After Jeb Bush dropped out of the 2016 presidential race last week, a few of my Jeb-supporting friends voiced concern over the rest of the GOP. Their argument, in large part, was that presidents should serve as a Governor, or at the very least as some sort of executive so that they […]

Experience of every U.S. President

History teachers across the country had a mild heart attack during the Grammys when Google tweeted this: “Who is Alexander Hamilton?” spiking on Google search during #Grammys as #Hamilton wins Best Musical Theater album — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) February 16, 2016 The twittersphere was all over that one. How could […]

A lesson on the Grammys and Google Trends

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

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

Earlier this week, I took a slightly different route from my home in Boone County to downtown: Zionsville Road to 86th to 465 to 65 to West Street. First, this route should be noted for its Mexican joints. From my car, I probably could have spat on 13 different places to […]

Welcome to Indianapolis, Mayor Unknown

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

In politics, there is nothing new under the sun. Everything that is happening has happened before and will probably happen again. Keep that in mind when you think about Indiana Democrats’ challenge of Todd Young’s U.S. Senate Primary signatures. In 2008, I was at my desk in Indiana GOP headquarters […]

A brief history of ballot signature challenges

On my first day as an intern in the Indiana Senate — Organization Day 2003 — an experienced legislator stepped to the podium. He looked back at Kathy Davis, who was at the head of the Chamber in her first day as President of the Senate. “Madam President,” he said, “it’s been a […]

The Governorship is not defined as one-man one-woman

A couple months ago, when news broke that Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann may leave the Pence Administration for Ivy Tech, I was thinking about Harry Potter. That’s not all that unusual. I think about Harry Potter a lot (see chart below), but I don’t find a lot of commonalities between the Statehouse […]

Lt. Governor: The political version of Defense Against the Dark ...

Have you ever kept something — a bold prediction, a funny comment, a great idea — to yourself, only to regret it later when it comes true, they use the joke on SNL, or someone else invents it? That’s how we feel now after last night’s result in Iowa, where a […]

How would Indiana break an election tie?

Winter months at the statehouse are a slog. It’s cold and gray. The average amount of daylight in an Indiana January is 5.3 hours, so you can easily arrive at the statehouse before the sun rises and leave after it sinks below the horizon. There’s an endless string of committee […]

Sign-y Die: Awaiting the annual failure of the cursive bill

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

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