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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Politicians and pundits have a name for the races going on this year. They call them “off-year” elections. That’s because the big executive branch offices – president of the United States and, here in Indiana, governor – won’t be on the ballot Nov. 4. Less money gets spent on […]

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Analysis: Mourdock decision is disappointing

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock twice asked voters to send him to the capitol to watch over the state’s investment portfolio. In the end, though, Mourdock was more interested in his own. The Republican resigned his office on Friday – four months before his second term was to expire. He […]

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Commentary: Crummy wages and corporate welfare

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Commentary: Crummy wages and corporate welfare

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The biggest problem with contemporary American capitalism? It’s socialism. More specifically, as has been said by smarter observers than myself, today’s capitalism is free enterprise when it wants to make money unhindered by government regulation, and a tin-cup beggar when it wants to save money. Power. Those who wield it make […]

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Commentary: Indiana needs a climate action plan

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Commentary: Indiana needs a climate action plan

By Jim Poyser TheStatehouseFile.com On June 11, a group of young people ages 18-23, stood before the Indiana Environmental Rules Board, and declared that Indiana needs a Climate Action Plan. This effort by Youth Power Indiana, a program of the statewide non-profit Earth Charter Indiana, is using a formal legal process by which ordinary citizens […]

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Commentary: Pence should stop playing games with judicial system

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a problem with judges. Or maybe judges have a problem with him. A few days ago, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young issued a follow-up to his earlier ruling saying that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Much of this follow-up wasn’t a […]

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Commentary: Indiana needs to give up the fight over marriage

Commentary: Indiana needs to give up the fight over marriage

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Sept. 5 will mark my fifth wedding anniversary to the Lovely Mrs. Shabazz.  And I am happy to report that all presents have been purchased and evening plans put in place. I do that for two reasons. First, I love my wife and she is absolutely amazing, as well as patient. […]

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Commentary: Ferguson and the noise that divides us

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Commentary: Ferguson and the noise that divides us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The angry words echo into indecipherable sound, like screams across a great divide. More than two weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, there still is much we don’t know. We don’t know with anything resembling precision the events that led to the 18-year-old’s death. […]

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Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

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Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Does it even matter? That’s the question I’ve been mulling as attorneys prepare to argue the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning same sex marriage before a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. After all, two other federal appeals courts have already ruled on the […]

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Commentary: Legal challenges perform check and balance

Commentary: Legal challenges perform check and balance

By Greg Zoeller Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Recently some have questioned why the state of Indiana has brought lawsuits against our federal government. While this litigation is adversarial by nature, it is a necessary part of our constitutional process. What distinguishes the U.S. Constitution from the constitutions of other nations is dual sovereignty. While most nations […]

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Commentary: Evan Bayh and the passing of days

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Evan Bayh says he feels “melancholy.” We’re talking with each other through microphones and headsets – he from National Public Radio’s studios in Washington, D.C. and I from WFYI’s in downtown Indianapolis. The former U.S. senator and Indiana governor says he’s sending his twin sons, Nick and Beau, off […]

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