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Poor People’s Campaign – 2018

By: Todd Smekens Fifty Years Later MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Begins Muncie, IN Blog – Everyone is familiar with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s work on the non-violent civil rights movement in the 1960’s which assisted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Former President John F Kennedy introduced the bill to […]

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Government

Identity Politics Blurs Our Real Issues

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – What in the world is “identity politics” and why does it matter? For the Grand Ole Party, it doesn’t mean a whole lot. For Trump, he apparently wants to be identified as a racist, sexist, xenophobic nationalist. For the Democratic Party, it’s been everything. It’s also why they’ve […]

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Racism + Ignorance = Manipulation Politics

By: Todd Smekens Politicians Manipulate Instead of Truth Telling Hate and racism aren’t separate┬áissues from politics. I’ve written about this often and yet, even today, I’m still dismissed as “too political”. That’s funny when you consider how much Indiana loves its hate and also loves electing Republican lawmakers. Are they really connected? Inextricably. The Chicago […]

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Business Government

Who’s Preventing Single Payer Insurance?

Big Money Against Single Payer Insurance By: Todd Smekens Muncie, IndianaBlog– Lots of interesting news floating around on the internet about the G20 Summit, Russia, Trump, #FakeNews, etc., but none of these distractions are as important as our health care crisis in America made worse by income and wealth inequality. As Warren Buffet recently lamented, […]

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Government

The New York Times Serves the Establishment

The New York Times Slimes Most Popular Politician in the U.S. Muncie, Indiana BLOG – The New York Times has been running plentiful ads on social media claiming to be the leader in “hard-hitting” journalism. I suspect the advertising campaign comes from the restructure at Fox News after the death of Roger Ailes, and the […]

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Indiana Workers Just Got Sucker Punched by GOP

Hoosiers’ Income Lagging for Decades Muncie, Indiana Blog – As a journalist and progressive, it’s difficult to share these type of facts with workers residing in Muncie, Delaware County, and Indiana. Although each week and month we pay bills, we instinctively know that our incomes aren’t keeping up. We hear the Pope and national leaders […]

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Government

Third Party: The People Need Representation

Third Party is a “Spoiler” – This is a “Politically Bigoted Word” ~ Ralph Nader Muncie, Indiana NEWS – Well, the first fraudulent presidential debate was on center stage this week at Hofstra University with all pundits pointing to a clear victory for Hillary Clinton. She prepared for the political debate, whereas Donald Trump prefers […]

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Government

Indiana Primary Election: Trump and Sanders Show

Muncie, Indiana NEWS – The Indiana primary elections are coming next week on Tuesday, May 3rd to a polling place near your Indiana home. It’s already proving to be one of the biggest shows this year and despite the wins last week by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Northeast, Indiana’s primary is huge […]

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Culture Government

The Media Created Donald Trump by Destroying Politics

How the Media Enabled Donald Trump by Destroying Politics First March 4, 2016 by Neal Gabler This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. It is more than a little ironic that the Republican Establishment and the mainstream media are both now in full panic mode over the possibility of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination. You […]

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Education

Muncie Schools: Leadership Isn’t a Popularity Contest

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– I met with Dr. Stephen Baule, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools, and found him to be a transformational leader which is exactly what our school system needs. After thirty minutes with him, I left the meeting with two other gentlemen who were equally impressed and all of us agreed, “Muncie school system […]