The emergence of two-party government in the last decade has been healthy for Vigo County.
Republicans in the high-profile offices of Terre Haute mayor and county prosecutor function alongside Democrat-led city and county councils and commissions. They co-exist, deal with disagreements and provide crucial checks and balances of each other’s power. That’s a good situation.
By contrast, the ugly byproduct of single-party dominance at the state government level in Indiana is now on full, unsettling display for Hoosiers to witness. It disguises itself as an ongoing territorial conflict between Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and members of the State Board of Education. This feud boils down to the ill effects of power.
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