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Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

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Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The calls keep coming. The writer Thomas Frank and I are talking over the air about his most recent book, “Listen, Liberal” – an unsparing critique of the ways the Democratic Party has lost its way by losing its connection with the working class, the dispossessed and the disinherited. […]

Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com A map that has been floating around on the internet sites shows how the country in less than two decades has devolved into a sharply divided nation where legislative districts are either overwhelmingly red or blue. No purple. Just mostly red and some blue. You might think that map, which is […]

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com During WWII, Winston Churchill was asked to cut funding for the arts. He replied, “then what are we fighting for?” Our president has proposed his first budget that features many things worthy of attack. In fact, his first proposed budget almost seems like a wartime suggestion in that it invests only […]

Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

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Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even though I’ve been covering politics for decades, the stupidity and short-sightedness of most politicians continues to astound me. Consider the slow-motion train wreck that was the joint appearance by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Michael Rogers before the Intelligence Committee – irony alert – […]

Commentary: Data freaks hurt

Commentary: Data freaks hurt

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Data divides. Example: the continuous 200-year unresolvable debate over student test scores, evaluations of teachers, ratings of schools. The problem? The data itself is arbitrary, arising from questions written by biased humans, and subject to an infinite number of uses and interpretations. Then, when scores produce unacceptable results, guess what: exemptions […]

Commentary: Chuck Berry’s rockin’ history of the U.S.A.

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Commentary: Chuck Berry’s rockin’ history of the U.S.A.

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Berry could be a pain. I remember attending one of his concerts, maybe 30 years ago. Early in the show, he spotted a woman video-recording him. He stopped playing, set his guitar down on the stage and yelled at her. She stopped recording. That wasn’t good enough for […]

Commentary: A war on knowledge

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Commentary: A war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This is where ignorance leads. The new health care plan conceived by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and the budget proposed by President Donald Trump have been called many things. Assaults on the poor, the old and the sick. A betrayal of the rural Americans who voted Trump […]

Commentary: Hey, Indiana lawmakers, thanks for nothing!

Commentary: Hey, Indiana lawmakers, thanks for nothing!

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, Illinois, bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether […]

Commentary: How curiosity can save the cat

Commentary: How curiosity can save the cat

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com This column is not about cats. I promise you. I will never write a column about cats. I am a dog person. However, I am fascinated with the old saying: “curiosity killed the cat.” I can recall my grandma saying those words to me long ago. Judging by our cat population, […]

Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

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Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, it turns out that solving America’s health coverage problem isn’t easy, after all. For nearly a decade, Republicans across the country have descried former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and vowed they would “repeal and replace” it as soon as possible. Again and again, they asserted that […]

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