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Hoosiers and Reapportionment: Considerations after the Arizona Ruling

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Dr. Joseph Losco and Dr. Raymond Scheele Bowen Center for Public Affairs Recently, the U. S. Supreme Court in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission ruled that Arizona’s use of an independent commission to redraw congressional districts is constitutional. By 5-4, the court ruled that the commission created by a ballot initiative in…
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The UK General Election 2015 and its Aftermath

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Dr. Gene Frankland Ball State University Since 1945 British general elections produced majority governments by either the Conservative party or Labour party until 2010. That year the Conservatives finished first, but fell short of a majority in the House of Commons. They formed a coalition with the third place Liberal Democrats and were able to…
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The Law and Public Opinion

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Dr. Raymond Scheele and Dr. Joseph Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs “Public Opinion is always in advance of the law.”   –John Galsworthy, Nobel Laureate, 1932 Indiana state elected officials may not be aware of John Galsworthy or his quote.  However, the signals are clear that there would be a negative public reaction to the…
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How Might a Primary Election Challenger Impact Governor Pence’s Re-election Chances?

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Dr. Raymond Scheele and Dr. Joe Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs Following what was generally regarded as a poor performance by Governor Mike Pence during the controversy surrounding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), speculation raged regarding the possibility that the Governor would face one or more Republican challengers for the 2016 gubernatorial nomination…
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Dr. Otis R. Bowen: The Legacy

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Published 05/06/2013 Dr. Otis Ray Bowen died Saturday.  He was 95. He was a medical doctor, an army physician in World War II, a general practitioner in northern Indiana, a county coroner, a state representative, a Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, a leader of the minority caucus in the House, a two-term Governor…
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2013 Community Conversations Selected

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Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs are proud to announce our 2013 Community Conversations Selections! The theme for the next three years will be Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana. Selected regions, lead partners and topics include: Evansville. Historic Southern Indiana, a heritage-based program out of the University of Southern Indiana, will examine…
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2012 Hoosier Survey Results

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The 2012 WISH-TV/Ball State University Hoosier Survey identified Indiana residents’ top priorities for state government action during the 2013 legislative session, and garners their opinions on popular social issues throughout the state. For the third straight year, job creation is the number one priority for Hoosiers.