U.S. Sen. Todd Young told me on April 13. “You…

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A Hoosier 4/20 Day Like No Other

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’s a plant.” A few weeks later, Indiana State…

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Ten Classic Political Speeches Spoken on Indiana Soil

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. There has been great, enlightened oratory over the centuries here in Indiana. Here are…

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Veto Override on May 24, But June 18 Could Be GOP Reckoning

Word out across the Hoosier prairie these days is that many House Republicans are angered about Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of the transgender athletic bill last month. That was demonstrated not only by critical statements of legislators, but also three members of the Indiana congressional delegation as well as Attorney General Todd Rokita. “Girls’ sports…

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The Looming And Crowded GOP Gubernatorial Field

Are you running for governor in 2024? That was the question I had for U.S. Rep. Jim Banks as we had coffee Monday afternoon. Just hours earlier, two Indiana reporters had suggested that U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth was the “frontrunner” for this open seat. “I haven’t ruled anything out,” Banks responded. “I will say candidly…

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The Looming And Crowded GOP Gubernatorial Field

Are you running for governor in 2024? That was the question I had for U.S. Rep. Jim Banks as we had coffee Monday afternoon. Just hours earlier, two Indiana reporters had suggested that U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth was the “frontrunner” for this open seat. “I haven’t ruled anything out,” Banks responded. “I will say candidly…

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Approaching Putin’s Nuclear Brink

About every 80 years since the American Revolution began in 1776, there have been decisive pivot points or cataclysms in history. It was followed by the Civil War eight decades later. There were a cluster of pivot points in the first half of the 20th Century, including the Great Depression (1929), President Franklin Roosevelt’s New…

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Education ‘Reforms’ Come At Volatile Time

Here’s a pop quiz: What do Richard Lugar, Joe Donnelly, Mike Braun, and Todd Huston have in common? Early in their public service careers, they served on local or parochial school boards. This is notable because there is legislation in the Indiana General Assembly – House Bill 1182 – that will politicize school board races,…

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