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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 […]

Commentary: Somebody owes Tony Bennett an apology

Commentary: Somebody owes Tony Bennett an apology

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  When a bipartisan pair of policy and budget analysts last week released a report that said there was no malfeasance on the part of former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett when it came to the grade change of the Christel House Charter School, even though its founder was a Republican […]

Analysis: A-F report sets a speed limit on education reform

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Analysis: A-F report sets a speed limit on education reform

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Not so fast. That’s the message from a couple independent investigators who looked into alleged irregularities in the state’s A-F grading system for schools. State officials and education leaders would be wise to pay attention. For years now, Republicans pushing hard for more accountability for schools and teachers, more […]

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Report recommends changes in school A-F grading system

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results of an independent task force’s month-long review of Indiana’s A-F grading system for schools show that former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s staff was not fully prepared to develop the accountability model. Legislative leaders asked the task force to take a look at the grading system […]

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More American worry about the food they eat

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Data released Friday by the United States Department of Agriculture showed that 49 million people say they feel insecure about the food they eat. In Indiana, 13.5 percent of those surveyed expressed a lack of confidence in the food they consume. The USDA study found that the number of […]

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Pence goes to Japan on trade trip

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence flew to Japan on Thursday for his overseas trade mission. “Since my first day as governor, job creation has been job one. Japan is Indiana’s largest foreign direct investor and there is immense opportunity to fortify relationships with Japanese companies and secure even more jobs for […]

Rockport clash moves to state Supreme Court

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Developers and opponents of the $2.8 billion coal-to-natural gas plant proposed for Rockport made their case before the state’s high court Thursday morning. Their arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court focused on whether or not the five-member court should reverse a 2012 decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals […]