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Commentary: Pay for your own primary

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Commentary: Pay for your own primary

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org With the May primary being about a month away, a few things popped on my radar screen to make me think that it’s probably time for Indiana to change the way it conducts primaries. No I take that back, it’s time to eliminate taxpayer-funded primaries. I reached this conclusion after doing […]

Commentary: Keep an eye on Illinois

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Commentary: Keep an eye on Illinois

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org   As I sit down and write this column, I am at my kitchen table with my coffee and newspaper in front of me. However, the newspaper is not the Indy Star but the Springfield State-Journal Register and the kitchen is in my other home more than 200 miles away from […]

Commentary: Racial sensitivity 101

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Commentary: Racial sensitivity 101

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org In the past week I have had to deal with stories where a north central Indiana Tea Party “leader” used a tamale reference with regards to a Hispanic State lawmaker. A white Indianapolis restaurant owner dresses in blackface as part of New Orleans-themed Fat Tuesday celebration. And in Bedford at a […]

Commentary: Statehouse social media

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Commentary: Statehouse social media

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org A week or so ago, Republican State Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel talked about his “tweet heard around the world.”  He sent out a Twitter message that there were not enough votes in the Senate caucus to restore the second sentence banning civil unions into HJR-3, the marriage amendment. Delph had […]

Commentary: When it comes to HJR 3, delay is just as good as denial

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Commentary: When it comes to HJR 3, delay is just as good as denial

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have to give it to Indiana lawmakers. Just when I think they are about to do something that is not only silly, but politically short-sighted, they pull themselves back from the brink. In this case, it was the marriage amendment. You know what I mean. The Senate voted Monday 32-17 […]

Commentary: How to succeed in reducing business personal property tax without really trying

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Commentary: How to succeed in reducing business personal property tax without really trying

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  As Indiana lawmakers try to figure out what to do about the reduction/phase out/elimination of the business personal property tax (BPPT), I figured the least I could do is offer 150 of my closest friends and acquaintances a little assistance in reaching a solution. As someone who philosophically likes cutting taxes, […]

Commentary: The legislative halftime report

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Commentary: The legislative halftime report

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Well, it’s that time of session again. It’s the point where lawmakers hit the halfway point and political talking heads like me offer an assessment of what’s good, what’s bad and where the jury is still out. So here we go. Good SB 176 – Allows for a local referendum in […]

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Commentary: Be mindful what you poll for

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org If you are a supporter of HJR-3, otherwise known as the marriage amendment, the latest poll by Indiana House and Senate Republicans cannot make you feel good, especially if you break it down and really dig into it. Just to get everyone back up to speed, the language in the amendment […]

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Commentary: Grading the governor – again

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org  Back in July, I wrote a column in which I gave Mike Pence a “mid-term” grade for his performance as governor. At the time, I gave him a “B/B+.” The grade was based on several categories. Relationship with the legislature: B Spelling out a vision: A Communication: C Political manuevering: B+ […]

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Commentary: Abdul’s legislative wish list for 2014

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  As a political junkie, especially when it comes to state and local politics, there is nothing more fun than being under the Capitol dome as Indiana lawmakers gather to deal with the big issues of the day. Yes, they do occasionally get bogged down in things I wish they wouldn’t, but […]

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