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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge in southwest Indiana just dropped the other shoe in the same-sex marriage debate. Judge Richard Young ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize the marriage of an Indiana lesbian couple. Nicole Quasney and Amy Sandler wed in Massachusetts last year. Quasney now is in the […]

Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

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Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Normally I don’t use this space to write about Indianapolis-centric topics. However, with the recent spate of murders in the capital city, I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt to let you folks farther out know what the heck has been going on here, lest you believe you the largest city in […]

Commentary: Giving big names to those who lived small

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Commentary: Giving big names to those who lived small

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com I see where the conglomerate that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken is waging a social media campaign to have the new I-65 bridge between Jeffersonville and Louisville named for the late Col. Harland Sanders, father of the finger-lickin’ fast-food staple. Just shows you money talks. So does another suggestion, from a Kentucky […]

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Commentary: Teachers are only part of the equation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some things are just hard to measure. That’s the real message of the teacher evaluations the Indiana Department of Education released Monday. Those evaluations rated more than 25 percent of Hoosier teachers as highly effective and another 61 percent as effective. Less than half a percent of those evaluated […]

Commentary: David Letterman moves on

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Commentary: David Letterman moves on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 30 years ago, I spotted David Letterman at a store in Indianapolis. It was when he was still on the climb – back before the move to CBS, before his epic (and losing) battle with Jay Leno to succeed Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” back when he […]

Commentary: Pay for your own primary

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Commentary: Pay for your own primary

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org With the May primary being about a month away, a few things popped on my radar screen to make me think that it’s probably time for Indiana to change the way it conducts primaries. No I take that back, it’s time to eliminate taxpayer-funded primaries. I reached this conclusion after doing […]

Commentary: Referenda and realpolitick

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Commentary: Referenda and realpolitick

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Whom should we allow to vote, and for what? Not just anybody and not anything sacred, depending on which side of the left-right divide you occupy. As restrictions on ballot access continue to proliferate in Republican-dominated states, we seem to be hearkening back to the days when democracy was a daddy […]

Commentary: Thomas Wolfe and the quiet after the flicker flames out

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Commentary: Thomas Wolfe and the quiet after the flicker flames out

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No place whispers eternity quite like a graveyard. I’m standing near the headstone of Thomas Wolfe, a now almost forgotten author who once was considered the great American writer. When I was a college student, Wolfe’s books spoke to me in a way that no other writer’s did. […]

Commentary: The NRA and basic math

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Commentary: The NRA and basic math

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a few days, the National Rifle Association will come to Indiana for its big annual meeting. Gov. Mike Pence and the state’s lawmakers decided to mark the occasion by giving the gun lobby a gift – a new state law that allows gun owners to bring their weapons […]

Commentary: Keep an eye on Illinois

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Commentary: Keep an eye on Illinois

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org   As I sit down and write this column, I am at my kitchen table with my coffee and newspaper in front of me. However, the newspaper is not the Indy Star but the Springfield State-Journal Register and the kitchen is in my other home more than 200 miles away from […]