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



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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


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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


Editor’s note: If you use any of this info to pick your Powerball numbers, you aren’t very bright. The drawings are random, and past results have no bearing on future drawings. The thing everybody wants to talk about is Powerball. So, OK. Let’s talk about it. First, a couple of […]

How Often Each Number Has Been Drawn in Powerball



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


The news of the day has to do with ISTEP scores, which we now know dropped precipitously from the 2013-2014 school year to the 2014-2015 school year. In fact, the  pass rates went from 81 percent and 84 percent in English and math, respectively, to 67 and 61 percent. As […]

How bad was Indiana’s test score drop, really?


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