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Commentary: With the warriors and the wounded

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Commentary: With the warriors and the wounded

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man wears a cap that says he’s a Vietnam War veteran as he eats his eggs one table over from mine. It’s still early in the morning. We’re sitting in the cafeteria of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis. My father is having same-day surgery a couple of […]

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Commentary: A tale of film and friendship

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Commentary: A tale of film and friendship

By Russ Pulliam Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Jeff Sparks has done well in youth work, Hollywood and neighborhood revitalization. Now he’s contributing to some Indiana history. He writes memoirs about the three callings of his life, under the title: Changing Culture Through Stories. Along the way he gives a good short summary of some early state […]

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Commentary: I heard a bad song in Texas with Dad on my mind

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Commentary: I heard a bad song in Texas with Dad on my mind

By Michael Leppert www.michaelleppert.com A business conference led me to Austin, Texas this week. I had big plans to do the Austin City Limits thing and come home with some rock and roll stories to tell.  No dice. It turns out I don’t like staying up late there any more than I do at home.  […]

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Commentary: Babies, mothers and a life-or-death choice

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Commentary: Babies, mothers and a life-or-death choice

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a question of what we value. And what we don’t. I’m talking over the air with Dr. Camueal Wright of CareSource, Donetta Gee-Weiler with Community Health and journalist Giles Bruce about Indiana’s rates of infant and maternal mortality – the numbers of babies and mothers who die in […]

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‘Sore Loser’ isn’t a Good Look

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‘Sore Loser’ isn’t a Good Look

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com   It is one of my favorite moments in American politics: The peaceful transfer of power after an election.   It is most visible each time a new president is elected from the opposite party of the outgoing president. Together, they put politics aside and ride to the inauguration. Any […]

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Commentary: After the mirage vanishes

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Commentary: After the mirage vanishes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – At some point, every game of make-believe comes to an end. Reality intrudes and reasserts itself. That’s what’s happening in President Donald Trump’s fantasy world right now. A barrage of facts and truths batter the buttresses of illusion the president constructed. Those buttresses are disintegrating under the pounding. The […]

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Commentary: George H.W. Bush and history’s strange pivot

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Commentary: George H.W. Bush and history’s strange pivot

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A lifetime ago, it seems, I talked with conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. about President George H. W. Bush’s political travails. Buckley came to Indiana to deliver a speech at a time when Bush’s presidency was unraveling. The resolution of the first Persian Gulf War had left Bush […]

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Commentary: Trump in the cat’s paw

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Commentary: Trump in the cat’s paw

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As I watched events unfold these past few days in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, one image kept recurring. That of a cat playing with a trapped mouse. Mueller is the cat. President Donald Trump is the mouse. The mouse shimmers and shakes, feints and fakes, desperate to […]

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Commentary: The liars, science-deniers and foamers of the Trump Train

Commentary: The liars, science-deniers and foamers of the Trump Train

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com It has been a particularly bad week for President Trump. The Senate crossed him not once, but twice.  On Wednesday, senators passed a resolution that would end United States military support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition for the war in Yemen. The 63-37 vote was made over the objections of Secretary […]

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Commentary: Take it from Utah: It’s time to end gerrymandering

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Commentary: Take it from Utah: It’s time to end gerrymandering

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com   As people were voting for their lawmakers on Nov. 6, they also sent a message that politicians shouldn’t be able to predetermine election outcomes.   In Michigan, Missouri, Colorado and Utah, voters passed ballot initiatives to try to end partisan gerrymandering. In the first three of those states, the […]

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