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Hoosier lore

Too late

I have a spectacularly lousy record of political predictions, so take that into account, but I think the ship has sailed on this possibility, Gov. Pence:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says national Republicans have reached out to him about running for president in 2016.

Ill winds


Areas where landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland may have a higher likelihood of severe weather and tornado touchdowns, a Purdue University study says.

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My bully pulpit

Last year, Indiana became one of the few states to pass a law requiring anti-bullying programs. Schools are required to offer programs and training for students and staff on preventing and identifying bullying, which is defined as "an imbalance of power, with a pattern or repeated acts over time, or acts done with the intent to cause harm."

As this story notes, schools are now working to comply with the law:

The South will rise again, and move

Hey, fellow crackers, did you know you were now a part of the South? At least NPR says so:

When cats run free

Having served all other Hoosier problems, the General Assembly now turns to -- drum roll, please -- feral cats:

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a measure supporters hope will improve the lives of stray cats in Indiana's mobile home parks.

Mystery solved

Earlyin this story, we learn that economists are confounded by a growing phenomenon:

Most everyone agrees that the graying of America's baby boom generation has exacerbated the problem as larger numbers of boomers near age 65 and opt to retire early. But the erosion of the workforce participation rate since the recession ended in 2009 has exceeded most estimates that took into account the aging boomers.

On time

I'm not sure this is a very meaningful statistic. Or, put another way, don't make too much of it:

Three in 10 students enrolled at an Indiana four-year college graduate on time, and only half finish within six years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The great gun divide

Why some people carry and some people don't:

In my experience, those individuals who carry do so because they very consciously do not want to belong to the class of citizens that is inherently helpless — totally reliant upon the state to protect not just themselves but their family, friends, and neighbors. If the choice is between protectors and protected, they choose to be protectors. 

. . . and we're not gonna take it anymore

Indiana is in the vanguard of the anti-1984 movement:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.

Big shift

Now, this is truly surprising:

More than a third of the Indiana House members who voted for a constitutional same-sex marriage ban in 2011 now plan to vote against it or are wavering.

The number switching to support the amendment? Zero.