Throughout the country, but particularly in Indiana, March Madness is a serious celebration of both love and hate. For example, my most important bracket had plenty of eggs in the basket of Michigan State. So I temporarily had affection for the Spartans, a team I routinely despise. When it became clear that the nation was watching 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State knock them off in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night, I found myself rooting for the upset. Nothing is more American than that. Americans engage in the tournament with or without their team. Purdue’s early exit from ...

I am often amazed at the disconnect that exists between a campaign for executive branch offices and the the list of things that really shape terms actually served. Successfully managing government, and the unpredictable crises that come your way is usually more vital than that stump speech that entertained rallies and chili suppers on the campaign trail. This is difficult to explain sometimes, but lucky for you, I have a 750 word window today to get it done.  I am a former governmental bureaucrat, and I was pretty good at it, according to me. Exhibit number one is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ...