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BRIAN HOWEY: Don't run for office if you can't pledge not to quit

BRIAN HOWEY: Don't run for office if you can't pledge not to quit

GNAW BONE, Ind. | If you’re a member of the Indiana General Assembly, at your next campaign event or town hall meeting ask these questions: If you elect me, should I serve a full-term? Would it be OK if I quit in the next year or so?

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Daniels’ political legacy trumps Bayh’s return

BRIAN HOWEY: Daniels’ political legacy trumps Bayh’s return

For political junkies, the notion of former Democratic Gov. Evan Bayh challenging Gov. Mike Pence was as enticing as a Sox vs. Cubs World Series.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Grasping the American ‘big stick’

BRIAN HOWEY: Grasping the American ‘big stick’

Here’s a viewing assignment: A July edition of the PBS Frontline series titled “Losing Iraq.” 

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Foley, Sotloff and the ‘Pottery Barn rule’

BRIAN HOWEY: Foley, Sotloff and the ‘Pottery Barn rule’

The words came from the lips of Sgt. Matthew Tiblow of Hobart, stationed with the Indiana National Guard 76th Infantry in Kuwait in 2008.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Tax cut culture hurts cities, Indiana’s future

BRIAN HOWEY: Tax cut culture hurts cities, Indiana’s future

In the 2008 Indiana gubernatorial campaign, Democratic nominee Jill Long Thompson said she intended to save every Indiana community through what she called a “three-tiered” economic plan that would infuse distressed areas with new jobs.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pitchforks in our summer of discontent

BRIAN HOWEY: Pitchforks in our summer of discontent

Congress is embarrassing. Our political system is failing us.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Long’s Article V convention and redistricting

BRIAN HOWEY: Long’s Article V convention and redistricting

If you needed a poster to display the dysfunction in Congress, look no further than the “We Shall Overcome” photo op that took place with Congressional leaders on Tuesday. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell linked hands and arms and swayed uncomfortably as they obs…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: We never learned the lessons of Vietnam

BRIAN HOWEY: We never learned the lessons of Vietnam

We should remember Staff Sgt. Richard Blakley of Plainfield. And Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith of Anderson, Spec. Gregory Paul Sanders of Hobart and Sgt. Craig A. Boling of Elkhart.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Republicans, women and Latinos

BRIAN HOWEY: Republicans, women and Latinos

Less than two years after Democrats tried to tag the “war on women” label on Indiana Republicans — with some success — delegates at the GOP convention in Fort Wayne nominated the first all-female ticket in state history.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pence affixes a badge of pragmatism

BRIAN HOWEY: Pence affixes a badge of pragmatism

When the early historical accounts of Mike Pence’s first stint as a government executive are assembled, the critical moment will likely be 10 a.m. May 15, 2014.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Politics, dollars and Common Core

BRIAN HOWEY: Politics, dollars and Common Core

Did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence change course on Common Core curriculum, with the emphatic support of his super majority Republicans in the General Assembly, to put education standards back in the hands of Hoosiers? Or did he make a political decision that will play well with some factions of Re…

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Social conservatives prepare for retribution

BRIAN HOWEY: Social conservatives prepare for retribution

The headlines following the primary election upsets of Indiana state Reps. Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer were along the lines of “social conservatives strike back.”

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Governorship is Pence's launching pad

BRIAN HOWEY: Governorship is Pence's launching pad

Somewhere in a faraway place, Michael Deaver and “the fellas” had to be smiling.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Mount Vernon Assembly coming to Indiana

BRIAN HOWEY: Mount Vernon Assembly coming to Indiana

In an era of congressional polarization and inability to deal with profound problems, a constitutional alternative is poised to take a second crucial step at the Indiana Statehouse in June.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Doctors Brown, Bucshon become seekers

BRIAN HOWEY: Doctors Brown, Bucshon become seekers

Seated across the table from me at Cafe Patachou were Drs. Tim Brown and Larry Bucshon.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president? Stay tuned

BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president? Stay tuned

Mike Pence for president?

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Bopp’s overhaul of U.S. election finance

BRIAN HOWEY: Bopp’s overhaul of U.S. election finance

As Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in February 2011, the most conspicuous person in the wings was Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp Jr.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Modest achievements for Gov. Pence

BRIAN HOWEY: Modest achievements for Gov. Pence

We aren't quite to the halfway point of Gov. Mike Pence's term, but he's now through his second Indiana General Assembly session and last week signed into law the state's first pre-kindergarten program, cut the corporate tax and provided $200 million more in road funding.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut showtime

BRIAN HOWEY: For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut showtime

I had this really crazy idea: Instead of giving tax abatements to businesses and industry, give them to Hoosier folks who want to build a new home or remodel the one they're in, particularly with the historic low interest rates that may begin disappearing soon.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine

BRIAN HOWEY: Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine

As day slipped into night during the cruel winter of 2014, millions of Americans watched the mesmerizing closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
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