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Commentary: The president and words to stand by

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Commentary: The president and words to stand by

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – What we say matters. Even when we don’t mean it. Even when we have no intention of standing behind it. It matters. That’s a lesson President Donald Trump seems never to have learned. The president can’t understand why people might think he was in any way responsible for the […]

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Commentary: Brian Bosma’s Hansel-and-Gretel act

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – For years, the rumors about Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and a female intern were as much a part of the Statehouse as the building’s stone walls and marble floors. Everyone had heard the story about the young woman performing oral sex on the rising political star. Jokes […]

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Commentary: Mr. Smith, I mean Mr. West, goes to Washington

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Commentary: Mr. Smith, I mean Mr. West, goes to Washington

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com Kanye West must be wildly talented. I wouldn’t know, but I assume that to be true. How else could his public behavior be tolerated? My first memory of West was when he stormed the stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for best video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. […]

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Commentary: Lessons from a wedding in the woods

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Commentary: Lessons from a wedding in the woods

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK, Indiana – Brittany, the bride, moves down the rain-slicked steps of the amphitheater at the Abe Martin Lodge. Steve, the groom, stands just to my left, the members of the groom’s party standing almost at attention behind him. The bridesmaids are to my right. When Brittany’s father […]

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Commentary: Taking Indiana’s workforce to the next level

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Commentary: Taking Indiana’s workforce to the next level

By Gov. Eric Holcomb Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Every day, I hear from hardworking Hoosiers who want better jobs, healthier communities and more opportunities for their children. I also hear from business owners who have open positions but can’t find people with the skills to fill them. I am convinced that perhaps my greatest charge as […]

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Commentary: The Senate debaters (mostly) stick to the script

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Commentary: The Senate debaters (mostly) stick to the script

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The candidates for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat offered few surprises in their debate Monday night. Republican Mike Braun presented himself as an outsider, a can-do guy who wants to go to Washington and shake things up. Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly stood as the sane, sober voice of the center, […]

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Commentary: The GOP’s strange ‘victory’

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Commentary: The GOP’s strange ‘victory’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The vote on the U.S. Senate floor won’t end the fight. As soon as the members of the Senate cast their yeas and nays, 50-48, to put Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress began crowing about the victory they’d won. […]

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Commentary: In defense of third parties

Commentary: In defense of third parties

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org   Growing up my parents had a saying whenever one of my siblings decided to display a sense of entitlement, “The only thing this world owes you is a you-know-what kicking.”  Shortly there afterwards, that sense of entitlement politely went away.  I raise this subject because we are now officially less than […]

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Commentary: A battered woman and the power of testimony

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Commentary: A battered woman and the power of testimony

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – She is the daughter of one president and the step-daughter of another. But when a man – her domestic partner – beat Josina Z. Machel almost to death and blinded her in one eye, even she had difficulty getting people to listen to her. To believe her. Machel and […]

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Commentary: Seven days, seven lowlights

Commentary: Seven days, seven lowlights

By Michael Leppert michaelleppert.com One of the more thoughtful people I follow on Twitter made this comment about 6:00 Thursday night: “My favorite thing about today so far is that there are only six hours left of it.”  Yes. I expand that sentiment to the past week, starting Sunday. I worry that there are two […]

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