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.
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.
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.
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.
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.