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Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

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Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – That whirring sound you hear is the founding fathers spinning in their graves. The news that sent Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Ben Franklin and George Washington all awhirl came from President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Washington Post reports that HHS doesn’t want […]

Commentary: Todd Rokita’s Christmas courage

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Commentary: Todd Rokita’s Christmas courage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has decided to man the barricades in the war on Christmas. In a bold, bold move, Rokita, flanked by his family, summons up the courage to confront “the liberal elites” and champions of “political correctness” by wishing everyone a merry Christmas in a digital […]

Commentary: This is what real tax reform looks like

Commentary: This is what real tax reform looks like

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Republicans in Congress are about to begin negotiations on tax reform, and as someone who considers himself a practical, moderate conservative, they’re getting it all wrong. Now don’t misunderstand me, I am a big fan of cutting corporate tax rates. I firmly believe, and the data is out there to show, […]

Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

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Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore down in Alabama, Democrats picked up a seat in the U.S. Senate and Republicans dodged a bullet. Because the cheers from most Democrats and progressives were so loud, they drowned out the sighs of relief many Republicans and conservatives exhaled when Moore […]

Commentary: How houses become homes

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Commentary: How houses become homes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – History matters. Place matters. People matter. Those are the lessons I glean from chatting with three couples who have built lives and raised families in historic Herron-Morton Place neighborhood. We’re talking as part of a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. […]

Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

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Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two kinds of pressure prompted U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, to do the right thing and resign. The first, not surprisingly, was political. Democrats now have pushed two powerful and prominent members of their own party – Franken and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan – to resign their offices […]

Commentary: Stopping sexual harassment the right thing to do

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Commentary: Stopping sexual harassment the right thing to do

By Luke Messer Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Recent reports of sexual harassment by members of Congress are disgraceful.  What’s worse, we learned that taxpayer money has been used to silence these victims and prevent them from telling their stories.  Enough is enough.  Members of Congress should not treat taxpayer dollars like a slush fund to settle […]

Commentary: Senate love for sale

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Commentary: Senate love for sale

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican National Committee’s decision once again to start funding Alabama U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore calls to mind an old story attributed to George Bernard Shaw. The Irish playwright found himself locked in a dinner-table discussion with a woman who asserted there were certain […]

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Students, first lady decorate Statehouse Christmas trees

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —’Twas three weeks before Christmas when students sat on the floor, ready to fill the Statehouse with Christmas decor. They listened to the first lady, her friends and First Dog Henry, while patiently hoping Santa would come down a chimney.   “We have gathered here at the Statehouse for our […]

Commentary: Flynn and the force Trump can’t resist

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Commentary: Flynn and the force Trump can’t resist

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This is how a dam crumbles. A crack widens to a hole, which then becomes a break and then the accumulating pressure brings the whole thing down. This seems to be what’s happening within President Donald Trump’s White House now. The steady, unrelenting pressure brought by Special Counsel Robert […]