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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
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: Chicken Little looks like Todd Rokita

RICH JAMES: Chicken Little looks like Todd Rokita

U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita ought to just keep his mouth shut.

August 10, 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
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
RICH JAMES: Judicial employees don't merit special treatment

RICH JAMES: Judicial employees don't merit special treatment

What is it with some of the judges in Lake County?

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Cedar Lake council needs to widen horizons

RICH JAMES: Cedar Lake council needs to widen horizons

Cedar Lake Councilman Greg Parker may be a decent guy, but he doesn’t belong in government.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Where was everyone while Gary schools declined?

RICH JAMES: Where was everyone while Gary schools declined?

What has happened to the Gary Community School Corp. borders on being criminal.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Why not honor those who died on streets?

RICH JAMES: Why not honor those who died on streets?

There were highly emotional scenes across Northwest Indiana during the Memorial Day weekend with parades, services at cemeteries and war memorials.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Letter to Dyer voters took liberties with truth

RICH JAMES: Letter to Dyer voters took liberties with truth

Speaking of Dyer fosters images of freckle-faced kids in Little League uniforms, soccer moms, backyard pools and town festivals.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Buncich a good choice for Dem chairman

RICH JAMES: Buncich a good choice for Dem chairman

East Chicagoans John Krupa, Robert Pastrick and Stephen Stiglich led the Lake County Democratic Party for about a half century.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Listen to Lux's wisdom on charter schools

RICH JAMES: Listen to Lux's wisdom on charter schools

Would someone please listen to former Merrillville schools superintendent Tony Lux?

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Blame state, not Lake, for low voter turnout

RICH JAMES: Blame state, not Lake, for low voter turnout

You may have heard that just 12.8 percent of Lake County’s registered voters cast ballots during the May 6 primary election.

May 14, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

It has been three weeks since the story that Gov. Mike Pence was aligning agencies in a way that could lead to requiring out-of-work Hoosiers volunteer as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: If that's integrity, I want no part of it

RICH JAMES: If that's integrity, I want no part of it

Let’s step back a day and assume it is Tuesday morning.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Some things are best left in voters' hands

RICH JAMES: Some things are best left in voters' hands

I wish Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller were on the ballot Tuesday. This guy’s got to go.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Expect strong turnout of black voters

RICH JAMES: Expect strong turnout of black voters

Speculation in Lake County Democratic circles prior to a primary election is all about voter turnout.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Sheriff Buncich has earned others' votes

RICH JAMES: Sheriff Buncich has earned others' votes

John Buncich was first elected Lake County sheriff in 1994 – a generation ago by most standards.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Can McDermott's positives outweigh his negative?

RICH JAMES: Can McDermott's positives outweigh his negative?

Can you name the last Indiana governor to hail from Lake County?

April 23, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: A dozen kiester eggs from scrambled politics

RICH JAMES: A dozen kiester eggs from scrambled politics

Today we not only celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but we also glorify the incredible, edible egg.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Unigov won't work if leaders won't budge

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unigov won't work if leaders won't budge

It was in the early 1980s that Indiana State University did a study about Lake County merging all towns and cities into a unigov form of government.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Too many negatives define Hoosier state

RICH JAMES: Too many negatives define Hoosier state

Just a week ago, the front page of this newspaper provided a microcosm of what Indiana is all about.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Hammond is missing link in Lake County unity

RICH JAMES: Hammond is missing link in Lake County unity

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky is on the verge of doing what no other politician has ever done – unite Lake County.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Kumstar machine-guns Ligon's reputation

RICH JAMES: Kumstar machine-guns Ligon's reputation

Some people will go to any length to get elected.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Lake County GOP should invest here

RICH JAMES: Lake County GOP should invest here

I don’t know how Lake County Republicans can get anyone to take them seriously.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Football players wrong to tackle Northwestern

RICH JAMES: Football players wrong to tackle Northwestern

I find it a bit odd that steelworkers in Gary, East Chicago, Burns Harbor and other places are financing the Northwestern University football players' fight to unionize.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Some have vision, others have tunnel vision

RICH JAMES: Some have vision, others have tunnel vision

The sign in the locker room said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

March 26, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: GOP platform should offer meat, not emotion

RICH JAMES: GOP platform should offer meat, not emotion

I thought they’d never ask.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Lake County cities showing vision? Really?

RICH JAMES: Lake County cities showing vision? Really?

Rep. Pete Visclosky is running around Lake County asking municipalities to pony up as much as a third of their economic development income tax proceeds for the extension of the South Shore to Dyer.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Indiana legislative session was waste of money

RICH JAMES: Indiana legislative session was waste of money

It could have been worse. Much worse.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Back home again in Indiana, honest to goodness

RICH JAMES: Back home again in Indiana, honest to goodness

It’s good to be back home again in Indiana after a brief respite where no one ever has seen snow.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Whatever happened to GOP's compassion?

RICH JAMES: Whatever happened to GOP's compassion?

What is it with Indiana Republicans and their belief that this state can act independently of the federal government?

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels will tell you one of his proudest accomplishments was his appointment of former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard to chair the Local Government Study Commission.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: South Shore CVA needs fiscal oversight

RICH JAMES: South Shore CVA needs fiscal oversight

It was about a month ago that state Rep. Charlie Brown had harsh words for Speros Batistatos.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Legislature rejecting Pence's wish list

RICH JAMES: Legislature rejecting Pence's wish list

The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly and Gov. Mike Pence aren’t on the same page.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: NRA's shotgun approach to recruiting backfires

RICH JAMES: NRA's shotgun approach to recruiting backfires

There are days when we all dread going to the mailbox.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Portage City Council owes Snyder an apology

RICH JAMES: Portage City Council owes Snyder an apology

It seems the controversy dogging Portage Mayor James Snyder’s decision to send snowplows into Gary a few weeks back just won’t go away.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: 'Honest to Goodness' slogan is honestly awful

RICH JAMES: 'Honest to Goodness' slogan is honestly awful

“Honest to Goodness Indiana” is the state’s new pitch for travel and tourism?

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: We're in for a boring primary election season

RICH JAMES: We're in for a boring primary election season

When the dust settled Friday as filing closed for the May primary elections, I couldn’t help but think the Lake County Democratic Party had lost its swagger.

February 12, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: GOP legislators making session divisive

RICH JAMES: GOP legislators making session divisive

As is the case in Washington, politics in the Indiana Legislature has become more divisive.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
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