Legislative strategy is not rocket science. But do me a favor and keep that between us since that's what I do for a living. Editorial writing doesn't pay like it used to. For those of you who have never been involved with a legislative initiative, let's cover the basics. First, getting a bill passed is wildly more difficult than defeating one. The difficulty rises exponentially as the reach of the new policy grows. For example, changing the length of time a dog license is effective is a pretty light lift. Conversely, allowing Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana is apparently impossible. This is ...

I spent a good part of my youth in a small town in southwest Virginia. And in my neighborhood, many families had dogs, and virtually none of us had fences. So all of the kids grew up with each other's pets. In many ways, the dogs belonged to all of us. It was a sad day when “Bengal” got hit by a car. He technically wasn't my dog, but my yard was part of his chase path whenever someone was driving through. As a grown up, I know that these tragedies happen to dogs who can't stop chasing cars. For a ...

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 ...