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Commentary: The peace that so often eludes us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, New York – Other than a light dappling of rain, the surface of the lake is as still as a held breath. Blue Mountain looms in the distance, its face reflected on the water’s surface. Clouds hang low and heavy in the sky. A storm raged through the […]

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Analysis: Attorney General is tied by law to defend state statutes

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has been in the news a lot lately with high profile cases involving marriage and health care – and that’s raised questions about his responsibility to represent the state. The attorney general’s office – which is created by state law, not the Indiana Constitution […]

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Guest column: Getting the most health care to the most people

By Charlie Brown State representative As someone who was in on the birth of the Healthy Indiana Plan from the very beginning, I suppose I should feel paternal warmth at the praise that has been heaped on the program by Gov. Mike Pence in recent weeks.One of the core beliefs in my career as a […]

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Commentary: Suffer the children

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Commentary: Suffer the children

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Massachusetts welcomes the border children, at least its fair share of them. Texas calls out the National Guard to turn back their “invasion.” And Indiana, which has grown its own immigration laws in defiance of the federal government, goes all Switzerland in the face of a historic life-and-death crisis of conscience. […]

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

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Commentary: Time to rewrite Indiana’s alcohol laws

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Commentary: Time to rewrite Indiana’s alcohol laws

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Recently Indiana lawmakers did something that was long overdue. They sat down and, for the first time in 40 years, did a major rewrite of the criminal code. It was high time. Like most things that have been around for 40 years, it’s wasn’t a bad idea to look at them […]

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Commentary: Spain, a glimpse of the future?

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Commentary: Spain, a glimpse of the future?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com MADRID, Spain – The old man sits there amid his bags, shaking his cup just outside the high-end jewelry store on Calle de Goya. It’s a hot day. The mid-afternoon sun pounds down. The crowd passes by him. Many of the people are Madrid residents, on their way to or from […]

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Analysis: Space needs warrant discussion about new building

Analysis: Space needs warrant discussion about new building

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Shortly after I arrived at the Statehouse nearly two decades ago, lawmakers revived talks about constructing a new government building north of the Statehouse where there’s now a parking lot. It never happened. But the need hasn’t gone away. Lawmakers still work in cramped cubicles tucked in tough-to-reach spaces. […]

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Commentary: Lugar on Congress: Part Godfather, part Animal House

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Commentary: Lugar on Congress: Part Godfather, part Animal House

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Richard Lugar says his friends in the U.S. Senate would have two words for people who wonder why Congress can’t once again be the deliberative, dignified and, well, functional place it once was. “Get real,” Lugar says the men and women with whom he once shared the Senate floor […]

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Letter: Ed board member says Ritz offers ‘anti-everything rhetoric’

July 15, 2014 To the Editor: It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as director of economic development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson […]

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