It only took seven years and nine months for Congress to successfully override a veto by President Obama. Of course that statement would imply that the Senate and House have been relentlessly trying all of this time.  They haven't. It is really a shame that the juvenile tenor of our presidential election has gotten in the way of a fantastic example of the intricacies of congressional strategy.  What happened in Washington this week is actually pretty important.  If polled, I wonder how many Americans even know what happened. Thank goodness I'm here for you. In May, the Senate passed the Justice Against Sponsors ...

It is the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. June 26, 2015 was the day that the fundamental right to marry became guaranteed to same-sex couples in America. A year ago, I suggested that this date would someday appear on high school history exams. Hopefully this reminder will help. Today in Indiana, the LGBT community is still not defined as a class for purposes of civil rights protections by the state. Many local units of government have passed ordinances, but the Indiana General Assembly remains paralyzed on the issue. Arguably worse though, Indiana also ...

I saw a quote on Twitter yesterday in reference to Indiana’s 5 percent jobless rate by Governor Mike Pence that caught my eye. He said: “There is no denying the momentum of our strong Hoosier economy.” I know that is not very eye-catching for most people. Luckily, I am excited about explaining why it should be. President Bill Clinton coined the phrase: “it's the economy, stupid,” in reference to one of the most vital parts of his successful 1992 presidential campaign. Ironically, it is Governor Pence who is touting Indiana’s economic standing as the reason for his reelection in 2016. Technically, it ...

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 ...

GOP presidential candidates seem to think basketball is the key to Hoosier voters. Admittedly, many of us like talking basketball.  As a general rule though, we prefer talking it with others who know just a little about it. With our great state serving as the center of the GOP nomination circus this week, the two leaders both tried to connect with us.  It would be a waste of time to make fun of their embarrassing attempts if they had filled our ears with substance following their gaffes.  But since they haven't, I get to write another column about the field's utter ...

There is a strange phenomenon occurring in politics this year, and I was having trouble labeling it.  Labels seem more important than they used to be, since so many of us don't get far enough past the headline or the Twitter feed to understand the reasons for it.  That tendency doesn't apply to my readers. My punchlines are always at the end. Research served me well this week when I came across a 2012 study in the journal of Current Biology by a group of scientists from the University of London titled "Selfish-herd behavior of sheep under threat."  A conclusion in ...

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 ...

Happy New Year!  While reviewing 2015 and taking a moment for a little self evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that I am a complainer.  I originally wrote that I am a "professional" complainer, but that inaccurately implies that I am being paid for this.  I am not.  At least not yet. Opinion writers, no matter what they label themselves, generally are motivated by some sort of complaint.  Trust me, I have an arsenal of them.  But lately it seems, everyone is getting in on the act.  Honestly, it's a bit of a competitive problem for me.  Clearly, there is ...