The good ole days of public bathrooms are officially over. I hate to see them end. Because those were good times. I think back to the days of former U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), and his infamous toe tapping move in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport men’s room. Remember that one? In 2007, the three term senator was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. He pled guilty, tried to retract the plea, then served out his term and became a lobbyist. I don't want to know for whom he lobbies, so I shut down the research there. I wonder what ...

This morning I read a column in the Indianapolis Business Journal written by Marshawn Wolley.  He is an impressive young man who I was lucky enough to meet and work with on an issue this winter.  His column serves as a precursor to April 4, a famous date in American history, and of particular notoriety in Indianapolis. April 4, 1968 is the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.  That evening in Indianapolis, Bobby Kennedy, while on a presidential campaign stop, made the announcement of Dr. King's death in his famous speech calling out for peace.  Indianapolis gave ...

Two weeks ago I wrote my first column ever on the topic of abortion. I don't plan to write about the topic often, since I fundamentally believe men should follow the lead of women on this one. I probably have already written enough. After I publish this edition, many of you will think I have written far too much. On Thursday, Governor Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1337. It is arguably the most restrictive bill on the topic in the nation. Those of us who pay attention to Indiana politics at all knew he was going to sign it. The news ...

Last March, storm clouds moved into the area and dumped a strange and frightening thing on us.  It was so unfamiliar, and so scary that it paralyzed our common senses and separated us from our normal and trademark pragmatism.  Those clouds ruined an otherwise lovely day. And that day became two, and then three. It was March 29, 2015 when Governor Pence did his infamous interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week."  This week, the Indianapolis Star reported another unbelievable chapter in the saga.  This chapter bothers me more than it might bother others. On March 2, the Star reported that after ...

Headline writing is an art not a science.  I want people to read my column every week, but who wants to read about the economy?  Yawn.  Really big yawn.  Take today's headline as an example.  It is subject matter that will turn off many of my readers, except maybe the two or three who consider themselves actual economists. These guys love a good debate. I hope the rest of you will too. Today I want to point out how difficult it will be for politicians to attack President Obama's economic performance, and then tout Governor Pence's.  For those who try, listen ...

There is a battle going on in the Indiana Statehouse.  And it isn't the one you might think I mean. It reminds me of a cage match.  It is very much like that barbaric cross between wrestling, boxing and street fighting where there is no escape from the conflict contained within the cage.  Some might think I am making the analogy between supporters of civil rights for the LGBT community and the evangelical conservatives who oppose them.  But I am not. The conflict to which I refer is the one within the heart and soul of each individual decision maker in the ...

Historically, successful politicians have been skilled at making the electorate feel good, proud, or optimistic about things.  The recent fear based campaigns notwithstanding, it is conventional campaigning that dictates this as a rule.  If it is possible for a candidate to avoid "going negative," do it.  If you are an incumbent and can claim ownership of some positive circumstance, then jump all over it.  It doesn't matter who or what is truly the cause any way, right? The economy is the best subject for this rule.  Pay close attention to the 2016 Presidential and Gubernatorial campaigns in Indiana.  Nationally, Democrats will ...