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Rich James joined the Post-Tribune in 1978 and has spent almost 40 years in the newspaper business. James covered the first of seven sessions of …Read More

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Rich James: NWI lawmakers could make an impact in 2012

The start of the General Assembly each year is pretty much like opening day of the baseball season — all slates are clean and optimism runs high. Such will be the case come Jan. 4 when the Legislature launches the biennial short session that by …

Rich James: Unrest festers in Lake GOP

There apparently is a good bit of George Bush in Lake County Chairwoman Kim Krull. They both seem to think it’s OK to break the rules if it suits their purpose. And when you get caught, you blame it on someone else. What Krull and …

In less than a week, people across the nation will gather to give thanks. I do so today. I’m thankful: For puppy dog kisses. That I haven’t had a cigarette for more than four years. That Barack Obama is president. For red meat and homegrown …

Rich James: Winners, losers emerge from Tuesday election

We’ve got winners and we’ve got losers in the wake of Tuesday’s municipal elections. And the biggest winner is? That clearly has to be Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who doubles as Lake County Democratic chairman. McDermott won re-election over Republican George Janiec, pulling 80 …

Rich James: Snyder campaign floats possible paths to replace top cop

It’s time for Jim Snyder to man-up. Snyder is the Republican candidate for Portage mayor. And he and his followers are becoming more obsessed with Portage Police Chief Mark Becker by the day. A month or so ago, I wrote that Becker — who retired …

Rich James: Philpot has overstayed his welcome on the ballot

Lake County Democratic politics has a storied history. But if the book were closed today, the ignominious side would be best remembered. And right there in Chapter 1, you’d likely find the story of Tom Philpot. Philpot flim-flammed his way through Lake County politics for …

Rich James: Crown Point GOP wobbles from Dem punch thrown 20 years ago

We’re just a little more than two weeks away from electing the people who run our towns and cities. And in terms of mayoral politics, Lake County Republicans are hurting. Republicans don’t have mayoral candidates in two of the county’s seven cities. And they don’t …

  • Rich James: Tea partiers wrong to embrace Reagan as their guy

    When I heard that the Lake County Republican Party was planning its 5th annual Reagan Breakfast, it got me thinking again about the party’s fascination with the late president. I met Ronald Reagan in 1980 in the press trailer after he gave a campaign speech …Read More

  • Rich James: The big lake’s wild side gives one pause

    It was one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in all my years around here. Almost as thrilling as watching the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010. Almost as exciting as watching Barack Obama get elected president of the United States in …Read More

  • Rich James: Whatever the work is, sign says Roy’s doing it

    I was headed west on U.S. 30 minding my own business and there it was just before Broadway. Bam! Talk about having that deer-in-the-headlights feeling. There he was on one of those illuminated billboards with the every present smile. Could have been a tooth paste …Read More

  • Rich James: NWI waiting for Mitch to show some the love

    I don’t know, Mitch. You were kind of a lovable guy when you were first elected governor. I even got on board with that “My Man Mitch” thing. But, you’ve changed. I’ve seen it over the last couple of years. Maybe that presidency thing did …

    Rich James: Lake County leaders sound more like whiners

    What a week it’s been, and no, I’m not talking about the Republican debacle in Iowa. No, I’m talking about right here back home in Lake County. Where Democrats are Democrats. What happened was that, finally, after almost four years of bellyaching, someone said enough …

    Rich James: Levee issue is mired in politicians’ re-election ambitions

    Whatever happened to that saying that “good government is good politics.” There was a heckuva lot of truth to that. Still is. But today it’s all about getting re-elected and to many that means doing the right thing politically. Too many elected officials are afraid …

    Rich James: Take a memo on still asking for IDs

    I knew it. I just knew it. Even though the law changed, I knew they were going to get me. Maybe it’s because I worked hard to get rid of the most ludicrous law ever enacted by the state of Indiana. Yeah, I’m talking about …

    Rich James: Portage in good hands with Velazquez, Becker

    Jim Snyder is slick. Most people who run mortgage companies are. But he’s also wrong and needs to be told. Snyder is the Republican candidate for Portage mayor. He’s facing Mayor Olga Velazquez, just as he did four years ago when he narrowly lost. Snyder …

    Rich James: Partisan politics hurts push for conservancy district

    I was proud of what Lake County Democrats did during the last session of the General Assembly. And that’s not something I have said very often over the years. I was especially pleased with Sen. Earline Rogers, who went out of her way to stop …

    Rich James: Maybe GOP does need a prayer

    For a group that controls most of the wealth in this country, Republicans really aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box. The GOP is six months away from going headlong into the primary election process, and they don’t have a clue as to whom they …