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Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

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Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it […]

Commentary: I was just happy to be there

Commentary: I was just happy to be there

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I finished a series of projects this week, as did a number of my friends. We all work in the Indiana Statehouse in varying roles, and the legislative session just concluded. The Statehouse is a unique place during the session, especially at the end. The interested parties in negotiations for the […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and the locked gate

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the locked gate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – She was a grand dame, a refined Southern blueblood, and she knew it. She believed in the prerogatives of class – felt, to her core, that the circumstances of her birth entitled her to certain privileges, a social standing elevated above that of others. I met her during the […]

Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Jefferson said it best. “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it,” Jefferson wrote to […]

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Four TheStatehouseFile.com reporters win award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Four student journalists for TheStatehouseFile.com claimed a third-place award at the 38th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana” gala. TheStatehouseFile.com – a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students – won the honor in the “Coverage of Government or Politics” category. Franklin College students Shelby Mullis, Adrianna […]

Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s legislators managed to make it through this session of the Indiana General Assembly without putting Hoosiers at each others’ throats or turning the state into a national joke. This is progress. The 2017 legislative session has been a quiet one. There haven’t been any mass protests that […]

Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I don’t know of any woman who hasn’t been subjected to some form of sexual harassment or discrimination. Maybe she was accosted by a gaggle of middle-aged men at a swimming pool, grabbed by the crotch in the kitchen where she had her first job, or propositioned at the police station […]

Commentary: Working instead of whining

Commentary: Working instead of whining

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Because of my psychological need to get the last word, I have a bad habit of getting into arguments with individuals on Facebook. Most recently it was over jobs, and the economy and the reality matched up with data. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reported the state’s unemployment rate […]

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Oh Me! Oh Life! is one of Walt Whitman’s classic poems about one of life’s most commonly recurring questions: why are we here? Public officials often ask themselves this question in a more limited scope, and often out of exhaustion or frustration. Public service can be a draining experience and is […]

Commentary: Steve Goldsmith and simple wisdom

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Commentary: Steve Goldsmith and simple wisdom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Goldsmith says three words. “I was wrong.” He follows with another three. “They were right.” The former two-term mayor of Indianapolis and I are talking about historic preservation for an upcoming documentary. Goldsmith specifically is addressing clashes more than 20 years old over the development of Circle Centre […]

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