Indiana’s got a problem: Too many teachers don’t want to work there anymore

The Washington Post By Valerie Strauss 8/13/15 Indiana’s got a problem: Teachers increasingly don’t want to work in the state anymore. The problem has become so acute that some school districts have have had a hard time finding enough teachers to cover classes for the new school year — and some lawmakers want a legislative committee to discuss the shortage. The percentage of all teachers getting a teaching license — including veterans — fell by more than 50 percent from 2009-10 to 2013-14 — and there was an 18.5 percent … Continue reading

The Most Important Governor Isn’t Running

(Check out new content for Walorski as well as Stutzman and Young.) Kasich brings to 8 the number of governors in the race. And they all look up to Mitch Daniels. By Adam Wren 7/21/15 John Kasich became the 16th person to join the GOP presidential race on Tuesday and, more to the point, the eighth governor or ex-governor to jump in, joining his fellow Midwesterner Scott Walker of Wisconsin and the Florida money magnet that is Jeb Bush, among others. But oddly enough, the dominant gubernatorial presence in … Continue reading

Brian Howey: Glenda Ritz seeks education showdown with Gov. Pence

Brian Howey evaluates the race for governor now that Glenda Ritz has announced. The Elkhart Truth By Brian Howey 6/4/15 INDIANAPOLIS — It was noon on Friday, Nov. 6, 2003, as citizen Mitch Daniels stood among diners at Don & Dona’s restaurant in downtown Franklin. Over his shoulder on TV was Gov. Joe Kernan, reversing his stunning announcement from the year prior not to run in 2004. Daniels welcomed Kernan back to the race. “No one can predict the ultimate political effect, but from a citizen’s standpoint, this is absolutely … Continue reading

Presidents All Around Us (including Mitch Daniels and many others)

Presidents All Around Us
There are dozens of men and women who would make good – or even great – presidents.
By James K. Glassman

This presidential race is shaping up as a contest of dynasties — potentially setting up an election next fall that includes the exact same names that were on the ballot in 1992, Clinton vs. Bush. I’m not knocking former Secretary Hillary Clinton or former Gov. Jeb Bush, but the choice reminds me of Peggy Lee’s 1969 song, “Is That All There Is?”

In fact, it isn’t. Across this vast and varied land, there are dozens of men and women who would make good — or even great — presidents. They come from business, the military, the nonprofit sector and academia. Some are current or former elected officials who are officially independent. Others are affiliated with the two major parties, but because of litmus tests on such issues as abortion, gay rights, immigration or taxes have no chance of being nominated as a Democrat or Republican. (At the end of this article, I list 15 of my own suggestions for a wider field.)

In an interview recently, I asked Roger Porter, the Harvard scholar who served in the White House under Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, what it takes for a president to be successful. Porter identified three categories of presidential endeavor: administrative (running the most complex institution in the world), legislative (initiating policy and building coalitions to get it enacted) and rhetorical (moving individuals, organizations and governments to “make different decisions than they would otherwise make”).
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Former Gov. Mitch Daniels laments RFRA damage to Indiana

(NOTE: When governor, Daniel’s “official state employment policy” linked below states, “In addition, sexual orientation and gender identity shall not be a consideration in decisions concerning hiring, development, advancement and termination of civilian employees.” Thus far, I have not been able to locate a similar policy online issued by Gov. Pence. – Admin) Bangert: Daniels laments RFRA damage to Indiana Mitch Daniels, Purdue president and former governor, steps lightly around Gov. Pence’s handling of the fallout of Indiana’s religious freedom bill. But all you need to do is read between the lines. Lafayette … Continue reading