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Howey Politics August 8, 2013
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Bosma contrasts Indiana with Washington DC
By BRIAN A. HOWEY
INDIANAPOLIS – Seated in Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma’s law offices overlooking Monument Circle, the first question posed during this interview was about the pending immigration bill facing Congress.
“This is what’s on my mind,” Bosma interjected. “The contrast between Washington, D.C., and the state of Indiana. Let me wax philosophical.”
Subsequently, the pundit recognized the Speaker from Indianapolis.
Bosma then produced a prodigious stack of paper, which turned out to be the Indiana House agendas dating back to 2002 when he was minority leader. The stack was more than a half foot thick.
“My frustration is with the way Washington handles issues because I had to talk recently, at one event, about the differences in Indiana 10 years ago and today,” Bosma said. “To do that, I keep copious electronic and paper files. I had a giant file in my desk drawer that said ‘prior agendas.’ And I pulled out our ‘New Direction’ agenda that our team put together in 2002. It said what we were going to do, it said why we needed to do it. And it told the story about what was really a dysfunctional state government, a dysfunctional economy, and dysfunctional fiscal house and it pledged to make a difference.”
Shaw Friedman: C'mon, Governor, how about help for our cities?
By SHAW FRIEDMAN
LaPORTE – C’mon Governor Pence, how ‘bout revenue-sharing for cash-strapped cities and counties?
Please tell me that this governor has the ability to see that huge swaths of this state are mired in misery and mediocrity rather than deluding himself into thinking that all’s well in the Hoosier state.
Last week’s press conference, where the governor and Auditor Tim Berry offered up self-congratulatory messages about the state’s surplus once again, seemed to miss the boat about what it took to reach those surpluses under former Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Craig Dunn: Indiana familes after the Zimmerman/Martin trial
By CRAIG DUNN
KOKOMO – My mother told me time and time again as I was growing up, “There’s nothing you can do after 10 at night except get in trouble.” I started fighting her on that point in my freshman year of high school all the way through college. Part of the wisdom that comes with maturity is when you realize that your parents were right. Mom was right! There is nothing you can do after 10 at night except get in trouble.
Which begs the question: Where are the parents of the young people being gunned down in the street in the middle of the night?
Of course, you could ask the same question phrased differently in a hundred different ways. Where are the parents of the children who are failing in school? Where are the parents of young girls and young boys who create new children before they are even teens? Where are the parents of the children who begin abusing alcohol and drugs before puberty? Where are the parents?
Maureen Hayden: A new test to measure a student's true grit
By MAUREEN HAYDEN
CNHI News Bureau
KOKOMO – If you have a child in an Indiana school, you may think the last thing we need is another standardized test, given the anxiety the state’s multiple assessment tests already create for students and the noisy political debate they generate in the Statehouse. But high school principal Jegga Rent thinks there may be some value to adding a new kind of assessment, one that measures a student’s grit.
Rent heads the Monument Lighthouse College Prep Academy, a charter high school in Indianapolis that serves low-income students at high risk for failure. His big goal is to get those kids into college and out of poverty. Rent is an avid proponent of an arts-infused curriculum –using music to help teach math, for example – which makes learning more fun and gratifying for students. But he also knows learning can be daunting and discouraging, especially for chronically low-performing students.
This coming school year, in addition to taking their required academic assessment tests, the students at Monument will also be taking the Grit Scale test. It’s a 12-question test developed by Angela Lee Duckworth, a former math teacher and now charter school consultant who argues that educators and parents need to be as concerned about a student’s character development as their academic achievement.
Statehouse: Board of Education votes to delay remediation law
By MAUREEN HAYDEN
CNHI Statehouse Bureau
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education has voted to delay full implementation of a new law that requires high schools to provide remediation to students to who aren’t college-ready before they graduate.
The law, House Enrolled Act 1005, would have required schools to start identifying 11th graders this coming school year who are at risk of failing their senior-year graduation exams or need remedial classes before beginning college work for credit. The law would have also required high schools to start providing extra help to those students in their senior year.
But the board voted to narrow the scope of the law to a small group of students this coming school year to give the state Department of Education more time to come up with a plan to implement the law in full.
Statehouse: New law takes aim at 'pill mill' doctors
By MAUREEN HAYDEN
CNHI Statehouse Bureau
INDIANAPOLIS – A new law targeting “pill mills” may change the way doctors throughout Indiana treat patients with chronic pain by putting new protocols in place for prescribing opiod-based drugs.
The state’s Medical Licensing Board is considering an emergency set of rules, triggered by the new law, that calls for drug testing of pain-medication patients and more screening and monitoring of patients by doctors to detect drug addiction and abuse.
If adopted, Indiana would be among the first in the nation to require doctors to follow certain protocols for prescribing and monitoring the opiod-based pain killers that experts say are both addictive and over-prescribed.
Jack Colwell: A 2014 free pass for Walorski could mean long career
By JACK COLWELL
SOUTH BEND – If Jackie Walorski runs with a free pass in 2014, she could run successfully for a long time, right on through the 2020 election.
That’s why Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District want to find a strong challenger for Walorski, the Republican incumbent elected to a first term in Congress in a close race in 2012. There will of course be a challenger – some Democratic nominee – but formidable or sacrificial?
District Democrats and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on the national level thought they had a strong challenger in Brendan Mullen, who lost to Walorski by just 1.4 percent of the vote last fall. But Mullen decided not to run.
Pete Seat: Hillary faces generational headwinds in 2016
By PETE SEAT
INDIANAPOLIS — Can baby boomers beat the clock and claim the presidency for their generation one last time? If history is any guide, probably not. Generational headwinds will soon face any boomer candidate in his — or, ahem, her — quest for the Oval Office.
I’m talking, of course, about Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and presumed 2016 presidential favorite. She hasn’t declared her candidacy — yet. But here’s why Hillary might want to think long and hard before jumping in.
Let me first be transparent here: I’m a Republican, and I’d like nothing more than to see Clinton go down in flames. And, as a recent front-page story in The New York Times noted, many in my party are already seeking to label the former first lady a “has-been” by virtue of her decades on the political stage.
Their case is as follows: Clinton has been in the spotlight in one form or another since the late 1970s when her husband, Bill, first became attorney general in their home state of Arkansas at the age of 30. Ironically, as Times reporter Jonathan Martin pointed out, it was Bill’s youthfulness that propelled him to the Arkansas governorship and later the presidency. Now, it could be the inverse that puts the brakes on the Hillary freight train.
Donnelly on military sexual assault bill that passed 97-0
“I have met with and heard from courageous survivors of military sexual assault from Indiana, and their heartbreaking stories of experiencing sexual assault while serving our country made it crystal clear to me that we must do more to address this epidemic. The bipartisan Victims Protection Act is an important step forward to empower survivors of military sexual assault and hold commanders and perpetrators accountable. While I think that overall we must make a significant, serious change to the status quo in order to lead to a truly ‘zero tolerance’ policy, I supported this bipartisan bill today because I think we must continue to work together to end the scourge of military sexual assault.”
- U.S. Sen.
, after the U.S. Senate passed 97-0 a bill that establishes new rules for military sexual assault victims.
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