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Rich James

See what people want on South Shore issue

Rich James shows his colors as a tax-and-spend liberal Democrat. He attacks Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. for recommending a countywide referendum on the South Shore expansion.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: It doesn't take courage to ignore a problem

RICH JAMES: It doesn't take courage to ignore a problem

Indiana has more than $2 billion in the bank, and its roads and bridges are crumbling at an ever-increasing rate.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: McDermott disappoints on South Shore

RICH JAMES: McDermott disappoints on South Shore

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott has jumped off the South Shore just as the train was leaving the station.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: GOP-dug hole could sink region incumbents

RICH JAMES: GOP-dug hole could sink region incumbents

One might say that the outcome of some of the contests on the Nov. 4 ballot was decided in February 2014.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Ritz is right to launch drive for texts

RICH JAMES: Ritz is right to launch drive for texts

Every time my bank balance gets down to the point where I probably shouldn’t risk bouncing a check, I get to thinking about the $2 billion Indiana has in the bank.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am

I'm looking forward to Rich James columns

I just enrolled for The Times newspaper last month, after 30+ years with the Post-Tribune. I well remember the very passionate, focused and informative journalism of Rich James. I am well pleased to see his very thorough coverage of state and local government here in Indiana continue in The Times.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Pfleger makes himself an NRA target

RICH JAMES: Pfleger makes himself an NRA target

Gov. Mike Pence likes to talk about how the Indiana tax climate is so much better than is the case in Illinois. So true.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Right-to-work fight buoys Democrats

RICH JAMES: Right-to-work fight buoys Democrats

There are those who say the Indiana right-to-work law would be better named the right-to-work-for-less law.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Pence should be all in on land-based casinos

RICH JAMES: Pence should be all in on land-based casinos

When the first of five Northwest Indiana casinos opened in Gary in 1996, there were those who thought it would result in the revitalization of Northwest Indiana.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Funding formula hurts public schools

RICH JAMES: Funding formula hurts public schools

I had my first encounter with Indiana’s school funding formula while covering the General Assembly in the early 1980s.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Is it time to say bye Bayh?

RICH JAMES: Is it time to say bye Bayh?

There have been two modern-day travesties in Indiana politics. And the state’s ultra-conservative element has been responsible for both of them.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: McKinley a good choice to move Gary PD forward

RICH JAMES: McKinley a good choice to move Gary PD forward

There are those who say Gary can’t be saved. They say it is too far gone.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Committee rolling dice on casinos' future

RICH JAMES: Committee rolling dice on casinos' future

The greatest sign I’ve ever seen hanging in a politician’s office said, “God so loved the world that he didn’t send a committee.”

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Democrats use power of incumbency, too

I read Rich James' July 20 column where he complained about Hal Slager using taxpayer money to mail political propaganda to his constituents. I got one of the same July 19 from state Rep. Chuck Moseley.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am

Rich James uses liberal misinformation in death of Gary officer

Readers, please recall Rich James’s July 13 article. His article portrayed the death of Officer Westerfield as a lack of investment. James’ typical liberal dishonesty blames white flight, the modernization of the steel industry and the governor for Gary’s demise and lack of revenue. The fact…

July 21, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Slager uses franking privilege to push election bid

RICH JAMES: Slager uses franking privilege to push election bid

If you live in the greater St. John Township area, you likely got a slick brochure in the mail the other day from state Rep. Hal Slager, a Schererville Republican.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Invest in protecting those who protect us

RICH JAMES: Invest in protecting those who protect us

Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield likely would be alive today if he had been riding with a partner early last Sunday.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Which office are you seeking, Mike?

RICH JAMES: Which office are you seeking, Mike?

Every other week or so there seems to be another story about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence flitting about New York City or Washington, D.C., in an effort to bolster his stock for a run for president in 2016. Politically, that isn’t far down the road.

July 03, 2014 11:51 am
RICH JAMES: Cities, schools need to stop fighting

RICH JAMES: Cities, schools need to stop fighting

Regionalism has been the buzzword in Northwest Indiana for a good while now.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Leyva shows what's wrong with Lake GOP

RICH JAMES: Leyva shows what's wrong with Lake GOP

Mark Leyva is pretty much the poster child for what’s wrong with the Lake County Republican Party.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
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