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Commentary: James Brady, an uncertain legacy

By Stephen M. King Indiana Policy Review Foundation James Brady, former press secretary for President Ronald Reagan who died Aug. 4., was one of several individuals, including President Ronald Reagan, shot and wounded in the attempted 1981 assassination outside the Washington Hilton. He later recovered and became an advocate for stronger national gun-control laws, including the famous 1993 Brady law, […]

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Commentary: Work share…reduced hours for all or layoffs for a few?

By Maryann O. Keating Indiana Policy Review At dinner, the four year old reported that her nursery school classmate, Billy, had a bad day and acted mean. When asked what the teacher did, the four year old replied wide-eyed, “She took away Billy’s job.” Most of us can empathize with Billy’s symbolic loss of group […]

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Commentary: When constitutions fail

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Do we put too much stock in constitutions? What if securing liberty is harder work than putting words on paper? Our foundation tried to answer that question 20 years ago this month. It filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Legislature, which had hidden a pay raise in a package […]

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Commentary: Rulings on same-sex marriage benefits leave states like Indiana with uncertainty

By Stephen M. King Indiana Policy Review In U.S. vs. Windsor, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denying federal benefits to legally-married couples was unconstitutional. The court, however, left intact Section 2 of DOMA, which essentially says that all 37 states that do […]

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Commentary: Immigration policy … a testimonial

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review A few hours on one of those genealogical web sites can put the immigration debate into sharp personal focus. I stumbled on her picture, a criminal mug shot actually, while looking for more glamorous ancestry. She was my great-grandmother, a suspected enemy alien. Wilma Philipina Rosina Haug Bader was […]

Guest column: Great journalists remind us why journalism still matters

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Guest column: Great journalists remind us why journalism still matters

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review A recent survey ranked newspaper reporter as the worst career of 2013, just below meter reader and lumberjack, but you wouldn’t guess it from the stories told by journalists who gathered in Bloomington to see six of their own inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Journalism “still […]

Guest column: The income tax centennial

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Guest column: The income tax centennial

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review Foundation This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 16th Amendment’s income tax, passed in the last days of the Taft Administration in February 1913. It was the first change in the Constitution since 1870, giving Congress “the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever […]

Commentary Part 2: Examining the claimed benefits of the toll road lease

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Commentary Part 2: Examining the claimed benefits of the toll road lease

By Stephen King Indiana Policy Review Note: This is the second in a three-part series about the Indiana Toll Road lease. The claimed benefits of the Indiana Toll Road concession lease are fairly straightforward. Their examination makes up the second major issue in this series on Indiana transportation funding. The benefits can be listed as: […]

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Commentary Part 1: Evaluating Gov. Daniels’ lease of the Indiana Toll Road

By Stephen King Indiana Policy Review Note: This is the first in a three-part series about the Indiana Toll Road lease. Seven years ago Gov. Mitch Daniels’ “Major Moves” legislation passed along partisan lines authorizing dramatic changes in the Indiana’s transportation-funding system. Those changes included a $3.8-billion, 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road to […]

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Commentary: ‘The Other America’ is ‘Coming Apart’

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review Published 50 years ago, Michael Harrington’s The Other America provided a sweeping description of poverty in the United States. His book is given credit for awakening the nation to the plight of the poor and forwarding the idea that the federal government should become heavily involved in trying to […]

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