Howey Political Report
Rising up to meet Putin’s thuggery PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 21:17

by Brian Howey

BLOOMINGTON – Any illusions I had about the progressive nature of the Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime quickly dissipated when I returned to my Moscow Grand Marriott room in August 2007. Upon opening the door, I was greeted with the spectacle of my papers and note pads strewn about the room. It was clear that an FSB agent stopped in to get a better handle on who this American journalist might actually be.

Since last Thursday, when it appears that Ukrainian separatists working with the Russian military shot down Malaysian Air Flight 17 killing 298 people, the entire civilized world now has a greater appreciation of the nature of Putin. On the Sunday morning talk shows, U.S. Rep. Peter King described him as a “Mafia guy” and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the term “thug” was commonplace.

 
A comeback saga for ‘LeBron Bayh?’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:34

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS – This could be the saga of “LeBron Bayh.”

Like a thunderhead brewing in the distance, you could see this one coming. This was the progression: former state Democratic Dan Parker announces he will not become a candidate for mayor of Indianapolis, reasoning that the Democratic nominee has to have a background in public safety. On Monday morning, Southern District Attorney Joe Hogsett backtracks from an earlier disavowal of candidacy and resigns. A few hours later, former governor Evan Bayh shows up on Monument Circle for a press conference lauding Hogsett.

 
Adopting Indiana? Or a ‘deadbeat parent’? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:33

by Brian Howey

FREMONT, Ind. – This past week we’ve learned that the State of Indiana has essentially stiffed 1,400 families who have adopted special needs children. The subsidies they were promised to raise kids in the state’s foster child program have been denied, prompting one LaPorte mother to call Indiana a “deadbeat parent.”

 
Evolving Hoosier marriage and equal protection PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 20:41

by Brian Howey

FREMONT, Ind. - The last week of June brought extraordinary images to Indiana. With the stroke of a pen, federal Judge Richard Young stuck down the state’s marriage laws passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Within hours, hundreds of gay couples flowed into Hoosier courthouses from Indianapolis, to Nashville, to Washington.

Three days later, a stay was sought by Republican Attorney General Greg Zoeller, and it was issued by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, leaving many of the newly married Hoosiers in legal limbo.

 
Long’s Article V convention and redistricting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:38

by Brian Howey

NASHVILLE, Ind. – If you needed a poster to display the dysfunction in Congress, look no further than the “We Shall Overcome” photo op that took place with Congressional leaders on Tuesday. Boehner and Pelosi, Reid and McConnell linked hands and arms and swayed uncomfortably as they observed the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The look in their eyes told a deeper story. The distrust was evident.

 
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