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And the band still plays

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And the band still plays

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The man in the hospital bed didn’t move. A machine helped him breathe. Tubes attached to his arms pumped drugs into his veins.  He was in a coma.  He was dying. He had AIDS. That was a dozen years ago.  He was a colleague at a place […]

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Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

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Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

By Norman Van Cott Indiana Policy Review Foundation A recent Wall Street Journal article describes a Santa Monica, Calif., church distributing holiday food baskets. But the truth is, Walmart and its counterparts spread far more holiday-food cheer than do churches and public-service groups. Scholars estimate that the presence of Walmart in a community reduces food […]

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Commentary: Dancing toward another donnybrook

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Commentary: Dancing toward another donnybrook

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Here we go again. At the same time members of the Congressional deficit supercommittee said they couldn’t find enough common ground even to begin talking about reducing the nation’s debt, Republicans and Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly started lining up for another donnybrook over right-to-work legislation. If you […]

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Analysis: Ballard earned his win

By John Krull The Statehouse File A year ago, Greg Ballard stood poised on the edge of defeat in the mayor’s race. The David Bissard case made it seem as if the police were out of control and managing law enforcement was an issue – in fact, perhaps the only specific issue – the Republican […]

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No place for cowards in right-to-work debate

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No place for cowards in right-to-work debate

By Andrea Neal The Indiana Policy Review The 2012 legislature will be fraught with risk for Democrats and Republicans alike. At some point, lawmakers will have to vote on right-to-work legislation, and those votes will carry political consequences.Those who support it will be targeted by the unions in ads, rallies and election propaganda. Those who […]

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Indy street lights still burning

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Indy street lights still burning

Andrea Neal: Rummaging around in my purse for quarters to feed a parking meter Friday, I muttered something under my breath about City Hall. As a result of Mayor Greg Ballard’s 2010 lease agreement with a private vendor, I not only pay more to park on city streets but have to check my watch to determine if it’s free or not. I’m out $10 since the deal took effect.

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Daniels’ PR machine backfires

Craig Ladwig: A friend of mine, a professor, has a fancy way of telling his family that he’s not doing much — “I’m covering variable costs,” he might say from the couch on a Saturday afternoon. He is using the economist’s term for someone engaged in activity unrelated to overhead.

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