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  • The Unconvention: A Soundbite-Free Evening of Political Talk

    It is early September of the year 2012. The bloody and brutal Republican and Democratic national conventions have finally (mercifully) come to an end. After two solid weeks of unrelenting partisan mudslinging and terrible speech-giving, a battered and bewildered American people wander aimlessly through the smoldering remains of the political landscape, searching for some small salve. Something to restore their faith in democracy.

    Luckily for them, on September 9th, Indecision is teaming up with 92Y’s Campaign for the American Conversation to present The Unconvention, a night in which people from all gradients of the political spectrum will come together for a night of bickerless political conversation and humor.

    Performers and speakers that night include former governor and senator from Indiana Evan Bayh, Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, former RNC chair Michael Steele, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan and 17-year-old reformed conservative partisan Jonathan Krohn.

    Buy your tickets now!


    Tags: Ben Smith, BuzzFeed, Dylan Ratigan, Evan Bayh, Indiana, Jesse Ventura, Michael Steele, Minnesota, Republican National Convention, Senate, The Unconvention
  • Quote Unquote: Disconnecting the Phone

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on getting the all-important veep call from Mitt Romney

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    "If I thought that call was coming, I would disconnect the phone."

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    The really shocking thing here is that Mitch Daniels still uses a landline.


    Tags: Indiana, Mitch Daniels, Quote Unquote, Veepstakes
  • Dick Lugar's Defeat May Signal End to These Happy Bipartisan Times

    One day in the near future, we will look back upon these current halcyon days of congressional bipartisanship and across-the-aisle camaraderie – of Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives coming together for the common good of the nation — and we will stretch our wearied lips into a bittersweet smile for a lost golden age.

    In case you missed the news of yesterday's Indiana senatorial Republican primary

    Not only did Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock just put an end to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's 35-year U.S. Senate career, but it wasn't even close… In and of itself, the crushing defeat of such a long-time veteran of the Senate would be a big story, but the importance of this development will be felt way beyond Indiana…

    Mourdock's victory not only means that this particular Senate seat is likely to be more conservative (assuming he goes on to win the general election in this traditionally red state), but it also puts Republican Senators everywhere on notice that no seat is safe anywhere in the country. Any elected Republican that doesn't pursue a small government agenda once in office risks suffering the same fate as Lugar.

    It would appear as though a second-term Obama wouldn't face nearly warmth and open-armed support from congressional Republicans as to which he's become accustomed.

    They might even make it hard for him to do his job.

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    Related: The Top Ten Ways Romney Can Win Over Conservatives

    Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: Dick Lugar, Indiana, Primaries, Republicans, Richard Mourdock, Senate, Tea Party
  • Ron Paul: Tornadoes Are Nature's Way of Marketing Insurance

    For those frustrated by the constrained range of policies offered by mainstream politicians, Ron Paul's campaign offers a welcome opportunity to learn how a doctrinaire libertarian would respond to difficult events, such as the recent spate of deadly storms that tore through the South and Midwest. Unfortunately, espousing this doctrine often makes Paul look an F5-scale clown

    "There is no such thing as federal money," Paul said, on CNN's State of the Union. "Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me."

    "The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance," Paul said.

    Paul said there was a role for the National Guard to restore order and provide care and shelter in major emergencies, but that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) led to nothing but "frustration and anger."

    Of course by "insurance," Paul might mean "millions in earmarks and other federal disbursements," since that's what Galveston, Texas received in the aftermath of a series of hurricanes, at Paul's behest. Or maybe the residents of Kentucky and Indiana could be more self-reliant than that: I hear bootstraps make excellent construction tools.

    Alternatively, we could invent a newfangled system of compulsory contributions, commensurate with income, that could be redistributed to people who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a natural disaster. We could call it "a government."

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Indiana, Kentucky, Natural Disasters, Republicans, Ron Paul, Weather
  • Indiana Creationism Bill Goes Extinct

    Bummer news for Indiana residents. Despite the heroic efforts of certain factions of their state legislature, they will not be able to preach evidence-free creationist theories in science classes, leaving just every single other aspect of their lives in which to preach it

    A bill that would have specifically allowed Indiana's public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science classes has been shelved by the leader of the Indiana House of Representatives.

    The proposal cleared the state Senate two weeks ago, but Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is using a procedural move to kill the proposal for this legislative session.

    "It seemed to me not to be a productive discussion, particularly in light that there is a United States Supreme Court case that appears to be on point that very similar language is counter to the constitution," Bosma said Tuesday. "It looked to me to be buying a lawsuit when the state can ill afford it."

    So, there you go. A victory for science. A short term one at least. I think it's a pretty safe bet to assume that this effort will eventually evolve to adapt to this changing legal climate. It's all part of God's plan.

    (via Center for Inquiry)


    Tags: Education, Evolution, Indiana, Religion, Science & Technology, State Legislature, Supreme Court