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Thank you, dear readers! When we first conceived of creating a new political blog near the end of 2011, we were hoping to provide a voice for ideas we felt passionately about and to provide a forum for others like ourselves. We set as our goals that we should educate our readers on the issues, advocate for the changes that … Continue reading

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Bell Curves, Performance Evaluations and Teachers: A Little Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous Thing

It’s that time of year when many companies are doing their annual performance reviews. For some people, this will be used to determine their compensation in the coming year and for others, it may mean the possibility for a promotion. Sadly, some companies use this as an annual excuse to fire a bunch of people. This is all based on … Continue reading

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The Michigan Decision Striking Down the Ban on Same-sex Marriage: Reverberations in Indiana

Mark Regnerus is a social scientist at the University of Texas in Austin.  In 2012 he published a study called “New Family Structures Study” (NFSS) in which he purported to assess adult outcomes of children who reported that one of their parents had been in a “romantic relationship with someone of the same sex” during their childhood years. The NFSS … Continue reading

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Indiana’s Zoeller and March Madness: This Time it isn’t Basketball

In the history of Indiana’s love for basketball, the name Zeller refers to three brothers who led their respective Washington, IN teams to State title games. It’s bracket time again, but the madness in Indiana now also applies to the General Assembly, which dedicated much of their short session to keep alive marriage discrimination legislation.  And the Zoeller in the … Continue reading

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County Prosecutors Often Illegally Ban Alcohol Consumption as a Condition of Probation

The overcrowding of our prisons and jails is a common problem in the United States, including here in Indianapolis. Just a few years ago, county officials entered into a plan to reduce overcrowding in the Marion County jails, a plan that in 2007 alone cost $5 million.  For most communities, the solution to the overcrowding problem is to build more … Continue reading

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Give Felons the Second Chance They Deserve: It’s Time to Ban “The Box” for Good

Kudos to the Indianapolis City-County Council for recently passing a proposal to ban “the box” indicating felony conviction on all city- and county-related job applications. Mayor Greg Ballard should readily affirm the ordinance and begin to lead our region and state in re-entry reform. In fact, now is the time for all employers to drop “the box.” “The box,” found … Continue reading

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Indiana Movie Premier Highlights Much That is Wrong with Indiana Education Laws

The documentary Rise Above the Mark premiered at Clowes Hall on the Butler University Campus February 28th. In the film, economists from Purdue University studied the actual dollars that have been spent on public education from 2002 – 2012.  Their conclusion was indisputable: Indiana Legislators are defunding public education. This has led school districts around the state to make budget … Continue reading

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Victory or Not: How Can We Help our LGBT Community Heal?

Last week the full Senate voted to pass HJR-3 in its current form—without the second sentence which would have banned civil unions and “anything resembling marriage.”  Many people are calling this a victory because HJR-3 will not be on the ballot this year.  This victory was won by the thousands of Hoosiers who made phone calls, wrote letters, and spoke … Continue reading

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Help Take the House: Make Calls for Alex Sink in Florida

It should be obvious to everyone who reads this blog that the largest impediment to all national progressive initiatives is the current Republican leadership of the U. S. House of Representatives.  It is considered by many that the chances of the Democratic Party of regaining the House in 2014 are slim although currently the Republicans hold the majority by only … Continue reading

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HJR-3 and Our Victory: Vigilance is Still Imperative

The opponents of HJR-3 have had a victory. The state legislature has backed off from its attempt to ban all possible recognition of LGBT couples and retreated to its less radical attempt to enshrine its refusal to recognize marriages for LGBT couples. While this is a partial victory, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the end of the anti-LGBT … Continue reading

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