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Commentary: The day the Statehouse turned red

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Commentary: The day the Statehouse turned red

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The signs at the Statehouse told the story on Red for Ed Day. Most were hand-made and handwritten on pieces of poster board. The white of the boards stood out against the red of t-shirts thousands of protestors wore. They could be seen in the crowd sitting and standing […]

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Commentary: Zealots are as zealots do

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Commentary: Zealots are as zealots do

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, couldn’t help himself. I’d written a column about the Red for Ed protest. I said the critics of the rally seemed not to realize the protestors had the same right to petition government for redress of grievances that everyone does. There is no asterisk […]

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Commentary: The kids are all right

Commentary: The kids are all right

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some college journalists at Northwestern University sure stirred things up a few days ago. The ruckus started with a speech former Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave at the well-respected school north of Chicago. The Daily Northwestern covered a protest of the speech. It posted some photos of demonstrators via […]

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Commentary: Language is not too complicated here in ‘real’ America

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Commentary: Language is not too complicated here in ‘real’ America

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com Much of America learned the term “quid pro quo” from Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in the 1991 classic movie “Silence of the Lambs.” The psycho serial killer, Lecter, was willing to trade information about another killer with FBI Agent Starling in exchange for information about herself. Both could argue they […]

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Commentary: Teachers to give lawmakers an education

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— On Tuesday, Amber Seibert, a teacher at Westlane Middle School in Indianapolis, plans to go to the Statehouse with a simple message for lawmakers: “Enough is enough.” She won’t be alone. As many as 13,000 teachers are expected to pack the Statehouse to educate lawmakers who have given them […]

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Commentary: Impeachment, frying pan or fire

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Commentary: Impeachment, frying pan or fire

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Soon enough, we’ll know how it ends. One of the curious things about the unfolding story involving the likely impeachment of President Donald Trump is just how many people on both sides know, know, know with absolute certainty how it will unfold. Trump’s diehard Republican defenders say there’s nothing […]

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Commentary: They asked for Red for Ed

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Commentary: They asked for Red for Ed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In a few days, thousands of educators, parents and students will flock to the Statehouse. That has self-appointed education reform advocates all in a tizzy. The occasion is Red for Ed Day on Nov. 19. That’s when teachers, administrators, parents and students from all around the state plan to […]

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Commentary: Those were the days, my friend

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Commentary: Those were the days, my friend

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The years melt away. The three of us – two old buddies from my newspaper days and me — sit in my kitchen and sip Scotch and bourbon as the night chills and deepens. Earlier, we grilled some steaks and brussels sprouts and caught up with each others’ lives. […]

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Commentary: National ‘suprises’ from election are not locally surprising

Commentary: National ‘suprises’ from election are not locally surprising

By Michael Leppert www.MichaelLeppert.com Red state Kentucky elected a Democrat governor! The Virginia state legislature flipped to all blue for the first time in decades! Former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill made “all politics is local” a fixture in campaign slogan departments across this country in the 1980’s, and it has been parked […]

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Commentary: Patches of blue in the red sea

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Commentary: Patches of blue in the red sea

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—While the nation seemed riveted Tuesday night by a big Democratic victory in Kentucky, more significant Democratic wins were happening in Indiana. The defeat of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said more about Bevin than it did about trends for future elections. As Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Joe Gerth wrote, “Matt Bevin […]

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