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Commentary: Take the LGBT issue local

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Commentary: Take the LGBT issue local

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org No one should be surprised that the same body of lawmakers that can’t pass Sunday alcohol sales couldn’t agree on how to thread the need of civil rights protections for the LGBT community while respecting religious freedom and rights of conscience. That may sound a little harsh, but it is true. […]

Commentary: Been ‘butt-hurt’ lately?

Commentary: Been ‘butt-hurt’ lately?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org It used to be that if you found something “offensive” you either complained to the appropriate individuals or kept it to yourself. Now, with the internet and social media, we’re all butt hurt over every possible slight. What does “butt hurt” mean? Well, it’s a slang term that essentially means “Overly […]

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Commentary: Stars, bars and silliness

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org For reasons that should seem pretty obvious, I have never been a big fan of the Confederate flag. And after last month’s massacre in Charleston, SC, I am even less of fan. Now before we go any further, let me make it clear: I do not think the Confederate flag should […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

Commentary: My early Christmas present

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Commentary: My early Christmas present

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Although I don’t celebrate Christmas, I did get an early present this year. A couple years ago my mother was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My siblings and I had noticed earlier that she was getting a little more forgetful, but we all just attributed that to getting older. However, things were getting to […]

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Commentary: Republicans get played in immigration debate

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org In this past week’s debate over immigration the president played the GOP opposition like a Stradivarius violin, which is surprising following the recent mid-term election results. In a nutshell, the president’s plan gives legal status (not citizenship or permanent residence) to about 5 million undocumented immigrants. They have to have kids […]

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Commentary: What’s wrong with a little work?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When did “work” turn into a four-letter word? Did I miss something? I thought working, so you could be independent and not have to rely on others, was a good thing; apparently not to critics of Gov. Mike pence and his administration’s move that able-bodied individuals actually work or look for […]

Commentary: Give locals video gaming

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Commentary: Give locals video gaming

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I think I’ve found a possible answer to some of Indiana’s local government money problems – video gaming machines. Allow me to explain. You see, I was in my home state of Illinois this past weekend taking care of the usual business, and while there I spent some time Friday night […]

Commentary: So, Abdul, what exactly are you?

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Commentary: So, Abdul, what exactly are you?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org “Is Abdul a journalist? A commentator? An entertainer? A gossip-monger? All of the above?” That was a fair question raised by my colleague Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana in his recent column about changes in Indiana news media titled “Media, When the going gets weird…”  In it, he laments how […]

Commentary: Glenda, get a grip

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Commentary: Glenda, get a grip

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz complains that the governor and anyone else who believes in high academic standards, accountability and competence are trying to undermine her authority, all I can think of is the old joke about the two kids who murdered their parents and then asked the judge […]

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