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Commentary: Mike Pence and the call of the rose garden

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Commentary: Mike Pence and the call of the rose garden

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence soon will enter a season of decision. Once the votes are counted a few weeks from now in the 2014 election, Indiana’s governor will have to make a choice – stand for re-election as the state’s chief executive or run for president. The bet here is Pence, […]

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Commentary: The uninformed electorate

Commentary: The uninformed electorate

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org This election season a lot of folks who spend their days either trying to get someone elected to office or writing about the people trying to get elected to public office have been lamenting about how this is one of the most low-key cycles we’ve seen in a while. And they […]

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Commentary: Elegy for an odd place

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Commentary: Elegy for an odd place

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every building has its stories. The first time I entered the sprawling brick building at the corner of New York and Pennsylvania Streets in Indianapolis – the home of The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star – I was 21 and scared to death. That was more than 30 […]

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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The groups gathered last week at the Statehouse represented an incredibly diverse group of people and organizations – doctors, older Hoosiers, hospitals, mental health centers and kids. But they had one message – and it was aimed at the federal government: Approve the state’s HIP 2.0 low-income insurance program. […]

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Commentary: Eric Turner as a parable for our times

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Commentary: Eric Turner as a parable for our times

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Prostitution of the public trust, perversion of the Gospel message, prioritizing money and career over real values – Eric Turner is three for three. That’s a hat trick in hockey parlance, and the elite veteran of the Indiana House certainly knows how to skate. “Skate” being lawyer slang for escaping the […]

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Commentary: Eric Turner and the butt of the joke

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Commentary: Eric Turner and the butt of the joke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, once gave me a surefire applause line. It was when I was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. Turner had directed that state money fund an Easter parade in Marion – a clear violation of the establishment clauses in the U.S. […]

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Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

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Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

By Don Villwock Indiana Farm Bureau During the current 113th Congress, several lawmakers have proposed reforms that broaden the tax base and lower tax rates by removing a combination of incentives or provisions currently used by individuals, businesses and organizations. On many occasions, legislators have indicated that no incentive or provision is safe. On the surface, […]

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Commentary: And a child shall lead them

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Commentary: And a child shall lead them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – This is a story that begins and ends, as all true war stories do, with children. Robi Damelin is an Israeli. In 2002, a Palestinian sniper killed her son David. David was 28. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. In 2007, Israeli border police shot his daughter in the head. […]

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The domestic violence scandal that has rocked the NFL has opened a national conversation about the issue and led thousands of women to call hotlines seeking help for their own abuse. That’s good news. But the influx is also stretching nonprofit groups already operating on a shoestring. Fortunately in […]

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Commentary: The sacrosanctity of assaulting your kids

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Commentary: The sacrosanctity of assaulting your kids

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The adjective “Solomonic” morphs into “moronic” when one sees the venerable font of Old Testament wisdom evoked as a legitimizer of child-beating.   “He that spareth the rod hateth his son,” from Proverbs, has reigned for centuries as a discussion-stopper on the topic euphemistically known as spanking. The consequent toll on […]

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