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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 […]

Commentary: Don Bates Jr. has some big problems

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Commentary: Don Bates Jr. has some big problems

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org If you haven’t paying much attention to the Republican race for State Treasurer, don’t feel bad. I have and one of the candidates has some major issues. I am talking about Don Bates, Jr. He has some serious issues and for some reason thinks blaming the media will make them go […]

Commentary: The free market and free speech

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Commentary: The free market and free speech

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  The Free Market and Free Speech I have always believed that sometimes the free market is the best answer for society’s ills. Yes, you do occasionally need government to step in and correct bad behavior, but often it’s the free market that can do it much quicker. If you need an example, […]

Commentary: Reflections of an Affirmative Action baby

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Commentary: Reflections of an Affirmative Action baby

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  I took the title of this column from the name of a book written by Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter. It was published in 1992, during my last year as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. In it he talks about being the beneficiary of affirmative action, but also being […]

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