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Analysis: Pelath in good position to lead otherwise powerless minority

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath had a message for the business leaders, reporters and political leaders gathered last week for a preview of the 2015 legislative session. “I’m fine.” The Michigan City Democrat said he appreciated the expressions of concern he’d received from friends and Statehouse observers since Republicans […]

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Commentary: Ask Carlos why he should care

Commentary: Ask Carlos why he should care

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Back during the Carter administration, there was a cartoon in some magazine showing a man sitting at a table marked “Amnesty” at the U.S.-Canada border. Pursuant to the forgiveness that was offered then to Vietnam-era draft evaders, he was calling out instructions such as “Line forms here” and “One at a […]

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Commentary: What’s wrong with a little work?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When did “work” turn into a four-letter word? Did I miss something? I thought working, so you could be independent and not have to rely on others, was a good thing; apparently not to critics of Gov. Mike pence and his administration’s move that able-bodied individuals actually work or look for […]

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

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Commentary: Abdul-Rahmin Peter Kassig, RIP

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Commentary: Abdul-Rahmin Peter Kassig, RIP

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The weather fit the news. The official word that the self-proclaimed Islamic State had beheaded young Hoosier Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig came on a day when the skies turned gray. A thin blanket of snow – for centuries a symbol of death and rebirth – fell on the streets, sidewalks […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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Commentary: The electorate’s one constant: constriction

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Commentary: The electorate’s one constant: constriction

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com What do you make of an election (I know you’re dying to read another of these) in which red states vote to raise the minimum wage, blue states elect hard-right GOP senators and governors, the most government-dependent states bite the hand that feeds them, a Congress with a 9 percent approval […]

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Commentary: No need to have a panic attack

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Commentary: No need to have a panic attack

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Something about the political process seems to mass-produce hand-wringing and other signs of anxiety among close observers. At the moment, the 2014 election results have provoked the panic attacks among some otherwise sensible people. Republicans won big. The GOP went into the balloting in a strong position. Republicans controlled […]

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Commentary: A costly political education

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late writer Minna Antrim uttered what amounts almost to a prophecy about this year’s election. “Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills,” Antrim said. In the aftermath of the 2014 vote, partisans on both sides of the American political divide are in throes of […]

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Analysis: Democrats have big legislative hole to climb out of

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So what’s the importance of a few more legislative seats when you already have a supermajority? The future. When Republicans added two more seats to their already huge majority in the House last Tuesday and three more to their huge majority in the Senate, they didn’t gain any real […]

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