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OPINION August 20, 2017

Indiana citizens left in the dark
In 2014, then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a law passed by the Indiana legislature that eliminated newspaper notice of local government budgets. Before the law was enacted, all local government units in Indiana - from cities and counties to libraries and conservation districts - were required to publish their annual budget proposals and estimated tax rates in a local newspaper.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Protect International Affairs Budget
Almost 200 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age, 161 million children do not attend primary school and 179 million infants in the least developed countries are not protected from diseases by routine immunization, according to UNICEF.
These are sobering facts of the world we live in.
Look around at the luxuries we are blessed with.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hoosier is the right man for the job
The country's next surgeon general could be the man described as someone who "has his hands on the pulse of what's going on in communities" and who "gets right out there at the grass roots levels and really identifies with the folks he needs to serve."
He's also been compared to former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and praised for his ability to connect with families.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Why we need to scrap the debt ceiling
Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I'd recently voted to raise the nation's debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. "Don't you understand that we've got a serious spending and debt problem in this country?" he asked. "Why did you cast this idiotic vote?"
He was right about the problem. But he was wrong about the vote. With Congress fast approaching another debt-ceiling vote and yet one more "fiscal cliff" drama taking shape, I'd like to explain why that is.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Gerrymandering a bipartisan problem
Of all the forces shaping our politics today, gerrymandering stands alone as the least discussed and most consequential one.
Gerrymandering is defined by Merriam-Webster as: "To divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible."

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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