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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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Commentary: No false witness in marriage debate, please

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Recently on my weekend radio program on WIBC-FM in Indianapolis, we were discussing the proposed marriage amendment Indiana lawmakers will likely take up when they return in January. I had a caller on the air who said while he did not have a problem personally with same-gender marriage, he was worried […]

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Commentary: Ritz should focus on job duties, not lawsuits

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Lately, I haven’t written much about the folks at the superintendent of public instruction’s office because they haven’t done much of anything. Literally, they haven’t done much of anything. The office has been missing deadlines regarding a number of issues critical to Indiana’s education policy. It’s failed to promulgate rules for […]

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Commentary: Is tea time over?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I would like to think the nice thing about many members of the Tea Party being religious conservatives is that it should make it easier to have a come-to-Jesus meeting. Guys, we need to talk and do it before 2014 gets here. With all due respect, you need to either stop […]

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The Affordable Care Act is making me sick

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Every time I see something in the media regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) all it does is make me sick to my stomach. I have maintained that this legislation was going to be a disaster and everything I see proves I am correct. Now I know my friends on the […]

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Commentary: Right to work was the right thing to do

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  When I read a few weeks ago that a Lake County judge had ruled that Indiana’s passage of right to work violated the state constitution, I had to work really hard to keep a straight face. I frankly didn’t know which was more amusing – the fact that it was a […]

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Commentary: Abdul speaks for himself

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  As a local media figure, I frequently run into people who watch, read or listen to my daily musings about the issues of the day. Sometimes they agree with me and other times they disagree. Usually I am cool either way. I just tell them I am glad they are watching, […]