Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus have kept their word. Normally that is an admirable statement, but not this time. Shortly after the February passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, McConnell pledged that the Senate would not even consider a replacement nominee put forward by President Barack Obama.  Any nominee.  McConnell made the argument that the next president should fill the vacancy, even though the next president would not be inaugurated for nearly a year.  Again, he has kept his word. President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland in March any way.  Garland's nomination has become the longest nomination to not receive ...

Imagine channel surfing late at night and you accidentally stop on an old black and white TV show. The story is about a woman who has just relocated to southern Indiana in the recent past. She is a Republican, but preparing to vote in Indiana for the first time. She is entering another dimension.  It is the year 2016. In reality, in Indiana's 9th Congressional District, Shelli Yoder (D) is her only choice. It's great news for Democrats that in this race, Yoder is unquestionably qualified and capable. Her priorities for the district match the people's who live there.  She wants ...

Governing requires attention to detail. It has been a rough stretch in Indiana regarding the details, and frankly, I am outraged by it. The screw ups all belong to Republicans due to their near exclusive control of state government.  But when I pointed out yet another faux pas this week, I was basically told by a Democrat, that the electorate doesn't care about the "process." She may be right, but today I write why she should be wrong. Gustavo Flaubert, the French novelist, is credited by many for the origin of the old saying, "the devil is in the detail."  While searching briefly ...