Attorney General Greg Zoeller Again Puts His Narrow Ideology over Improving the Lives of Working Hoosiers

Attorney General Zoeller has repeatedly shown a willingness to use the vast powers and resources of his office to push his extreme ideological agenda. While he has lately been busy  seeking to deny gays and lesbian the benefits of marriage, he is also determined to strip hundreds of thousands of working Hoosiers of desperately-needed health insurance by mounting yet another … Continue reading

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The Judge Agrees, Thou Shalt Not Steal: Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Right-to-Work-for-Less Law

Lake County Circuit Court Judge George Paras ruled that Indiana’s so called right-to-work (RTW) statute violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to workers without compensation. The union in question, United Steelworkers, provides bargaining and grievance services to all employees at the steel mills in their bargaining units regardless of membership in the union. Under the state’s … Continue reading

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Education—Civic and Public: A Path toward American Unity

I often learn about important, but under-reported news from my fellow bloggers. Recently, this happened again with Sheila Kennedy posting on the new proposed priorities for discretionary grant programs issued by the U. S. Department of Education. While you can read the full text linked above, I thought it would be worthwhile to list the fifteen items they included. #1—Improving … Continue reading

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Children at our Borders: Disease-Ridden, Criminal Invaders or Asylum Seekers?

As I was driving home the other day, a group of people was gathered on the overpass with their usual “Honk if you want to impeach Obama” banner (no one honked) and the sign du jour: “Protect our borders”. They were just a small group of anti-Obama people that gather there periodically, but the ugly face of nativism mixed with … Continue reading

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Greg Zoeller’s Claim That He Has an “Obligation” to Defend Indiana’s Marriage Discrimination Laws Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Attorney General Greg Zoeller must be feeling some political heat from the majority of Hoosiers who now support the right of gays and lesbians to marry the person they love. In a letter appearing in July 2nd‘s Indianapolis Star, Zoeller now claims he had no choice but to defend Indiana’s marriage discrimination laws. He also excuses his decision to seek … Continue reading

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Three Days in Indiana: Love Interrupted

The past week and a half has not seen such a huge flurry of activity in Indiana regarding the status of same-sex marriage since last winter’s hearings on HJR-3.  Last Wednesday, Judge Richard L. Young ruled that Indiana’s state law banning same-sex couples from marrying or having their marriages from other states recognized was struck down as unconstitutional.  Almost immediately, … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Corporate Religious Liberty

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that corporations, which are somehow people, have religious rights, except only some of them do, and that those rights only exist if they object to abortion and/or contraception, when they are sincerely held, but no other sincerely held religious beliefs count. If that long sentence seems confusing, so is the logic of the majority opinion. … Continue reading

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Bringing Indiana into the 21st Century: Victory for Marriage Equality

Today, US District Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana’s laws banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case in question, Bakin et al v. Bogan et al was filed in March of this year. Judge Young had previously ruled that Indiana had to recognize the Massachusetts marriage of one … Continue reading

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Fixing our Streets: Avoiding Long-term Financing of Projects with Short Lifespans

Recently I was on vacation in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Portions of the street leading to where we were staying really showed municipal neglect. Still, neglect alone has nothing over neglect plus winter; the streets of Indianapolis are much worse. I don’t really want to comment on the little spat that the City-County Council had with the Department of Public Works … Continue reading

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Cowardice and Cronyism (Public Asset Sales and Broad Ripple TIF Money) or How E-mail Juxtaposition Teaches Us Why Government is So Unpopular

I get too much e-mail. Like many people, I asked for it by giving my e-mail address away too often, but sometimes my inbox puts two messages next to each other that make me think. Returning from a vacation to an overflowing inbox, I had just such an incident. First, I had an e-mail from Citizens Energy explaining in very … Continue reading

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