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What Is A Caucus?

Nov 10, 2015
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Fort Wayne City Clerk Sandy Kennedy resigned from office on October 13th.  State Representative Jud McMillin resigned his position September 29th.  These are examples of vacancies in elected offices that are filled by caucuses.  This is something that happens fairly frequently in Indiana, but few people understand how it works. 

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Jerry Brown recently signed legislation legalizing physician-assisted suicide for patients at the end of life. When I recently talked with the FRIENDS of IPFW about my work on Advance Care Planning in Indiana, this issue came up.

Role of Religion in Pluralistic Society

Sep 15, 2015
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As we are now all too familiar, Kim Davis recently refused to provide marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs. Regardless of one’s view of her particular decision, her case raises a really important question about the role of religion in a society where more than a single religion is practiced.

Don't Forget The 2015 Elections

Sep 1, 2015
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It is 2015, yet most of the discussion about elections focuses on 2016. In some ways this is not surprising given that 2015 is an “off-year” for elections. Even though it is an off-year, there still are elections happening this year and the presidential campaigns are drowning out these elections by starting earlier and earlier each cycle.

Governor Mike Pence says the state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood was important in the wake of what he calls appalling remarks by senior officials of the national health care provider.

Pence ordered the State Health Department to investigate the abortion provider two weeks ago in the wake of videos allegedly showing national Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue, which is against the law in Indiana. 

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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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Governor Mike Pence is reaching across party lines to fill an open seat in his administration.  Pence announced on Wednesday Democrat Jim Schellinger will head the state’s economic development agency.

Schellinger, who’s served on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors since Pence took office, will take a leave of absence from his role as CEO of the Indianapolis company CSO Architects.  The Hoosier Democrat ran for governor in 2008, losing in the primary.

New Laws Expand Statewide Broadband Access

Jul 22, 2015
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Governor Mike Pence ceremonially signed two bills into law today that will expand broadband Internet access across the state.  Pence says it’s legislation like this that’s driving down the state’s unemployment rate.

The new Broadband Ready Communities Development Center will team with local governments to encourage and approve communications projects that expand Internet access. Pence says last week, Nashville, Ind., became the first area in the state to be approved as broadband ready.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace 9th District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says, as Attorney General, he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

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Governor Mike Pence has made his pick to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals – the first such appointment Pence has made in his two and a half years in office.  His selection, announced Friday, is Marion County Judge Robert Altice.

Altice has been through this process before – three times he’s been nominated to fill an Appeals Court vacancy.  And as Altice put it, the third time was the charm.