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Commentary: Requiem for a killer

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Commentary: Requiem for a killer

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nothing good comes from a killing. Years ago, the newspaper I worked for sent me to northern Indiana to do a story about the murder of Ruth Pelke. Pelke, a widowed grandmother, liked to give high school students in northwest Indiana Bible instruction. She opened her door one day […]

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Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

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Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, same-sex marriage now is legal in lovely green Ireland. A few days ago, voters on the Emerald Isle cast their ballots overwhelmingly in favor of allowing people of the same gender to commit themselves to each other in marriage. A little more than 61 percent of Irish citizens […]

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Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

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Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The names may be familiar to especially careful readers. Alec Gray, Jacob Rund, Adam Lee, Olivia Covington, Seth Morin, Hannah Troyer, Ellie Price, Chris Arnold and Emily Metheny. They’ve all been writers, photographers, designers and videographers for TheStatehouseFile.com in just the past year. Their stories have run in newspapers […]

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Commentary: The GOP, in pieces

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Commentary: The GOP, in pieces

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence must feel pretty lonely these days. At times it seems as though the Indiana governor is the only Republican politician in America not running for president of the United States. By some counts, there already are 15 GOP candidates for the nation’s highest office. By others, there […]

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Commentary: God and cable

Commentary: God and cable

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Whenever someone has asked me to describe my attitude towards religion I always say it’s like cable TV. I tell them God is like cable and religion is the cable company. I really do like cable. It gives me lots of choices, stimulates me to occasionally think outside the box, makes […]

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Commentary: Here’s a real way to honor veterans

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Commentary: Here’s a real way to honor veterans

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it is appropriate that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush prompted a national discussion about the Iraq War just days before the Memorial Day weekend. What better time is there to tally up the costs and benefits of a war than on the holiday when we honor and mourn […]

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Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

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Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the General Assembly’s session ended last month, Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders insisted that the controversy over the religious freedom restoration act was over. But the state’s jobs agency must not think so. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is paying $750,000 to a New York public relations […]

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Commentary: Sorrow carved in stone

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Commentary: Sorrow carved in stone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – The wall stands there, polished black with the names of the fallen carved like wounds into the surface of the stone. It’s a beautiful day in the nation’s capital as a somber line of people moves past the Vietnam War Memorial. Their eyes search the wall for a familiar […]

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Guest column: Pence says budget invests ‘in our future like never before’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Last December I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to make this an education session, and the results are clear. In this biennial budget, we made historic investments in education at every level from pre-K all the way through our adult high schools, because education will not only help our […]

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Commentary: My dinner with Democrats

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Commentary: My dinner with Democrats

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org On Friday night I had dinner with members of the Indiana Democratic Party, about 810 of them to be exact. It was their annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. It’s an event where party officials and the party faithful come together to raise money and rally the troops for the next election. In […]

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