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Commentary: Don’t bet on big bucks in IPS election

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Commentary: Don’t bet on big bucks in IPS election

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Could a backlash be in the offing for the lavishly funded candidates for the IPS board, and their corporate and otherwise wealthy benefactors? Now that the most pressing issue in next Tuesday’s election finally has gotten the full spotlight in mainstream media, the possibility of a victory by the grass roots […]

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Commentary: When right and right collide

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Commentary: When right and right collide

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather gave me some great counsel. “Most reasonable people know right from wrong,” he said when I was a young teen working on his farm. “It’s when right and right collide and they have to choose between them that people have a hard time.” I thought of Grandpa’s […]

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Commentary: Yard signs, guns and more political ironies

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The teacher told me about a time he’d gotten his hand slapped. We were at a conference for high school students. He told me he’d pulled into his school’s parking lot with a load of yard signs touting the political candidacy of a friend of his in the back […]

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Analysis: 3 takeaways from the Pew report on political polarization

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have at least a couple things in common: They are more likely to follow government and political news closely and then lead conversations with others about the topics. In fact, the 20 percent of people who are either far right or […]

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Commentary: How politics, greed take us to school

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Following the education money in Indiana is easy. Just find the rabbit with the pocket watch and dive down the hole behind him. Where to begin? How about with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council jockeying over a tax increase to leverage donations to provide preschool to a couple […]

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Commentary: When taxpayers are the butt of the joke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They made jokes about it. This was more than 10 years ago, when I was the executive director of what was then the Indiana Civil Liberties Union – now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The members of the Indiana General Assembly had before them a proposal to […]

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Commentary: Give locals video gaming

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Commentary: Give locals video gaming

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I think I’ve found a possible answer to some of Indiana’s local government money problems – video gaming machines. Allow me to explain. You see, I was in my home state of Illinois this past weekend taking care of the usual business, and while there I spent some time Friday night […]

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Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

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Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The self-proclaimed education reform movement in Indiana may have hit a tipping point in the past few days. In fact, several moves the state’s political and educational leaders took in a short period of time bring the contradictions within the movement into clear focus. For example, House Speaker Brian […]

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Guest column: Delaney says state must invest in roads, transportation

By Ed Delaney State representative Indiana as the Crossroads of America is built around our geographical location and the ways to move about within and across our space. This is where we invest our dollars, but Indiana’s policy on building roads, transit systems, sidewalks and bike-ways can be summarized in a sentence: Hoard our revenue […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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