Andrew Downs http://wboi.org en They Gathered in Indy to Talk About What? http://wboi.org/post/they-gathered-indy-talk-about-what <p><a href="http://nipr.fm/post/wboi-presents-mount-vernon-assembly-and-constitutional-amendments" target="_blank">A recent episode of <em>WBOI Presents</em></a> featured IPFW historian Jeffrey Malanson and political scientist Mike Wolf discussing the two ways the <a href="http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html" target="_blank">United States Constitution</a> can be amended according to <a href="http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/article-v.html" target="_blank">Article V</a>.&nbsp; One of the methods has been used 27 times.&nbsp; The other has never been Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:16:35 +0000 Andrew Downs 32401 at http://wboi.org They Gathered in Indy to Talk About What? WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments http://wboi.org/post/wboi-presents-mount-vernon-assembly-and-constitutional-amendments <p></p><p>A group of state legislators from around the United States met June 12th and 13th at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss an idea that's never been tested: a convention of the states aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:50:55 +0000 Sean Bueter 31870 at http://wboi.org WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments Summer Committees Offer Legislative Insight http://wboi.org/post/summer-committees-offer-legislative-insight <p>The <a href="http://iga.in.gov/">Indiana General Assembly</a> meets in session until the end of April in odd-numbered years.&nbsp; This is known as the long-session and is when the two-year budget is drafted and approved.&nbsp;</p><p>In even-numbered years, the General Assembly meets in session until the middle of March.&nbsp; This is known as the short-session.&nbsp; You can see the archive of legislative activity and deadline information <a href="http://www.in.gov/legislative/2414.htm">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:09:23 +0000 Andrew Downs 31053 at http://wboi.org Summer Committees Offer Legislative Insight No One Said It Would Be Easy http://wboi.org/post/no-one-said-it-would-be-easy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minnesota</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has one of those problems many states would like to have. It is trying to figure out what do to with a </span><a href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/minnesota-budget-surplus" style="line-height: 1.5;">growing budget surplus</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the </span><a href="http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Minnesota was the ninth best rate in the United States at 4.7% and the economy is growing.&nbsp; </span><a href="https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/projections/Results.aspx?dataset=2&amp;geog=2701000000&amp;code=" style="line-height: 1.5;">Short-term projections for the state</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are that there will be 42,000 more jobs by the fourth quarter of 2014 than there were in the fourth quarter of 2013.&nbsp; </span> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:32:36 +0000 Andrew Downs 28249 at http://wboi.org No One Said It Would Be Easy Both Parties Can Agree on This http://wboi.org/post/both-parties-can-agree <p>What is the role of government?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conservatives and liberals spend quite a bit of time arguing about this question.&nbsp; Even when they agree on a role the government is supposed to play, they often will argue about how the government is supposed to play that role.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>While the ideological differences between the two parties can explain their varying perspectives on the role of government, the reality is that even those with the same ideology disagree on what they want government to do. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:36:55 +0000 Andrew Downs 27068 at http://wboi.org Both Parties Can Agree on This Constitutional Debate Creates Teachable Moments http://wboi.org/post/constitutional-debate-creates-teachable-moments <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">(Ed. note: This month, we're launching a series of weekly columns from contributors across the community on topics like health, politics, food and more. This is the second column in our series.)</em></p><p></p><p>Indiana’s <a href="https://learningconnection.doe.in.gov/Standards/About.aspx?art=11">education standards</a> include requirements regarding civics and government. &nbsp;But I am a realist.&nbsp; I know that just because a standard exists, there is no guarantee that a student will retain information any longer than it takes to through a test, if that long.&nbsp; Life has an interesting way of providing moments when those things we were required to learn, and forgot, suddenly have relevance.&nbsp; The legislative process is one of those things.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:51:37 +0000 Andrew Downs 25921 at http://wboi.org Constitutional Debate Creates Teachable Moments