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Commentary: The circle, still unbroken

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Commentary: The circle, still unbroken

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana – We sway in a large circle, arms draped over each other’s shoulders, bride and groom among us, as the music blares. Some sing along: Closing time Time for you to go out to the places you will be from Closing time This room won’t be open ’til your […]

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Commentary: Susan Brooks and might have beens

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Commentary: Susan Brooks and might have beens

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a pity people can’t choose the time in which they live – and serve. Years ago, I debated Susan Brooks. It was long before she became a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from central Indiana. At the time, she was U.S. attorney for the Southern […]

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Commentary: The president who denies and defies his duties

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Commentary: The president who denies and defies his duties

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right. Maybe Donald Trump does feel some deep compulsion to be impeached. Pelosi’s theory would explain some of President Trump’s recent statements and actions. Those statements and acts are so needlessly confrontational as to be wantonly self-destructive – and damaging to both the […]

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Commentary: With Sarah Sanders’ departure, the media office has officially closed

Commentary: With Sarah Sanders’ departure, the media office has officially closed

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving her job as White House press secretary at the end of the month. What will President Donald Trump do without his top spokesperson? Will White House press briefings end without her? That was a trick question. Press briefings already have ended. Arguably, they ended in a […]

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Commentary: Democrats, seizing defeat from the jaws of victory

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Commentary: Democrats, seizing defeat from the jaws of victory

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Will Rogers may have been more than a comedian, a philosopher and a newspaper columnist. He also may have been a prophet. “I am not a member of any organized political party,” Rogers once said. “I am a Democrat.” Rogers also said Democrats had a special way of conducting […]

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Commentary: Big problems and little victories

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Commentary: Big problems and little victories

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, the paper where I worked required all employees to go through “diversity training.” I objected – not to the training, but to the name. Calling it “diversity training” just gave bigots an easy way to dismiss both the concept and the content. I said it really should […]

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Commentary: Pride before the fall

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Commentary: Pride before the fall

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org I’ve always believed that if you’re going to preach tolerance to others, you should remember it’s a two-way street with multiple lanes. That lesson was apparently lost of some of the organizers and supporters of this weekend’s Indy Pride march in downtown Indianapolis. As you are likely aware, controversy arose when […]

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s lonely, inverted world

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s lonely, inverted world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Donald Trump’s head must be an odd and lonely place to live. His visit to Great Britain demonstrates how desperate he is to be accepted and respected. He was so pleased to be in the presence of monarchy that he accepted the mild public chastisements of Queen Elizabeth II […]

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Commentary: Gun manufacturers are killing their best customers

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Commentary: Gun manufacturers are killing their best customers

By Michael Leppert MichaelLeppert.com I ran into a friend on Tuesday night who disagrees with me on gun policy. Plenty of my friends do. Whatever. To keep it fresh, I have new reasons this time. Our gun laws need to be modernized. Most Americans agree. Pew Research published another telling report on the issue in […]

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Commentary: Indiana needs to get off the pot

Commentary: Indiana needs to get off the pot

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org Before we get started, let’s make a couple of things perfectly clear. I think marijuana should be legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Second, I don’t smoke pot because it dulls my hatred and cynicism of most people. Now, with those two premises established, Indiana needs to get off the […]

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