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Commentary: Give locals more control

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Commentary: Give locals more control

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  This may surprise some of you who have been following me for a while, but as anti-tax as I am, I believe local governments should be allowed to raise taxes as much as they want.  I’ll give you a few minutes to digest that statement. Welcome back. Allow me to explain […]

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Commentary: Supt. Ritz’s view on the education battle

By Glenda Ritz Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Click below to read a guest column from Gov. Mike Pence about education issues. Commentary: Gov. Pence’s view on the education battle I very rarely write a response to an opinion article.  However, when the title of the article says, “While Ritz, Board spar, children get hurt”, I feel […]

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Commentary: Gov. Pence’s view on the education battle

By Gov. Mike Pence Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Click below to read a column from Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Commentary: Supt. Ritz’s view on the education battle Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Indiana is improving at the second-fastest […]

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Commentary: Lincoln’s new birth of freedom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He came to the moment an embattled leader. What was supposed to have been a great triumph had slipped away through confusion and fatigue and the country appeared on the verge of turning on him. When Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to speak 150 years ago, the work of […]

Commentary: Raise the minimum wage, really?

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Commentary: Raise the minimum wage, really?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org As much as I have a man crush on New Jeresy Gov. Chris Christie, the voters of New Jeresy sent a chill down my spine when they approved, by about 60 percent, an increase in the minimum wage.  According to The Washington Post, when the state’s voters approved the amendment to […]

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Commentary: GOP needs to do the math

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com  It has been 37 years since Chevy Chase played President Gerald Ford on “Saturday Night Live,” and uttered in one famous sketch, “It was my understanding that there would be no math during the debate.” It’s still funny. And it seems shockingly relevant today as Republicans, actual Republicans not late-night caricatures, […]

Commentary: After a shooting, we can talk about everything but guns

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Commentary: After a shooting, we can talk about everything but guns

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – That didn’t take long. Before the sounds of the gunshots had died away, perhaps even as some of victims breathed their last and while the wails of anguish and grief still could be heard at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., the sympathetic souls at the National Rifle Association […]

Commentary: Delivering on the dream

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Commentary: Delivering on the dream

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  We interrupt my usual political commentary and occasional snark to pen a few words in my capacity as a member of the faculty at Ivy Tech Community College. Fifty years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. […]

Commentary: Right to work and promises yet to be kept

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Commentary: Right to work and promises yet to be kept

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana Republicans started their push to ram so-called right-to-work legislation through the Indiana General Assembly nearly three years ago, they said that the measure would rain many blessings down on the Hoosier state. The GOP stalwarts in the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate said that right to […]

Commentary: Syria and the demands of citizenship

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Commentary: Syria and the demands of citizenship

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it was a coincidence that I found myself talking with Al Barker as the leaders of this country debated whether to engage in military action in Syria. Barker is a World War II veteran. He came onto the radio show to talk about Indy Honor Flight, a program […]