Monthly Archives: April 2013

Right-To-Work Could Mean Changes for Unions (repost)

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(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 4/18 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)

The idea of being a “right-to-work” state is certainly not new. Almost half the states (24 of 50) in the Union have such laws. It is different in the Midwest, though. Home to a majority of the so-called “rust belt” states, unionization is something different here… a way of life for many. From steel mills to auto factories to shipping ports and so many industries in-between, unions are everywhere. Could that be changing now though?  Will right-to-work kill the unions who helped build this region and our country?

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Boston Marathon: Jumping to Assumptions (repost)

(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 4/22 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings we, as a nation, have been tested.  While this incident did not affect us all in the same way, it certainly has impacted us.  Tragedies such as these always lead people into the “who done it” and “why did they do it” discussion.  As soon as the bombings were reported people started saying that “right-wing groups” or “people of Islamic decent” (which I am not even sure if you can be a descendant of a religion) were behind this.  It seems to be a reflex now to assign blame before we even know any of the facts.  Carl Wicklander wrote an excellent piece about this earlier in his column ICON.

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Gun Control Debate Isn’t About Guns (repost)

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(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 4/12 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)

Gun control is certainly not a new issue in the United States but the topic has never been hotter than it is right now.  The fight over the Second Amendment to the Constitution and its bearing upon today’s society is everywhere – the 24-hour news channels on TV, talk radio, the internet, and the front page of every paper in the US.  It seems that every facet of the gun control issue that could be debated is being debated.  The thing is, the argument isn’t really about guns or gun control…its about the role of the federal government, individual liberty and state’s rights

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“Accidental Racist” Has Good Intentions (repost)


(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 4/10 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)

Country Star Brad Paisley released a new album Wheelhouse yesterday.  While that in itself is not newsworthy outside of Country Music circles, the song Accidental Racist from the album has drawn a lot of flak.  Paisley has received a lot of press regarding this song in the past few days, most of it negative.  However, the saying goes “there is no such thing as bad publicity” – and despite the bad press – I think that is once again the case.  More people are aware of his new album than were a week ago which could result in increased sales.  It is also touching a topic that still deserves a lot of discussion in our Nation.

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MSNBC and Your Children vs. Our Children

A recent video by MSNBC Host  Melissa Harris-Perry has some Conservative Groups up in arms.  In the past two days I have received emails from a few of these groups responding to the ad.  In fact, if it were not for the emails, I would never have been aware of the ad.  The emails contain the usual “outrage” that most emails of this type include.  A call to action of sorts against the leftist agenda.  One minor problem…there isn’t anything to be upset about.

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NSF Research – Purdue Appeals to Bucshon

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Recently Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN 8) toured Purdue University and met with faculty and research leaders to discuss government sponsored research and its importance to the University.  Congressman Bucshon is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research, so this carries a bit more weight than the normal district work period meet-and-greet.  Additionally, Rep. Bucshon was a heart surgeon prior to being elected to Congress in 2010 so he knows a bit about research and its importance in society.

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GOP Voters Want Leadership

Hand-tinted photo of the White House north face, circa 1900 - courtesy of

Hand-tinted photo of the White House north face, circa 1900 – courtesy of

The Republican Party, while not solidified behind any candidate(s) yet, appears to favor someone who has served as governor rather than as a senator.  According to the recent Quinnipiac University poll, 59 percent of those who identify themselves as Republicans prefer someone with a governor’s background while 23 percent favor senatorial experience.

While Quinnipiac’s poll surveyed Republicans’ feeling towards former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with Rubio and Ryan leading the pack with 19 and 17 percent respectively.  However, when names were removed and the generic question of “if you had to choose, would you prefer that the Republican party nominate for President a candidate with experience as a governor or experience as a United States Senator” was posed to respondents, the numbers showed that 59 percent favored a governor while 23 favored a senator and 18 percent were undecided.

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Welcome to The MidWest Wing 3.0 – a rededication

In the roughly two years I have operated this blog it has gone through a couple makeovers.  We have had a few contributors over those two years and are always open to more (hint…hint).  I will be posting more here as the time goes by – linking to stories I have written for IVN and my column there The MidWest Wing Report.  Of course, this space will be what it has always been, my opinions on how things should be and how things should progress.  I have a feeling that in the next couple of months this site will become more than it has ever been….mostly because I will finally have time to dedicate towards this ever evolving project.