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Commentary: Polls and other trivial pursuits

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Commentary: Polls and other trivial pursuits

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a campaign season, polls exert an almost hypnotic pull on political observers’ attention. We pundits tend to approach polls with the same sort of obsessiveness that medieval monks devoted to looking for signs of divine intention. We track for signs of momentum, for points of weakness in this […]

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Commentary: It would never happen on ‘The West Wing’

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Commentary: It would never happen on ‘The West Wing’

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com A couple of weeks ago, we replaced the television in our bedroom for one main reason: the “smart” part of our old smart TV quit working and we couldn’t watch Netflix. I need Netflix because of its endless library of stand up comedy. My wife on the other hand decided the […]

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Commentary: The Donald gets schooled

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Commentary: The Donald gets schooled

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers everywhere will be thanking Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump after Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, showed why it pays to do homework. And Trump, the Republican standard-bearer, demonstrated how costly it can be to skip studying. That really was the take-away from […]

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Commentary: When we walked in fields of gold….

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Commentary: When we walked in fields of gold….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com WEST CORNWALL, Connecticut – We stand in a circle in a field of ankle-high grass, an urn filled with ashes at our feet and tell stories about a man we love. Linked by blood and marriage, we’re saying goodbye to George, who was father, grandfather, brother and father-in-law. The tears flow […]

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Commentary: A debate the voters lost

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Commentary: A debate the voters lost

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Libertarian congressional candidate Russell Brooksbank says he knows why his Republican opponent, Trey Hollingsworth, won’t debate him. It isn’t because of Brooksbank’s Sept. 16 arrest following an altercation with a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky. Hollingsworth’s “afraid to answer one simple question: What’s his last known address?” says Brooksbank. […]

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Commentary: Gov. Pence, walk away from Syrian refugees

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Commentary: Gov. Pence, walk away from Syrian refugees

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com As a younger, less sophisticated man, I was employed as a counselor at the Indiana Boys School. I left that job 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned trying to help my young criminals in that juvenile prison continue to help me in the world of politics today. Go figure. […]

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Commentary: How the grown-ups live

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Commentary: How the grown-ups live

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A few days ago, a couple of colleagues and I had a meeting. We had some problems to solve. Those problems involved money, which often can ratchet up the tension level. The three of us sat at a table. The two of them talked about what they wanted. I […]

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Commentary: Tough talk and tragic consequences

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Commentary: Tough talk and tragic consequences

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s my prayer: Lord, please save us from self-proclaimed tough guys. Just 40 minutes after an explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan Saturday night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump decided it was time to go all hairy-chested. He told supporters Saturday night in Colorado that “a bomb went […]

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Commentary: Scoping the Clinton-Trump fights

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Commentary: Scoping the Clinton-Trump fights

By George Melloan TheStatehouseFile.com Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both say that they are “fighting” for the best interests of average Americans. Next Monday night, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, the two will climb into the ring and,  as candidates for the presidency, “fight” each other. Millions of American will be tuned in […]

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Commentary: Shopping in the age of Trump

Commentary: Shopping in the age of Trump

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com How will travelers shop in the age of Trump? (Donald Trump has nothing to do with this, but, got your attention, right?) So, two visitors from South America get a “bargain” airfare of $500 each to Miami, half of a common fare. Sound good?  But what about visiting the United States? […]

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