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Commentary: So you want roads but no taxes?

Commentary: So you want roads but no taxes?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org Indiana has $1 billion in annual road need. The anti-tax crowd says don’t raises taxes, use existing budget dollars. Ok, that’s fine, let’s see if we can take $1 billion out of the state budget. According to the State Budget Agency, Indiana spent $30 billion in fiscal year 2016. Wow, that’s a […]

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Commentary: When the dog catches the car

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Commentary: When the dog catches the car

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I spent a good part of my youth in a small town in southwest Virginia. And in my neighborhood, many families had dogs, and virtually none of us had fences. So all of the kids grew up with each other’s pets. In many ways, the dogs belonged to all of us. […]

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Commentary: Santa Claus gets lost on the road

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Commentary: Santa Claus gets lost on the road

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Only Nixon could go to China. Or so the saying goes. Because Richard Nixon had spent so many years burnishing his anti-communist credentials, he was positioned to open the United States to the world’s largest communist nation. After he’d spent a quarter-century red-baiting anyone who disagreed with him, it […]

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Commentary: It’s not about Trump

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Commentary: It’s not about Trump

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I get why more than four dozen Democrats in Congress want to skip President-elect Trump’s inauguration this week. He’s denigrated just about everything they stand for as he bullied his way through the campaign and this transition period. He’s mocked the disabled, defended despots and demeaned women. And then, […]

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Commentary: The man can’t help himself

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Commentary: The man can’t help himself

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Why? Why does he have to do this? As Americans headed into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, President-elect Donald Trump chose to berate by Twitter civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. Lewis said that he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 because he […]

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Commentary: This train wreck was a long time coming

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Commentary: This train wreck was a long time coming

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe we Americans deserve Donald Trump. As I watched his train wreck of a press conference a few days ago, it occurred to me that this disaster has been a long time coming. For years, decades, generations, we Americans have played a dangerous game. Left, right and center, we […]

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Commentary: A ‘grown-up’ discussion about gas taxes

Commentary: A ‘grown-up’ discussion about gas taxes

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz indypolitics.org With your permission, allow me to paraphrase a sentence some of you older folks might remember from typing class: “Now is the time for all good men and women to have a grown up conversation about gas taxes.” I bring this up because Indiana lawmakers are looking at indexing the current […]

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Commentary: Biased against waiting for bias legislation

Commentary: Biased against waiting for bias legislation

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com A horrible thing happened in Chicago last week. Many of us saw the video of four young African American people terrorizing a young, white and disabled man. We saw it because these criminals broadcasted it on Facebook Live in real time. They were texting the victim’s family during the assault. It […]

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Commentary: Pelath shares vision for 2017

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Commentary: Pelath shares vision for 2017

By House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City Special to TheStatehouseFile.com  If nothing else, elections inform. Few enjoyed the season just passed, except perhaps as pro-wrestling-quality spectacle. However, even the most degraded art forms can teach useful lessons — ones that might even inspire improvement at the Indiana Statehouse. First things first: the people have exceeded their […]

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Commentary: ‘You say goodbye and I say hello’

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Commentary: ‘You say goodbye and I say hello’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One speech said hello. The other said goodbye – sort of. As I watched new Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s inaugural address and outgoing President Barack Obama’s farewell address, I was struck by their similarities. Even though the governor and the president are very different who belong to different parties […]

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