Midterm Elections 2014—Democrats: Déjà vu All Over Again

I have always admired clergy with a congregation who have to come up with original (or original sounding) sermons on a weekly basis. Often times the same scriptural material is being covered, but the sermon has to seek fresh meaning. I admire that ability, but I don’t think I possess it. Let me be blunt. For those who have read … Continue reading

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What Hath the Mid-terms Wrought? Potential Scenarios of Republican Behavior

Returning to my discussion of the mid-term elections, I have been musing on what the Republicans might do now that they have control of the both houses of Congress. Clearly, despite low voter turnout and a somewhat confused electorate (they voted like Democrats for ballot initiatives and like Republicans for elected officials), the Republicans are going to continue to claim … Continue reading

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Joe Hogsett Announced for Mayor: A Textbook Start to His Campaign

I am intercalating a post on local politics between my reflections on the mid-term elections because politicians everywhere can learn from the most masterful campaign announcement I have seen in ages. Now to be clear, as a Democrat I have been pleased with our prospects for a new Mayor ever since Frank Short first announced that he was running. The … Continue reading

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Midterm Election 2014: A Postmortem

Two days after the 2014 midterm election—the sun rose again today. For Democrats, this isn’t a happy time, but let’s get this one over. OK, the Democrats got whomped—big time. There, I said it. Let’s look at this from all sides and see if we can gain some perspective. First, is there a real message here and if so, what … Continue reading

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Ebola, AIDS, and Bad Public Policy

Yesterday, I posted about the Centennial of Jonas Salk’s birth. As I mentioned, during my early years, polio was a very real and very scary disease. After Dr. Salk (and Dr. Albert Sabin), it has been fading into memory. When I met Dr. Salk, AIDS was the new scary disease. In America we tended to view it as a “gay … Continue reading

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Jonas Salk: A Personal Memory

Tuesday would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk. I am of that age when I can remember pictures of iron lungs as news, not history, and polio was a real threat that was tamed while I was beginning elementary school.  Jonas Salk was a national hero and an inspiration for countless young people who would seek careers … Continue reading

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2014 Marion County Voter Guide

The 2014 Indiana General Election is rapidly approaching.  Hopefully this post will provide the information that citizens of Marion County need to exercise their right to vote.  There are many state and county offices up for election.  Most importantly, the deadline to register to vote in Indiana is noon on Monday, October 6.  Therefore, if you are reading this before … Continue reading

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Pence Plays Shell Game with Domestic Violence Funding

Since Indiana’s Governor Pence repeatedly highlights his pro-life beliefs and priority to the family unit, it’s understandable his 12 appointees to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) would be addressing the rise in domestic violence along with the rest of the country. Calls to shelters in Indiana have increased dramatically: one shelter has turned away 79 individuals in the past … Continue reading

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The Marriage Equality Train is Picking Up Speed!

Last week at our Indianapolis PFLAG meeting, our guest speaker, attorney Steve Fulk, shared some of the history of the LGBT movement in the United States. Relatively speaking, this is a fairly new movement.  We know that gay people have existed since time began; however, Steve marks the Stonewall Rising as the beginning of the “movement” in our country. Even … Continue reading

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Senator Donnelly’s Support for Overturning Citizens United

Every generation of Americans has amended the Constitution, and the proposed Democracy For All Amendment – which gets big money out of our political system – could be our generation’s legacy. It comes up for a vote in the U.S. Senate next Monday, but U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has yet to add his name as a co-sponsor. That’s why we’ll … Continue reading

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