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Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

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Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Forget about draining the swamp. This is more like burning down the house. As the high winds and water prepared to hammer Houston and other parts of Texas, President Donald Trump thought the moment was right to deliver a few blows of his own. He issued a presidential pardon […]

Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

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Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Soon, Donald Trump is going to emerge from a fight with the one person he can’t possibly beat. Himself. The longer Trump lingers in the Oval Office, the more his contradictions and self-destructive statements pile up, like discarded and unwashed laundry tossed into a corner until the untidy and […]

Commentary: Children, and the fleeing moments

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Commentary: Children, and the fleeing moments

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  DAVIDSON, North Carolina – Every step is a blur. My wife and I are moving our daughter, our first-born, into her college dormitory. The women in my life focus on unpacking and transforming this single room in an old building into a small home, while I devote my attention to tasks […]

Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

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Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   I loved movies when I was a child, no doubt in part because when my dad didn’t want to see a film at our local theater my mom would take me. That’s how I ended up in a darkened theater watching “The Cardinal” and wondering when those lovely red […]

Commentary: A few thoughts on health care

Commentary: A few thoughts on health care

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Although everyone is focused on Nazis and dead Confederate soldiers these days, the policy wonk of my brain is looking at health care reform. The U.S. Senate failed to come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. And while I have never been a big fan of Obamacare, I […]

Commentary: How the other half lives – not

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Commentary: How the other half lives – not

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Apparently, it is hard and costly work being a champion of the little guy. USA Today reports that the Secret Service already has blown through most of the entire salary, overtime and expense budget it had allocated for protecting the president of the United States and his family. The […]

Commentary: Those we carry with us

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Commentary: Those we carry with us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  THE KNOBS, Indiana – Memories and stories buzz around my head like flies. I stand in a cemetery tucked back in the hills between Salem and Scottsburg. The gravestones, a dozen rows deep, stretch the length of a football field. Many tilt with age. Some are more than 200 years old. […]

Commentary: Round and round, down and down, Trump goes

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Commentary: Round and round, down and down, Trump goes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s like watching a spinning top wobble on the edge of a table. The question isn’t whether it will fall, but how far, in what direction and how much damage will be done when it does. President Donald Trump’s response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, demonstrate that […]

Commentary: Charlottesville, and what crawled out from under the rock

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Commentary: Charlottesville, and what crawled out from under the rock

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – At least we can stop pretending now. The ugly and tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, involving a “protest” by white supremacist thugs and the accompanying abdication of moral leadership by President Donald Trump have lifted the rock. What’s crawled out from beneath is both hideous and dangerous, but we […]

Commentary: Todd Rokita, poet of politics

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Commentary: Todd Rokita, poet of politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – That Todd Rokita – he’s just a rhyming fool. Rokita, the Republican congressman who represents an asymmetrical slice of northern and central Indiana, unveiled the slogan he plans to use to capture the GOP nomination in next year’s U.S. Senate race and then unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, […]