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Mayor for life: The secret to Dick Lugar’s success

There’s an old aphorism about being a mayor that goes, “Plowing streets isn’t a partisan issue.” In other words: Being a Republican or Democrat might signal the governing approach of a legislator or a candidate for state or federal executive office with a broad range of powers, but it doesn’t tell you much about how […]

Mr. Bayh goes to Indianapolis´╗┐: A look at Birch Bayh as State Representative

In the week since his death, much has been written about Birch Bayh‘s time in the U.S. Senate, and his place in the pantheon of American history. This is all rightfully so, as Bayh’s impact rivals that of any Hoosier to serve in our nation’s capital in any capacity. But before he was serving Hoosiers […]

A brief history of Indiana’s female legislators

Julia Nelson (R-Delaware County) never set out to be the first woman elected to the Indiana General Assembly. A long-time suffragette, Nelson was 56 years old in 1920 when women first got the right to vote in Indiana. She chaired the Delaware County Republican Women’s Club that year in order to encourage women to utilize […]

How and why a national wave election translates (or doesn’t) in Indiana

National chatter about a potential wave election has persisted since at least the spring of 2017, and conventional wisdom for the past 18 months or so has been that Democrats will take control of the U.S. House, but struggle to take control of the U.S. Senate because they have to play too much defense. As […]

A quick look at U.S. Supreme Court Justices from Indiana

With the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, speculation is mounting that Seventh Circuit Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is on a short list of potential replacements. Because Barrett lives in Indiana and teaches law at the University of Notre Dame, this speculation is especially ramped up in the Hoosier state. This begs the […]

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