Representative Susan Brooks: Campaign finance in Indiana’s 5th congressional district

Spoiler Alert- Brooks (R): $1,705,504 Thornton (D): $29,042 Axios published an article on August 28, “Most campaign contributions come from outside candidates’ districts,”[1] that has an interactive map showing the source of campaign contributions for US Senate and House candidates. The data for the map is from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) data repository.[2] The map is a … More Representative Susan Brooks: Campaign finance in Indiana’s 5th congressional district

Attention, US Senators and Representatives: “When majesty falls to folly. Reserve thy state.”

Let it fall rather, though the fork invade The region of my heart. Be Kent unmannerly When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old man? Think’st thou that duty shall have dread to speak When power to flattery bows? To plainness honor’s bound When majesty falls to folly. Reserve thy state. When William Shakespeare … More Attention, US Senators and Representatives: “When majesty falls to folly. Reserve thy state.”

An open letter to Senator Todd Young -Preserve John McCain’s America

To Senator Todd Young, United States Senator from Indiana: You are a Senator of the United States of America with the power to shape the country’s future. You can’t do that by being subservient to the executive branch or to Mitch McConnell or to lobbyists. How sad it would be for you to look back … More An open letter to Senator Todd Young -Preserve John McCain’s America

Algae blooms in Florida are a manifestation of a much larger problem.

Algae blooms are not unique to Florida. While nutrient pollution potentiates blooms in all 50 states[i] and in countries around the world, one could argue that, at some point, differences in degree become differences in kind. Florida – a difference in kind? There are some unique circumstances in Florida that may support that argument. Lake … More Algae blooms in Florida are a manifestation of a much larger problem.

How to understand Trump and his base? Begin by dismissing facts as neither absolute nor relevant.

I must confess that I’m growing weary of hearing Trump’s critics expressing their incredulity at his actions. The refrain from this group is that Trump’s actions are irrational and are almost always at odds with the facts. I couldn’t agree more, but at some point, it’s important to understand that no amount of fact checking … More How to understand Trump and his base? Begin by dismissing facts as neither absolute nor relevant.

Remembering Leonard Goldstein – when a life exceeds the sum of its parts.

I have always said that I write these pages not because of any great impact it will have, or that I have delusions of being an especially insightful writer. Rather, it is something I must do. I expect no great readership of these pages, and the lack thereof is liberating because it affords me great … More Remembering Leonard Goldstein – when a life exceeds the sum of its parts.