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When the General Assembly convenes on Jan. 4, the eyes of the nation may well be on Indiana. Not because the state remains the best in the nation when it comes to high school basketball, but because there will be an unwarrated attack upon organized labor. The Republicans, who do the bidding of corporations and other businesses, will seek the passage of a right-to-work bill. The bill would force organized labor to represent workers who refuse to pay union dues. The bill also would be a significant step by Republicans to destroy the unions that built America. The Republicans say … ]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:00:02 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/9028281-452/rich-james-indiana-doesnt-need-right-to-work-legislation.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/9028281-452/rich-james-indiana-doesnt-need-right-to-work-legislation.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Scheub, Dominguez battle poised to be intense ]]> Lead story image

Don’t look for Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub and former Sheriff Roy Dominguez to be exchanging Christmas cards anytime soon. Nope, those two don’t like each other so good. And as of a few days ago, that animosity got a bit worse. Dominguez who left the sheriff’s office at the end of last year, announced that he will challenge Scheub in the 2012 Democratic primary for county commissioner. Scheub will be seeking a fifth term. According to state statute, Dominguez couldn’t seek a third consecutive term as sheriff. This could be fun, folks. You know, politics like it used to … ]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:22:14 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8450905-452/rich-james-scheub-dominguez-battle-poised-to-be-intense.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8450905-452/rich-james-scheub-dominguez-battle-poised-to-be-intense.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Region Rats are proud, valuable citizens ]]> Lead story image

I’m Rich J. I’m a Region Rat. Have been all my life. I’m not looking to change and don’t want anyone’s sympathy. As most of us are, I’m a proud Region Rat. There’s something special about this corner of the state. You won’t find what we have here anywhere else in Indiana, or the country for that matter. It’s a select club. If you’re not born a Region Rat, you’ll never be one. There’s no application process. A Region Rat represents all that is good about this area. It’s not somethng to be ashamed of as some are now suggesting. … ]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:48:14 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8195518-452/rich-james-region-rats-are-proud-valuable-citizens.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8195518-452/rich-james-region-rats-are-proud-valuable-citizens.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: NWI lawmakers could make an impact in 2012 ]]> Lead story image

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 law must end by mid-March. The 17 representatives from Lake and Porter counties could be a force in the Statehouse just based on their numbers. And they could be an even greater force for Lake and Porter counties — which is what they were elected to do — if they came together and stayed that … ]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 09:02:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/9160371-452/rich-james-nwi-lawmakers-could-make-an-impact-in-2012.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/9160371-452/rich-james-nwi-lawmakers-could-make-an-impact-in-2012.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Unrest festers in Lake GOP ]]> Lead story image

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 the county Republican Central Committee did is in violation of state statute that governs the Indiana Gaming Commission. The statute says an organization having a fundraiser with prizes valued under $1,000 has to apply for what it calls “an exemption.” It’s a simple process. If the prizes are worth more than $1,000, the organization has … ]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:18:49 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8070170-452/rich-james-unrest-festers-in-lake-gop.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8070170-452/rich-james-unrest-festers-in-lake-gop.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Columnist finds plenty to be thankful for ]]> Lead story image

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 tomatoes in the summer. That year-in and year-out the Chicago White Sox are the best baseball team in town. For family, even though it is dwindling in size. That I have a Red Ryder BB gun, just like Ralphie. For quiet afternoons on pristine lakes with a cane pole and a can of worms. For … ]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:13:52 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8882733-452/rich-james-columnist-finds-plenty-to-be-thankful-for.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8882733-452/rich-james-columnist-finds-plenty-to-be-thankful-for.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Winners, losers emerge from Tuesday election ]]> Lead story image

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 percent of the vote. This is the same Janiec who four years ago lost to McDermott by a scant 600 votes. Not only did Janiec get hammered, but Kimberly Poland, the lone Republican on the Hammond City Council was ousted by Bill Emerson Sr., who pulled 64 percent of the vote. Given what happened in … ]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:52:20 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8743433-452/rich-james-winners-losers-emerge-from-tuesday-election.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8743433-452/rich-james-winners-losers-emerge-from-tuesday-election.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Snyder campaign floats possible paths to replace top cop ]]> Lead story image

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 from the FBI to take the chief’s job in Portage — would be ousted if Snyder won the mayor’s race. I went on to say that it would be a shame because Becker has more law enforcement knowledge than any chief in Northwest Indiana — perhaps even the entire state. Becker, quite simply, is that … ]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:04:08 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8569983-452/rich-james-snyder-campaign-floats-possible-paths-to-replace-top-cop.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8569983-452/rich-james-snyder-campaign-floats-possible-paths-to-replace-top-cop.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Philpot has overstayed his welcome on the ballot ]]> Lead story image

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 almost 20 years. He was good at what he did — impressing some people and intimidating others into supporting him. Chances are good that Philpot has waged his last campaign and gotten his last vote. U.S. Attorney David Capp announced the indictment of Philpot on mail fraud and theft charges on Thursday. What Philpot allegedly … ]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:53:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7831254-452/rich-james-philpot-has-overstayed-his-welcome-on-the-ballot.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7831254-452/rich-james-philpot-has-overstayed-his-welcome-on-the-ballot.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Crown Point GOP wobbles from Dem punch thrown 20 years ago ]]> Lead story image

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 have much of a chance in the other five. Lake County Republicans are in a more pitiful state than Democrats on the state level in Indiana. And Democrats would have to speed up to reach a slow shuffle. While Lake County always has been solidly Democratic, Republicans have had success over the years in winning … ]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:22:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8306513-452/rich-james-crown-point-gop-wobbles-from-dem-punch-thrown-20-years-ago.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/8306513-452/rich-james-crown-point-gop-wobbles-from-dem-punch-thrown-20-years-ago.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Tea partiers wrong to embrace Reagan as their guy ]]> Lead story image

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 at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend. He was a friendly guy, although much shorter than I had anticipated. He had a sandwich and a soft drink and chatted about some of his movies before moving on. In the eyes of some Republicans — make that many Republicans — he is considered deity today. Perhaps … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:52:55 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7810039-452/rich-james-tea-partiers-wrong-to-embrace-reagan-as-their-guy.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7810039-452/rich-james-tea-partiers-wrong-to-embrace-reagan-as-their-guy.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: The big lake’s wild side gives one pause ]]> Lead story image

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 2008. And who can forget the feeling of the 2005 Chicago White Sox winning the World Series. It was just a couple of weeks back on Labor Day and we headed out to the Indiana Dunes State Park. This wasn’t for sun and sand and swimming. No, it was pretty chilly. The temperature struggled to … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:49:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7679005-452/rich-james-the-big-lakes-wild-side-gives-one-pause.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7679005-452/rich-james-the-big-lakes-wild-side-gives-one-pause.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Whatever the work is, sign says Roy’s doing it ]]> Lead story image

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 commercial. Yep, Roy Dominguez. The fellow who left the Lake County sheriff’s office eight months ago after having served eight years. And the message on the billboard was, “Our work continues.” Didn’t say what work. Just said work. And, it didn’t say when. Dominguez is a lawyer by trade, but he wasn’t soliciting clients. No, … ]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:46:48 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7543201-452/rich-james-whatever-the-work-is-sign-says-roys-doing-it.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7543201-452/rich-james-whatever-the-work-is-sign-says-roys-doing-it.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: NWI waiting for Mitch to show some the love ]]> Lead story image

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 it to you. You know, the whole world asking you to run and your ego quietly slipping out of control. And then, bam, for whatever reason, you decided to finish your term as governor and likely will fade from the political scene. But, hey, if it hadn’t been for you, Mitch, the Republican Party never … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:42:35 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7389086-452/rich-james-nwi-waiting-for-mitch-to-show-some-the-love.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7389086-452/rich-james-nwi-waiting-for-mitch-to-show-some-the-love.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Lake County leaders sound more like whiners ]]> Lead story image

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 is enough. They said it was time to end the unconstitutional state-imposed property tax levy freeze in Lake County. I’ve got to say, I was surprised. You would have thought that sometime over the last four years that someone from county government, or municipal government or township government would have filed suit to end the … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:30:15 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7142553-452/rich-james-lake-county-leaders-sound-more-like-whiners.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7142553-452/rich-james-lake-county-leaders-sound-more-like-whiners.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Levee issue is mired in politicians’ re-election ambitions ]]> Lead story image

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 to embrace “good government” for fear of not appearing to be astute politically. Sad. It used to be that elected officials stood up for what they believed in. Now it’s a matter of standing up for what they think is going to get them re-elected. Let’s look at a couple examples — Lake County municipal … ]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:16:51 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/6496914-452/rich-james-levee-issue-is-mired-in-politicians-re-election-ambitions.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/6496914-452/rich-james-levee-issue-is-mired-in-politicians-re-election-ambitions.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Take a memo on still asking for IDs ]]> Lead story image

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 the law that said anyone buying carry-out liquor had to show an ID or there wouldn’t be a sale. Didn’t matter if you were 21 or 91. While I found the law to be an infringement on my privacy, it got even worse. The law said the clerk had to check my ID to make … ]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:03:24 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/6393007-452/rich-james-take-a-memo-on-still-asking-for-ids.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/6393007-452/rich-james-take-a-memo-on-still-asking-for-ids.html <![CDATA[ Rich James: Portage in good hands with Velazquez, Becker ]]> Lead story image

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 is trying to make the Police Department and public safety one of the key issues of his campaign. You get the impression that Velazquez has let the Police Department go to hell and that crime is running rampant. Just the opposite. And, unfortunately for Portage, Snyder has put city police officers at center stage of … ]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:11:50 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7276544-452/rich-james-portage-in-good-hands-with-velazquez-becker.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/james/7276544-452/rich-james-portage-in-good-hands-with-velazquez-becker.html