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Mike Pence for President? Stay tuned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:41

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence for president?

The swirl of 2016 national ticket talk surrounding Gov. Pence intensified over the past few weeks. I sat down with the governor in his office on Tuesday to find out what he's really thinking. A few hours prior, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol had anointed Pence and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as presidential timber. Twenty-four hours later, his Chief of Staff Bill Smith resigned to set up his own political consulting group with Pence as his first client. And four hours after our chat, Gov. Pence received the “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform Award” from the National Tax Foundation, which always looks good on a Republican presidential resume.

 
Bopps overhaul of U.S. election finance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:32

by Brian Howey

NASHVILLE, Ind. -- As Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in February 2011 at the Artsgarden, the most conspicuous person in the wings was Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp, Jr.

There stood the man who has changed the federal election finance system with a series of U.S. Supreme and district court victories he framed and argued - Citizens United, SpeechNow - and on Wednesday of this past week, McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission. Mourdock's Republican primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, and later, his losing race against Democrat Joe Donnelly, would be the petri dish of how two of those decisions would impact American and Indiana politics.

 
Modest achievements for Gov. Pence PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 22:09

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS – We aren't quite to the halfway point of Gov. Mike Pence's term, but he's now through his second Indiana General Assembly session and this week signed into law the state's first Pre-Kindergarten program, cut the corporate tax, and provided $200 million more in road funding.

Pence's emphasis has been on tax cuts and education, with modest achievements

 
For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut ‘showtime!’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:06

by Brian Howey

GNAW BONE, Ind. - I had this really crazy idea: Instead of giving tax abatements to businesses and industry, give them to Hoosier folks who want to build a new home or remodel the one they're in, particularly with the historic low interest rates that may begin disappearing soon.

The logic here was that for every new home built, there would be dozens of contractors and their workers on each job, and they would be buying brick, granite counter tops, dishwashers and garage door openers. You know, consumer stuff down at Lowe's.

 
Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:53

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS – As day slipped into night during the cruel winter of 2014, millions of Americans watched the mesmerizing closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.

This was a stunning facade of the Russian Federation, particularly its tribute to writers, with their portraits rising up from the floor . . . Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and, amazingly, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the author who revealed the epic cruelty of gulags of the Soviet Stalin era. Eighteen days prior in the Sochi opening ceremony, America and the world would witness a national self-interpretation of Russian history, with the classics and its Czarist monarchy giving way to the red, mechanized Soviet period as gears rolled by and Stalinist busts floated with hammers and sickles above.

 
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