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Analysis: Women’s work/home choices should include all options

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When I was growing up in the 1980s and launching my career in the 1990s, the goal for women – at least for my friends and me – was independence. Women before us had made it not only acceptable to work, but to have careers. And therefore the expectation […]

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Commentary: Who are paying their ‘fair share?’

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Commentary: Who are paying their ‘fair share?’

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Well, the April 15 dreaded deadline has come and gone. The Lovely Mrs. Shabazz and I have written our checks to the federal government and various states that tell us we owe them money for our portion of the government. And once again it’s time for me to reflect on that […]

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Commentary: Beggars with big bucks get to be choosers

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Corporate welfare is bleeding Indianapolis in the name of saving it. Just how long has it been since leeches were a medical treatment of choice? Just within the past few years, a city that can’t fix its streets or keep them safe has doled out nine figures, maybe 10 – no […]

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Commentary: A hate not easily forgotten

By Jenny Labalme TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – There are some faces you never forget. Not long after Frazier Glenn Cross, according to police, brazenly shot and killed three individuals in Overland Park, Kan., I was reading an online story about him. There was an Associated Press photo of him taken about 30 years ago. I said […]

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Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

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Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man’s face just radiated hate. Twenty years ago, I covered a rally of white supremacists that took place at the Indiana Statehouse. Those were heady days for hate groups. Klan leader David Duke had won national attention with a too-close-for-comfort gubernatorial campaign in Louisiana – he finished second […]

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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge in southwest Indiana just dropped the other shoe in the same-sex marriage debate. Judge Richard Young ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize the marriage of an Indiana lesbian couple. Nicole Quasney and Amy Sandler wed in Massachusetts last year. Quasney now is in the […]

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Analysis: History has lessons for tax cut fever

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana lawmakers voted this spring to reduce the corporate income tax rate, they were joining hundreds of other legislators across the nation considering tax cuts. But history shows these tax cut splurges can cause significant problems for states when their economies go south – leaving policy makers to […]

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Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

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Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Normally I don’t use this space to write about Indianapolis-centric topics. However, with the recent spate of murders in the capital city, I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt to let you folks farther out know what the heck has been going on here, lest you believe you the largest city in […]

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Commentary: Giving big names to those who lived small

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Commentary: Giving big names to those who lived small

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com I see where the conglomerate that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken is waging a social media campaign to have the new I-65 bridge between Jeffersonville and Louisville named for the late Col. Harland Sanders, father of the finger-lickin’ fast-food staple. Just shows you money talks. So does another suggestion, from a Kentucky […]

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Commentary: Teachers are only part of the equation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some things are just hard to measure. That’s the real message of the teacher evaluations the Indiana Department of Education released Monday. Those evaluations rated more than 25 percent of Hoosier teachers as highly effective and another 61 percent as effective. Less than half a percent of those evaluated […]

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