By category Policy


A few weeks ago, we wrote about our idea for a judicial Rooney Rule to increase the diversity of our state courts. At the time, we cited some stats from 2002, because numbers from the legal field were pretty hard to come by. Today, a nationwide study called Gavel Gap was […]

Diversity on the bench


If you’re like me (spoiler alert: you probably aren’t), you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how you would fund government if you were building Indiana from scratch. Maybe you’re a person who thinks property taxes are evil and should be abolished. Maybe you aspire to eliminate all individual income […]

Design Indiana’s tax system from scratch




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From Indiana Explained global headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, it’s pretty easy to get a sandwich. In a five-block radius, I can access seven different Subway restaurants. There’s the one with the crazy lady by the Statehouse. There’s one in the Hyatt, where the crazy lady doesn’t work, but they don’t […]

The absurd state of auto dealer laws


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Later this week, the Indiana Elections Commission will hear challenges against Todd Young for what opponents say is a failure to meet Indiana’s ballot access laws. We covered the brief history of such ballot challenges last week. We think Young will stay on the ballot, and he may in fact come […]

U.S. Senate ballot access laws by state


A couple weeks ago at IE, we posted an early celebration of the life and death of the cursive handwriting mandate. The bill is still dying a slow and painful death in the House Education Committee, but the cause is spreading. Today, the handwriting debate was featured on the Freakonomics […]

Freakonomics tackles handwriting





If you live in Indiana and have a pulse, you probably received a legislative survey or two in the past couple of weeks. And having created these franked mail pieces and worked with these lists in my career, I’m not so sure you even need a pulse. Today, I got […]

In which I respond to my legislative survey



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At the Statehouse this year, there is a battle brewing. A battle that involves deeply and sincerely held beliefs. A battle that could very well determine the economic and social future of Indiana. A battle that all comes down to four words and a comma. Or, if you prefer, four […]

Four Words and an Oxford Comma


We hold this truth to be self-evident, that not all Joint Resolutions are created equal. For the second year in a row, State Rep. Ryan Dvorak has introduced a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that removes all gender-specific references. House Joint Resolution 1 is a proposed amendment that would […]

A New Constitutional Apersondment