With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down.
During the summer Congressional recess, China has devalued its currency, India’s largest domestic airline (IndiGo) made a $27 billion purchase of 250 Airbus aircraft and the stock market suffered a one-day 3 percent drop. What do these things have to do with each other? In each case, if Americans could more easily export our products, U.S. jobs could better survive the ups and downs of today’s global economy.
Successful deployment of statewide broadband service is within reach for Indiana. However, the state must take a proactive, leadership stance to provide the necessary incentives to bring public and private resources together to reach this goal. Without a comprehensive state broadband strategic plan, each region would be left to the costly and time-consuming task of charting its own course independently.
In the evening of March 13, 2013, after the College of Cardinals elected Pope Francis, he appeared on the balcony to speak to the thousands collected in St. Peter’s Square, and millions watched and listened to broadcasts from afar. He spoke plainly and briefly, but his words prepared the world for his future actions, his political and social campaigns and his arrival Tuesday in the United States as part of his Love is Our Mission tour.
At this point, the Obama Administration’s claim that the Iran Nuclear Deal is “a very good deal” would be laughable if it didn’t have such serious and potentially deadly consequences. The details released by the Associated Press last month of a secret side deal between Iran and the IAEA should be enough to end this whole charade.
The string of announcements of new jobs and investment continues to uplift Indiana. The state continually provides information concerning companies moving to Indiana; or for those who currently reside here, announcements of additional investment and job opportunities.
Starting Sept. 15, Indiana residents and businesses that owe past-due taxes to the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR) may be eligible to take advantage of Tax Amnesty 2015, a limited-time opportunity during which taxpayers can pay their overdue taxes free of penalties and fees.
The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large block of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t.
Over the last month, the world awakened to a steady stream of videos showing top officials at Planned Parenthood haggling over the price of aborted baby organs and casually discussing how those organs are harvested.
Each year during the legislative session, members of the Indiana General Assembly conduct committee hearings, participate in debates and take part in discussions with constituents as they consider new laws that will address important issues facing Indiana.
My heart broke recently as I saw news stories on the Internet and on television about our town's mayor. When something like this happens, knowing how to respond can be a challenge. Here are a few thoughts I have on the issue from the perspective of a faith leader in the community.
CORYDON – On Aug. 6, Glenda Ritz, state superintendent of public instruction, met with Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. The conversation was about education ... and only education. “I asked her about some statewide issues, the Cline Avenue Bridge, and she didn’t commit,” McDermott said. “She didn’t really have any input.” McDermott asked her who might run for superintendent and threw out a couple of names and Ritz, he said, “seemed offended.”
The most important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know – it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations, and once in a while nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do it. Everything else follows from that.
That Gov. Mike Pence is continuing his opposition to the federal government’s Clean Power Plan – in fact, he says flat out that Indiana will refuse to comply with the terms of the plan if they don’t change – comes as no surprise.
INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Republican chairman Mike McDaniel had to describe himself as “Switzerland” during the 1996 contested Republican gubernatorial primary. As the 2016 presidential race unfolds with historic unpredictability, the Hoosier state is teeming with neutrality. And it might stay that way well into next March when Super Tuesday will become the big winnowing force.
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