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Commentary: Legislative report card—incomplete

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–It was supposed to be a celebratory moment. The Republican fiscal and legislative leaders lined up in the House, with a grinning Gov. Eric Holcomb joining them. They had a budget that not only was balanced but kept about $2 billion in reserves and gave increases to K-12 education. It’s […]

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Commentary: Trump missed his civics lesson

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Commentary: Trump missed his civics lesson

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – For a guy who was completely “exonerated” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, President Donald Trump seems to have an awful lot to hide. The president is reluctant to have his aides testify before Congress. He also, in direct violation of the law, doesn’t want to release his tax […]

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Commentary: The NRA and the art of the lift

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Commentary: The NRA and the art of the lift

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One of the biggest con games around comes to Indiana soon. And President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be shilling for it. The scam operation is the National Rifle Association. An NRA convention takes place in Indianapolis from April 26 to 28. Billboards and other promotional […]

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Commentary: It’s a duty, not a property, Mr. President

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Commentary: It’s a duty, not a property, Mr. President

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report makes at least one thing clear. There is no problem facing President Donald Trump that he will not find a way to make bigger and worse. This is because he has no idea what it means to […]

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Commentary: A president’s obstruction, but by any other name

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Commentary: A president’s obstruction, but by any other name

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a well-known passage comes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Juliet says it while expressing her love for Romeo, even though he is from her family’s rival, the Montagues. The Mueller report, which was largely released publicly on Thursday, is […]

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Commentary: The lesson plan doesn’t need bullet points

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—In March, a Monticello elementary school subjected teachers to an active-shooter drill in which the teachers were shot execution-style with pellets. It didn’t just make headlines in Indiana; it made national and international news. You’d think that being made a mockery of on a global scale would convince the legislature […]

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Commentary: Notre Dame and moments of refuge

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Commentary: Notre Dame and moments of refuge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Landing in Paris hadn’t improved my mood. This was just before Christmas. My wife, our children and I had planned for months to spend the holidays in France. It was a chance to see how a different country and culture celebrated the season – and a way for the […]

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Commentary: Sadly, wishes aren’t horses

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Commentary: Sadly, wishes aren’t horses

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A pattern emerges. Sunday, crowds gathered in South Bend on a cold April day to hear native son Pete Buttigieg announce his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Hundreds stood outside in the rain, waiting hours in line for their candidate to speak. They stood longer still as […]

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Commentary: Assange and the reality of truth

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Commentary: Assange and the reality of truth

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Truth is messy. It often makes people uncomfortable. It neither knows nor honors any political party. And it often comes from unsavory sources. Perhaps no other living figure illustrates this fundamental reality more than Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder held prisoner now in Great Britain isn’t a likable guy. […]

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Commentary: Born to pay more taxes

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The minute you are born a girl in Indiana, you are predestined to be paying more in taxes. And this week, the Indiana House—full of Republican low-taxation stalwarts—rejected a chance to change that. An amendment offered by Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, would have eliminated the sales tax on feminine hygiene […]

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