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Commentary: Slow train to Chicago

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Commentary: Slow train to Chicago

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com I tell my East Coast friends who aren’t from Indianapolis and who haven’t lived in the hidden treasure that is our proud city, that Chicago is our New York. It’s the big brother city up the road. We feel linked to Chicago whether Chicago acknowledges us at all. It’s where we […]

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Analysis: With Romney out, Pence may find opening

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an unexpected move, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney – the GOP’s 2012 nominee – decided to pull his name from the laundry list of 2016 primary candidates just weeks after he began flirting with another run. Now, with Romney out, which Republican White House hopeful stands to benefit […]

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Commentary: Education and the practice of accountability

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Commentary: Education and the practice of accountability

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans on the education committee of the Indiana House of Representatives celebrated National School Choice Week in a special way – by taking choices away from Hoosier voters who care about schools. The education committee decided, on an 8-3 party-line vote, to strip the state superintendent of public instruction […]

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Commentary: For Pence’s pride, feds swallow theirs

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Commentary: For Pence’s pride, feds swallow theirs

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Gov. Mike Pence can rail against those despotic bureaucrats in Washington to his far-right constituency’s delight, but the much-maligned feds have managed to save the day for roughly 350,000 Hoosiers in need and perhaps for Pence himself. Approval of his Healthy Indiana 2.0 plan ends a Kabuki dance of more than […]

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Commentary: Not Pravda, just a screw-up

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Commentary: Not Pravda, just a screw-up

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  This column has been amended to reflect news that occurred after it was originally posted. INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence’s friends say he bristles at comparisons with his predecessor as governor, fellow Republican Mitch Daniels, so what I’m about to say might annoy him. Friends of both men say the biggest difference […]

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Commentary: #Just IN, a tempest in a teaspoon

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Commentary: #Just IN, a tempest in a teaspoon

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I was in downtown Chicago Monday playing attorney and while I was looking at my twitter feed during a court recess I was a bit taken back by all the comments about an elected official creating a “news operation” to put out stories about his administration. All I could think to […]

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Letter to the editor: State news agency stuns Democratic chairman

Jan. 27, 2015 To the editor: Stunned. That’s how I felt when I heard about Governor Mike Pence’s bold overreach to toss the media aside and have state government run the news. His new taxpayer-funded news agency, which is headed by a former journalist, will write pre-written news stories and “break” news that will favor […]

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Commentary: Power, money and education reform

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Commentary: Power, money and education reform

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Long ago, Lord Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt.” The same can be true of money. One of the many tragedies accompanying the destructive debate over education “reform” in Indiana is the way those two corrupting forces – power and money – have come together. The mini-drama surrounding […]

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Guest column: Indiana Sunday liquor sales, a Burke-Hayek battleground

By Tom Charles Huston Indiana Policy Review Indiana is, I believe, one of only two states that prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday. This prohibition offends a number of people: poor planners who have trouble remembering to buy beer on Saturday for their Sunday football parties; national retailers who seek to increase their […]

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Guest column: An open letter to Roger Goodell

By Jim Purucker Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Dear Commissioner Goodell: I write as a lifelong fan of the National Football League, a 25+ year fantasy football player, a season ticket holder, a routine purchaser of NFL licensed products and even a fan who has made travel to away NFL games a cherished annual father/son tradition over […]

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