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More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government. Incandescent with anger, … more
NASHVILLE, Ind. — President Trump doesn’t look to be in much danger of losing his office this winter. But if history teaches us anything from past 20th Century impeachment efforts, his … more
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Just because a mentor starts unconsciously humming Motown tunes during a heart-to-heart talk with you about temptations, that doesn’t mean his advice is irrelevant. A church in Cottage … more
Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters has an unique grassroots network of volunteers and activist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Indiana is home to 24 local Leagues. The … more

I recently came across a few interesting tidbits regarding American money so thought I would share with you today. Prior to the Civil War, banks printed our paper money, not the federal … more
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
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