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The Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized WIBC radio host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz for best column writing. Shabazz received the award at an event Friday night honoring Indiana journalism. He won 1st place for his column, “Turning Snowflakes Into...
As I sat down and watched Indianapolis Mayor Joe’s Hogsett’s second State of the City speech, two thoughts came to mind. The mayor is a great at two things, giving an impassioned speech that reaches the heart of the listener and leaving me with more questions when he’s done. In...
I love it when people tell me that “there are no jobs out there”. And even though I point to Indiana’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate and 64.4 percent worker participation rate, they still tell me that they can’t find a job because they’re black, have a criminal record or are an...
If there is one thing I'm learning coming out of this session at the Indiana Statehouse, is despite making a lot of progress on the fiscal and economic fronts, state government still has a long way to go to catch with the 21st century when it comes to understanding technology...
There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding. Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting...
Indiana’s alcohol laws will drive you to drink. We all know how ridiculous it is that you can’t buy alcohol on Sunday or cold beer at a grocery store or gas station (make that most gas stations). But did you know in a liquor store you can’t sell cold soda or bottled still water...
Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA. A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over "right to work, " and Democrats fled to Champaign, IL bringing the government to a halt. And just last year we were all...
(With Congress on the road to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, I thought it was appropriate to dust off this column I wrote back in 2012. It was brilliant then and is even more so now. ) As a conservative-libertarian leaning political pundit, I am now convinced...
As Indiana lawmakers enter the second half of the 2017 session, the big focus will continue to be on roads and infrastructure and how do we pay for them. Indiana has $1 billion in annual road needs and needs a long-term plan to make it happen. House Republicans get major kudos...