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Opinion - Politics
5:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

When Choosing a Presidential Hopeful, Look Beyond the Headlines

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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The first presidential debate is scheduled for Aug. 6th on Fox News.  This might seem ridiculous given that the presidential election is 16 months away (for those planning ahead: it's Nov. 8, 2016). But keep two things in mind.

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Opinion - Health
11:59 am
Wed July 15, 2015

William S.E. “Doc" Coleman and Getting Paid to Talk

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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William S.E. “Doc” Coleman was a dynamic fixture. I did not know him particularly well, and leave the romantic remembrances of his long and illustrious life to others to mark and celebrate.

But I did know him a little. He did his best to direct me in my middling efforts as an actor at Drake University in the mid-1990s. His laugh and his knowing looks are easily remembered. But what strikes me most about his passing on July 8th is how different it was than it might have been even 10 or 15 years ago.

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Opinion - Politics
4:08 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Is Pence’s Reelection Bid in Trouble?

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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In June, Bellwether Research and Consulting released a poll examining Hoosiers' views of Gov. Mike Pence and some of his possible opponents in 2016.  The immediate reaction was that the reelection bid by Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in trouble. 

There were reasons to think this:

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Opinion - Health
4:35 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Obamacare and SCOTUS, Part III: A Primer and Opinions on King v. Burwell

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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It turns out that 7 out of 10 surveyed individuals in the U.S. are unaware of the Supreme Court case (and eminent ruling on) King v. Burwell.

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Opinion - Politics
1:15 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Measuring Success in Policy Not as Easy as it Seems

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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The Indiana General Assembly completed its work right at the mandated deadline of April 29th and most of the legislation that was passed will go into effect on July 1st.  While people might think of the legislative process as being over at this point, the public policy process is not.  An often forgotten part of the process is determining whether or not a policy has worked.

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Opinion - Health
12:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Pushing the Needle: a Therapeutic Approach to Drug Use and Social Harm

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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A lot has been made recently of the HIV cases in southeastern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence responded to the crisis by allowing the use of a needle exchange program in that part of Indiana. He then extended the needle exchange program because it appeared to be working.

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Opinion - Politics
5:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

At the Statehouse, Another Memorable Session...Or Was It?

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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The Indiana General Assembly is required to complete its work no later than April 29th in the years when they pass a two-year budget.  It is quite common for them to work right up to that deadline like they did this year. 

As this session ended, people began talking about how memorable this session was.  They certainly have some notable legislation and events to point to when they are making their case. 

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Opinion - Health
5:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Importance, and Limits, of Advanced Care Planning

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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As many of you may know, Diane Rehm recently agreed to limit her participation with Compassion and Choices. Her involvement with the group became more publicly known in February, but her dissatisfaction with our current end-of-life choices was catalyzed by her husband’s passing on June 23, 2014.

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Opinion - Politics
11:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Homeowner Association Bill Could Limit Political Activity

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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On March 23rd, the Committee on Elections in the Indiana Senate voted 6-0 to send House Bill 1236 to the full Senate for consideration.  Back on January 27th, HB 1236 cleared the Indiana House of Representatives on a vote of 70 to 28.  These are indicators that this bill will become a law. 

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Opinion - Health
5:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Paul Kalanithi, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, and Certainty in Medicine

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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I have watched from a distance since Aurelia was born. My friend Megan’s third daughter demonstrated developmental delays from early on, and no one was sure why. Appointment after appointment, and yet Megan and her husband, Keith, were given no diagnosis. The good parents that they are, they simply loved and cared for their youngest child.

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