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 (AP) — Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.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

It's not the economy, stupid

Indiana University professor Charles Trzcinka: The claim that putting a same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution would have a negative economic impact is bogus:

The family plan


Indiana's juvenile detention centers have been enlisted in a study exploring whether incarcerated youths' behavior can be improved by increasing their visits with relatives.

The red state front lines

While we've been duking it out in Indiana over whether to move our gay marriage ban from the law to the state constitution, judges in Utah and Oklahoma have ruled those states' limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution on equal protection grounds. The language and the reasoning used have become pretty standard in eliminating "moral disapproval" as a rationale for laws:


Saaay, are they trying to sneak this one by us?

INDIANAPOLIS – A committee of lawmakers will hold a hearing next week on the controversial same-sex marriage ban being discussed in the Indiana General Assembly.

If it can happen in Utah . . .

Question: Do you think Indiana legislators are paying attention to what's happening in Utah? Answer: They'd be crazy not to.

A federal judge in Utah — who last week issued a controversial ruling allowing same-sex marriages — on Monday denied the state’s request for a stay.