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Commentary: Trump, Comey and a call to conservatives

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Commentary: Trump, Comey and a call to conservatives

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, it is time to stop calling President Donald Trump and those who stand with him conservatives. Conservatives respect institutions and the rule of law. Conservatives honor traditions. Conservatives revere limited government because they abhor arbitrary exercises of power […]

Commentary: You stay classy, America

Commentary: You stay classy, America

By Bryan Ault TheStatehouseFile.com   American politics is sinking to new lows.   Shortly after passing their replacement of the Affordable Care Act (known as “ObamaCare”), House Republicans rolled in beers to “celebrate” a “victory” over legislation many of them haven’t read. After the vote, and apparently counting on a huge swing of public opinion […]

Commentary: GOP extends Donnelly a lifeline

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Commentary: GOP extends Donnelly a lifeline

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No matter how determined U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, seems to be to alienate his base and lose next year’s election for his seat, it appears his Republican opponents are just as determined to find ways to keep him in the race. Maybe even more so. A few weeks […]

Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

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Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com The Bill of Rights surely ranks as one of the most difficult documents for us, as Americans, to contend with. There’s enough in that list of 10 rights to make each of us a little uncomfortable, depending on your political persuasion. Me? I get hung up on the Second Amendment. I […]

Commentary: Trumpcare, an abdication of responsibility and duty

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Commentary: Trumpcare, an abdication of responsibility and duty

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have a problem with two words that begin with M. Morality and math. The vote in the House Thursday on a new health care plan – aka Trumpcare – illustrates their moral challenges. The new plan lets a […]

Commentary: The usefulness of regular commencements

Commentary: The usefulness of regular commencements

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com What will it take for someone to invite me to give a commencement speech? Commencement speeches are the best. I make a valiant effort to impart life’s wisdom on the public in this column each week. Surely after years of my toiling, there is a school out there that can use […]

Commentary: Win, lose or draw

Commentary: Win, lose or draw

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Now that we’ve had a little more than a week to digest what Indiana lawmakers did and did not do, it’s time for my list of winners and losers.  As I wrote in a recent column, nothing can ever really be considered a total win or complete loss because of the […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chauffeured in a golf cart, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, rolls through and past mountains of food stacked on shelves. I stride along behind, beside and sometimes ahead of Lugar, 85, as he takes a tour of Gleaners, a huge food bank on the southwest side of Indianapolis. […]

Commentary: History as a next-door neighbor

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Commentary: History as a next-door neighbor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows looks like a real person, not a moment in history. A trim woman with a warm, easy smile, she and I talk over the air just two days – only hours, really – before she’s to be ordained as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, […]

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 […]