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City Government

Muncie Mayor Not Seeking Reelection

Earlier this afternoon, an emotional Dennis Tyler announced to a room full of his department heads and the press that he will not seek reelection. At 76 years of age, he’s decided that he will continue serving as the chief executive for the remaining eleven months and then spend time with his children and grandchildren. […]

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Education

The Coup of Muncie Schools is Nearly Complete

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – I just had to write a few words about the “Ball State takeover” or coup of Muncie Community Schools, otherwise known as House Bill 1315 authored by Rep. Tim Brown from Crawfordsville who orchestrated the original state takeover of Muncie Community Schools (MCS) last year via an emergency manager. Let […]

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Culture Government

Media Echo Chambers Double Down on RussiaGate

How Do You Like Your RussiaGate? By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana Blog – Somewhere between two parallel universes lies the truth but I’m not sure Americans want the truth. If social media tests are valid and sociological studies have credibility, we are sorting ourselves out by developing echo chambers or constant feedback loops where similar […]

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Government

Guardian Brewery Given $460K By Taxpayers

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – In my last article on MadJax, I eluded to the corruption within our city administration tainting the makers’ place in the former Cintas project. In order to satisfy upset Guardian Brewery’s executives, city officials decided to loan $460,000 to Sustainable Muncie paying Pridemark for tenant improvements. Normally, these tenant improvements […]

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Government

Muncie Corruption – FBI Makes First Arrest

Craig Nichols Arrested on 33 Counts Muncie, Indiana NEWS – The FBI has been investigating Muncie officials for over a year now culminating in an arrest last week of Craig Nichols, Muncie’s Building Commissioner. He was given the position by a newly elected Mayor, Dennis Tyler (D) back in January 2012. Mayor Tyler stepped down […]

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Culture Government

2016 Presidential Election Was a Grand Production

Muncie, IN  – In the future, historians will look back on the 2016 presidential election and say, “That must have been one of the worst years to be an American.”, or “The 2016 presidential election was the beginning of the end for American democracy.” Actually, there are many people nationally already saying it for historians. […]

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Community Culture Government

‘Religious Freedom Bill’ Exposes the Ugly Side of Indiana

Religious Freedom Bill Brings Darkness to the Light MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – None of the Indiana colleges played in the Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament, but it was still an emotional week for Hoosiers across the state. A republican governor, with the support of a supermajority of republicans in Indianapolis, who were still feeling the […]

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Government

Senator Obama Supported Surveillance Reforms

by Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial NSA surveillance reforms. Here are […]

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Government

Wiretapping: Timeline of Privacy vs. Security

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Government

NSA Snooping Black Hole of Information

The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But […]