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Global Fallout in Wake of Brexit Vote

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Dr. Gene Frankland, Professor Ball State University Turnout for the “Brexit” vote (Britain exiting the European Union) on June 23, 2016, was 72.2 percent, the highest nationally since 1992. The result came as a shock to many: 52 percent of UK voters favored “Brexit” while 48 percent did not. The UK was anything but united…
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First-Rate Second-Rate Men?

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Raymond Scheele, Professor and Co-Director Emeritus Ball State University Heath Bowman’s book Hoosier tells a story about Indiana Governor Thomas Marshall in the early years of the 20th Century: The setting is around midnight on July 3, 1912: A reporter approached Marshall’s house in the dark. He rang the bell-key and nobody answered. He rang…
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Primaries Are Over: Time to Unify?

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Raymond Scheele, Professor Emeritus Ball State University The two “presumptive nominees” for President are settled and attention now turns to the effort to “unify” the political parties. This effort of trying to bring people together peacefully has been identified and discussed for centuries. In 1787, James Madison wrote the famous “Federalist No. 10” in which…
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Bathroom Politics

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Joseph Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs Since North Carolina passed a law requiring transgendered individuals to use the public bathrooms appropriate for their biological sex and not their preferred gender, it has faced some serious economic consequences.  The electronic payment service PayPal stopped their plan to bring 400 new jobs to the state and…
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This Year, Indiana Matters: Hoosier Survey Gives Insights into Primary Fights

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Sean Hildebrand Bowen Center for Public Affairs The Indiana primary election is just around the corner. On May 3, Hoosiers will go to the polls to select the Republican and Democratic Party candidates in November’s general election for President, Governor, Senator, and U.S. Representative among others. This year’s unique race has made Indiana a crucial…
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Hoosiers’ Views Mixed on Economy

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Joseph Losco and Sean Hildebrand Bowen Center for Public Affairs Hoosiers express mixed reactions to the state of the economy in Indiana, according to the Hoosier Survey taken at the close of 2015.  While generally satisfied with the state’s record of attracting jobs to the state, most Hoosiers do not believe they are economically better…
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Fresh Poll Numbers as the LGBT Debate Heats Up in the State House

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Joseph Losco and Sean Hildebrand Bowen Center for Public Affairs While about half of all Hoosiers support amending Indiana’s Civil Rights Act to include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgendered (LGBT) individuals, there is broad support for providing such individuals with specific protections in housing and employment (69.3%) public accommodations (69.8%), and securing public…
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LGBT Rights on the General Assembly Agenda. Hoosier Survey Sheds Light on Issue.

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Hoosiers Shed Light on Issue. Dr. Joseph Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation protecting the civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals but included certain exemptions for organizations with strong religious objections. The bill will be hotly debated as the new session of the General Assembly opens next…
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Hoosiers Think State is on the Right Track, but Economic Insecurity Lingers

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Improving Highways and Environmental Protection Rise as Priorities. Dr. Joseph Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs The 2015 WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey found that 51% of Hoosiers believe that Indiana is headed in the right direction while thirty-six percent say the state is on the wrong track.  There is wide variation by party affiliation but…
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