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Commentary: Watch for the hidden agendas

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Commentary: Watch for the hidden agendas

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Magicians know that the secret of the trick is misdirection. One hand waves in the air, commanding the audience’s attention, while the other hand – the hidden hand – does the work that makes the trick happen. The same goes for politics. You have to watch the […]

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Right to work: Two views

The controversial right-to-work legislation – which would free Hoosier workers from paying fees to unions they don’t join – ground the 2010 session of the  General Assembly to a halt and promises to be the dominating issue in 2012 as well. The basics of right to work are fairly easy to understand. Currently, Indiana companies […]

David Niezgodski: Proposal is right to work for less

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David Niezgodski: Proposal is right to work for less

By David Niezgodski State Representative The danger contained in those three simple words – “Right to Work” – is that they sound so innocent. Who could be against having the right to work? But there is nothing simple or innocent about a proposal with a documented history of cutting pay for workers, reducing the benefits […]

Brian Bosma: Putting Hoosiers back to work

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Brian Bosma: Putting Hoosiers back to work

By Brian Bosma Indiana House Speaker With last week’s announcement that attracting more jobs to Indiana is the top priority for the upcoming session, folks on both sides of the worker freedom issue are speaking out. Notwithstanding the rhetoric and scare tactics, it’s time for straight talk about making Indiana the 23rd right to work […]

Chief justice prefers ‘transitioning’ to ‘retiring’

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Chief justice prefers ‘transitioning’ to ‘retiring’

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard looks tired. It is the afternoon of the day he announced his retirement from the Indiana Supreme Court.  When he steps down on March 4, he will have served as chief justice for 25 years and have been on the court for […]

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Commentary: When feds spend highway money, taxpayers get fleeced

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review Right before his inauguration in 2009, Barack Obama invited the nation’s governors to meet with him in Philadelphia to discuss the nation’s economic problems. Gov. Mitch Daniels teamed up with his buddy, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, to start a conversation about federal stimulus spending. Their idea was for the […]

Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

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Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

By Norman Van Cott Indiana Policy Review Foundation A recent Wall Street Journal article describes a Santa Monica, Calif., church distributing holiday food baskets. But the truth is, Walmart and its counterparts spread far more holiday-food cheer than do churches and public-service groups. Scholars estimate that the presence of Walmart in a community reduces food […]