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Commentary: Guns, tragedies and the plan that’s slow to work

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Commentary: Guns, tragedies and the plan that’s slow to work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, a question arises for the National Rifle Association and its fulminating foot soldiers. When is your plan going to start working? For years, the lobbyists and mouthpieces for the NRA and the gun industry have assured us that the […]

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Commentary: A constitutional conundrum?

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Commentary: A constitutional conundrum?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Indiana lawmakers might be facing an unexpected constitutional hiccup as they move forward with legislation to make the superintendent of public instruction an appointed position instead of elected. Last session, lawmakers passed a bill that called for the position to be appointed in 2025, however, with incumbent Jennifer McCormick not running […]

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Commentary: A slow learner’s guide to national emergencies

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Commentary: A slow learner’s guide to national emergencies

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – These folks don’t learn. Maybe they can’t. Both houses of Congress have arrived at a compromise deal that averts another federal government shutdown. It contains only about a quarter of the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wanted to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. For that reason, the […]

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Commentary: What was all that Valentine nonsense about, anyway?

Commentary: What was all that Valentine nonsense about, anyway?

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com I despise the Hallmark holidays. You know the ones.  They are the pointless and contrived days each year that are designed to force us to veer from the daily slog and take a moment and tell your mom or dad or spouse that you love them. What a nightmare! Ok, maybe […]

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Commentary: Legislature sends valentine to township government

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–In 1935, an Indiana commission proposed streamlining government. It went nowhere. Not until 2007 was there another major effort. Gov. Mitch Daniels put together a bipartisan commission that unanimously backed 27 proposals, including the elimination of township government. Twelve years later, the chances of achieving that have gone from remote […]

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Commentary: Trump Jr., losers are as losers do

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Commentary: Trump Jr., losers are as losers do

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Donald Trump Jr. just said what an unfortunate number of Americans – and a distressing number of Republicans – seem to think. “You know what I love?” young Trump asked at a rally in Texas. “I love seeing some young conservatives, ’cause I know it’s not easy. You don’t […]

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Commentary: Make lawmakers wear their labels

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Long ago, the late Indianapolis News political pundit Ed Ziegner used to roast legislators at the end of each session of the Indiana General Assembly. One year, he absolutely scorched the lawmakers. He said that they should list their sponsors or the special interests who claimed their true allegiance […]

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Commentary: Rod Serling’s version of a soap

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Commentary: Rod Serling’s version of a soap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This must be what soap operas look like in “The Twilight Zone.” Let’s take stock of where we are in America, right now. The world’s richest man and the CEO of a company that seems to sell and ship everything but human life itself has accused a tabloid of […]

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Commentary: Virginia is for lovers – at least it used to be

Commentary: Virginia is for lovers – at least it used to be

By Michael Leppert michaelleppert.com I spent a good part of my childhood living in Virginia. So, I remember it through the eyes of a child.  How appropriate given the recent goings on in politics there. It is important to report that I lived in the Southwest corner of the state almost as far away from […]

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Commentary: Richard Lugar: Everything Trump is not

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Vice President Mike Pence sat like a bobblehead doll behind President Donald Trump Tuesday night, nodding along with either a stern glare or a happy smile to whatever Trump said. But I was more interested in what two other Hoosiers must think about a president who stokes fear about a […]

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