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Commentary: In a trap of their own making

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Commentary: In a trap of their own making

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even when they’re winning, Republicans can’t seem to win. In the same week that GOP stalwarts celebrated two special election congressional victories in South Carolina and Georgia, they quickly found themselves on the defensive for two reasons. The first was the unveiling of the health-care plan devised in secret […]

Commentary: A quiet protest to raise hazing death awareness

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Commentary: A quiet protest to raise hazing death awareness

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com In 2019, unless college students wake up and police their own kind, the United States will experience a nonstop half-century of hazing deaths. That’s right. One death a year for 50 years, and in some years multiple deaths, just so teams and Greeks can have a little cheap entertainment at the […]

Commentary: Elvis, just before he left the building

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Commentary: Elvis, just before he left the building

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He was still Elvis. And I saw him. Forty years ago, on June 26, 1977, I attended Elvis Presley’s last concert. It was at the now-demolished Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis. I was a teenager then. I’d skipped school to buy the tickets, getting myself into a fair […]

Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

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Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

By Rep. Linda Lawson TheStatehouseFile.com I remember my first domestic violence case as a young officer on the Hammond Police Department. My partner and I went out on the call and had to contact our sergeant and lieutenant for advice.  The scene was shocking and absolutely vicious. Children were in the home as well as […]

Commentary: Mike Pence lawyers up

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Commentary: Mike Pence lawyers up

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When he was running for president, Donald Trump pledged, again and again, to put Americans back to work. Who knew that he meant only the nation’s lawyers? As the various investigations into possible ties Trump, the Trump campaign and the Trump administration might have with Russia, almost everyone who […]

Commentary: Sessions helps Trump out of the frying pan and into….

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Commentary: Sessions helps Trump out of the frying pan and into….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If the Trump administration truly has nothing to hide regarding Russia, then the president and his team are handling the various investigations into their ties with that country in the stupidest way possible. That much became clear during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee […]

Commentary: Make gentle the life of this world

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Commentary: Make gentle the life of this world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When the news broke that a disturbed man with a gun opened fire in Northern Virginia on Republican members of Congress who were practicing for a charity baseball game, I found myself remembering Robert F. Kennedy’s words on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. And I found […]

Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

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Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Remember when you were a kid and plotted with your friends or siblings to do something you know your mom or dad would never approve of? You didn’t want the grownups in the room as you hatched your scheme, whatever it was. That’s what I thought of listening to the former […]

Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

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Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Bet you didn’t know guns were a cure for cancer. Or that they solve math problems faster than computers and calculators. Or that they are even better than a mother’s love. You would know – or at least believe – these things if you lived in the same part […]

Commentary: Trump and Comey, a beginning, not an end

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Commentary: Trump and Comey, a beginning, not an end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The trouble is serious. Context matters. And the trouble isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Those were three primary takeaways from former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony before the U.S. Senate Thursday. Minutes after Comey finished his open testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, I talked, over […]

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