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Commentary: Thank you for smoking

By Abdul-Hakim Shabazz The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Allow me to start this column out by saying that there is nothing better in this world than a decent Davidoff Grand Cru series cigar, a gin martini with two olives and the company of a beautiful woman (in my case, that would be my wife). Now, […]

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Commentary: Is Mike Wherry the next Secretary of State?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File As the Indiana Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether Charlie White or Vop Osili should have been Secretary of State, allow me to throw another name into the mix: Mike Wherry. He the Libertarian who ran for the job and could quite possibly be Indiana’s next Secretary of […]

The legislative “half-time report”

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The legislative “half-time report”

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File As happy as I was for Indianapolis to successfully host Super Bowl 46, I really wasn’t all that excited about the game. Not so much because the Chicago Bears didn’t make it, but because I am more of a baseball fan. I can get excited about the Chicago White […]

How not to win friends and influence people

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How not to win friends and influence people

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File As someone who has covered government and politics for 20 years, the most important rule I have learned is that perception is reality. No matter how much you say you love widows, orphans and puppies, it doesn’t do you any good to be seen owning the company that’s about […]