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Last week, former Indiana Congressman Baron Hill announced he would walk across the state in his campaign for U.S. Senate. In a race where he is a severe underdog with an even more severe dollar disadvantage, he’ll need every gimmick he can think of. It’s a solid ploy, and one that […]

Ranking Indiana Campaign Gimmicks



The Indiana Primary is 11 days away, and since no candidate has clinched the Republican or Democratic nomination for president, Indiana matters. That means for the next week and a half, Hoosiers will be courted and wooed like a fairy tale princess (RIP, Prince). Candidates will go from town to […]

Tale of the Tape: Clinton vs. Berne




The United States Supreme Court is more diverse than it has ever been. Sure, you have four white guys. But there are now three women on the court, one African-American, and one Hispanic. But diversity is about more than melanin and chromosomes. The Court, for example, is made up entirely […]

The Supreme Court’s Diversity Problem




Movies are about suspending disbelief. You’re watching a piece of fiction, so of course there are going to be things that are implausible. You just have to go along with most of them, but some plot holes are too goofy to ignore. The quintessential example is Gremlins. Anyone who was around […]

Supreme Court 2: The New Batch






Hamilton Candidates
Now that the calendar has officially turned to 2016 it’s more socially acceptable to talk about the presidential election out in the open. Every political writer worth their salt has posted something this week resetting the stage for Iowa and beyond. Personally, I have not checked the worth of my […]

The “Hamilton” lyric for each 2016 candidate


Of all the road funding plans you’ll hear about in the 2016, Sen. Brandt Hershman has the one that you can take to the bank. Ugh. Even I hate myself for using that pun. It’s Senate Bill 67: a $418 million infusion for local roads that doesn’t use any borrowing […]

Local Road Plan: Float Me a $20



The post below was originally published on my previous site on July 17, 2015. Ritz dropped out of the governor’s race on August 7, but you already knew that. Hey, Hoosiers. On January 11, in a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant made […]

Why Glenda Ritz can’t raise money


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The post below was originally published on my previous site on June 18, 2015. In my defense, this was before the musical Hamilton became huge. Can Lin-Manuel Miranda be on the $10? Stop the (treasury) presses! The federal government is listening to the people.* The Treasury Department announced last night […]

Why putting a woman on the $10 doesn’t matter


The post below was originally published on my previous site on August 12, 2014. Joe Hogsett has since been elected Mayor of Indianapolis, but you already knew that. Hey Hoosiers, welcome to Indiana Explained, where we rip something from the headlines and explain it Indiana-style. Today’s topic: Exploratory Committees. Exploratory […]

EINO: Exploratory in name only