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When my childhood home got a phone call, it was an event. That was partly because my father, a longtime phone-company employee, installed four brass-belled phones throughout our home. The phones … more
  Republicans have such a strong grip on Indiana — holding the governor’s office and super majorities in both legislative chambers — that it is difficult to see beyond the … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Bernie Sanders is rising, and conventional wisdom is that a Democratic nomination of the Vermont Democratic socialist will play right into President Trump’s reelection … more
Thursday was the 100th anniversary of the day Indiana formally ratified the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the women’s suffrage amendment, … more

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” Well, … more
Forget for a moment, if you can, what you think about the dangers of tobacco and the wisdom or folly of government trying to regulate its use. Consider, instead, how you think the laws dictating your … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Since 1999 I’ve done an annual exercise, the Howey Politics Indiana Power 50 List, and this year’s version finds Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Eric Holcomb and … more
Well here we are 10 days into the new year. For those of you who made resolutions, how are they coming along? As for me, I’m still laying the groundwork for some of my goals this year. Over … more
“Think of a story that impacted your life. It can be something that happened to you. It can be a movie or a book. It could have happened yesterday or half a lifetime ago.” Educator and … more

Another year gone, another reset of the calendar, which means it is time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. The usual changeover rituals are too limited in one … more
2020 brings with it the excitement of not only a new year, but a new decade.And it is sure to be an historical decade for our community. The groundwork laid from months of planning, research and hard … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Since House Democrats impeached President Trump on a mostly party line vote late last month, I’ve been pretty outspoken that his future should be determined by the voters … more
Here’s a basic truth about people who make decisions on public policy: they rarely have all the facts they want. Over the years, I’ve sat in countless meetings in which, after we’d … more
To the Fort Wayne police officer who stopped me on Bluffton Road the Saturday before Christmas: A belated thank you. I wish I had thought to say it at the time. It’s not that I was … more

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters. Voting rights is a fundamental right and all eligible voters should have the equal opportunity to exercise that right. … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s two most competitive congressional districts are both open seats in 2020 and are mirror images of each other. The 1st District being vacated by 18-term U.S. Rep. … more
At this time of year when many of us make resolutions, the League of Women Voters encourages all to include citizen engagement in your goals for 2020. The American governmental system, conceived … more
I love the New Year holiday. Over the years, I’ve celebrated the New Year many different ways. I’ve done it quietly, and sometimes, not so quietly. I’ve done it alone, and sometimes … more
I’m such a cynic sometimes. The superintendent of our school district is retiring, and local education officials are making a big deal about considering public input in the naming of her … more

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch continued on their historic reelection arc as the Indiana Republican ticket is poised to report a year-end balance of $8.35 million … more
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