May Your Tribe Decrease

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 23, 2015] Click to Enlarge In a recent column, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reported on a social science study that came to some surprising (and depressing) conclusions: Up until the mid-1980s, the typical American held the view that partisans on the other side operated with good intentions. But that has changed in […]

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Speaking of Crazy: Idahom Child Support Collection & Sharia Law

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 22, 2015] There have always been paranoid people running around, but when did we start electing so many people who are, as they say, “lightly tethered to reality”?   Case in point: a few days ago, Talking Points Memo reported on a fiasco in Idaho, where a routine bill to bring the state into […]

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Show Me the Money: Indiana’s Drain-Circling Economy

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 21, 2015] Wasn’t “show me the money” a repeated demand in that Tom Cruise movie, Jerry MacGuire? The phrase seems appropriate in light of recent news from Indiana’s budget mavens; according to several media reports, state lawmakers will have about $213 million less to spend during the next two years than they thought they […]

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Real World Choices

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 20, 2015] In 1980, I was the Republican candidate running for Congress against Andy Jacobs, Jr..  Andy was an enormously likable and popular guy, who consistently won in a Republican district. I never failed to make the point that the most important vote he cast was for Speaker of the House. If voters preferred […]

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Shenanigans and the Proposed Indianapolis Justice Center

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 19, 2015] The Ballard Administration’s proposal to build a new Justice Center complex across the river from downtown just hasn’t smelled right for a whole host of reasons.   No one seriously doubts the need for such a facility, but critics have raised a host of legitimate concerns about this particular proposal. The excessive […]

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Evidence of Wrongdoing? We Have the Solution!

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 18, 2015] Of course, it is Texas. Still….  The House Bill 2918 introduced by Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) would make private citizens photographing or recording the police within 25 feet of them a class B misdemeanor, and those who are armed would not be able to stand recording within 100 feet of an […]

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And We Wonder Why People Don’t Vote…

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 17, 2015] Can you spell Glenda Ritz?   Per the Indianapolis Star, A bill that would result in the ousting of Glenda Ritz as the chair of the Indiana State Board of Education passed the House on Tuesday, moving a step closer to becoming a law….The bill, which the House passed by a 56-41 […]

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Subsidizing the Rich

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 16, 2015] Lawmakers and pundits continue to beat up on poor folks. The latest effort in Indiana is Democrat Terry Goodin’s proposal to drug test welfare recipients–never mind that such efforts elsewhere have been a colossal waste of money, since savings from the minuscule number of abusers haven’t begun to offset the costs of […]

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Indiana: PR Advice from an Expert

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 15, 2015] A good friend of mine used to run one of Indiana’s premiere public relations firms. So naturally, when the news broke that state agencies had hired a national PR powerhouse (for $2,000,000!) to begin repairing the damage done to the state’s economy and reputation by those responsible for the RFRA debacle, I […]

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The Bum’s Rush (or the Bum that is Rush…)

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on April 14, 2015] When WIBC dumps Limbaugh, can the Rapture be far behind?   Okay, enough snark. But think about it: over the past 2-3 years, Limbaugh has steadily hemorrhaged sponsors and audience. Is it possible that sanity is reasserting itself in America?   For years, the Limbaugh product–what has been called “hate radio”–has coarsened […]

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