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Commentary: Our long national Knightmare

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Commentary: Our long national Knightmare

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, Bob Knight was a hero of mine. When I was in high school in the mid-1970s, my friends and I planned large swathes of our lives around Indiana University basketball. When star Scott May, who apparently dated a girl from our high school for a […]

Commentary: All we really need to know we learned in kindergarten

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Commentary: All we really need to know we learned in kindergarten

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana Rep. David Orentlicher, D-Indianapolis, has a bold idea about how we can remove much of the vitriol and dysfunction from our political culture. He says having two presidents, one from each political party, would serve us better. Orentlicher and I talk over the air about this idea, […]

Commentary: Just another American story

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Commentary: Just another American story

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In my den at home sits a moving crate that’s more than 100 years old. It was the kind used by the waves of immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The lettering on one end offers just a name and a […]

Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

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Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Some citizens from the Fifth Congressional District recently dropped in on their representative, Susan Brooks, at her Carmel office to talk with her about what’s been happening in Washington. Brooks, who is serving her third term in Congress, wasn’t there, but her staff divided them into two groups and listened to […]

Commentary: Student press bill teaches responsibility

Commentary: Student press bill teaches responsibility

By Diana Hadley, Stephen Key and Adam Maksl Special to TheStatehouseFile.com With the role and the performance of journalists coming under question nationally, Hoosiers should support legislation that will improve the educational experience for high school and collegiate students learning the responsibilities of journalism in a democratic society. The Hoosier State Press Association, Indiana Collegiate […]

Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

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Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – People sometimes ask me how I know when a politician is lying. Sometimes, the signs are specific to the individual. One elected official I know who, in all other circumstances, is a look-them-straight-in-the-eyes guy always averts his gaze when he’s about to fib. Another starts to stammer when it’s […]

Commentary: What goes around…..

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Commentary: What goes around…..

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a joke bouncing through political circles these days that goes like this: “A Democrat says to a Republican, ‘You warned me that if I voted for Hillary Clinton we’d have a president in office with questionable ties to foreign governments, a political culture consumed by one scandal after […]

Commentary: Forgive the religious in the name of God

Commentary: Forgive the religious in the name of God

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com That Thursday was surreal. After several last ditch efforts to convince the Indiana Senate that it should debate and vote on the issue of bias, or hate crimes, I was forced to accept that it isn’t going to happen. Not this year. Maybe not ever. Nationally, the number of hate crimes […]

Commentary: Trump vs. Trump, on the big stage

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Commentary: Trump vs. Trump, on the big stage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump Tuesday night engaged in a debate. With himself. The contradictions in both the president’s rhetoric and his approach to governing were there from the beginning of the speech. He started, somewhat oddly, by conflating the last day of Black History […]

Commentary: Don’t underestimate that guy named Joe

Commentary: Don’t underestimate that guy named Joe

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Although it might seem a little early to start talking about the 2018 elections, I think it’s only fair to point out that Joe Donnelly won’t be a pushover come next year. And even though Republicans in Indiana walked away with just about everything but the kitchen sink last year, anyone […]