Howey Political Report
Pitchforks in our summer of discontent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:37

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS - Congress is . . . embarrassing. Our political system is failing us.

On an individual basis, many of us have respect for members of our delegation. We can have a common sense conversation with a senator, congressman or woman, and then they go back to Washington . . . and virtually nothing happens.

There have been several polls published this past week and in every one of them, Americans are telling us that they are “fed up” as NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported. Only 14 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, just 40 percent approve of President Obama’s performance. In a Washington Post/ABC News poll, for the first time in 25 years, a majority of Americans at 51 percent disapprove of the way their own member of Congress is “handling his or her job.”

 
Young's Social Impact Bond Act a Bipartisan effort PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 18:57

by Brian Howey

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – We live in an era of eroding faith in government while we face an array of intractable problems.

U.S. Rep. Todd Young entered Congress as part of the 2010 Tea Party wave that was fueled by a distrust in a growing federal government. Yet the Bloomington Republican finds realities on the ground he believes should be addressed by public and private enterprises. He regularly interacts with what he calls “at-risk populations” facing access to health care issues that stoke up things like Indiana’s Russian-like infant mortality rate.

 
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.”

 
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