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Commentary: Indiana politics and the Three Stooges

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Commentary: Indiana politics and the Three Stooges

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An old joke says that politics is show business for ugly people. Here in Indiana, politics is a cross between a soap opera and a situation comedy, all ham-handed dialogue, Machiavelli-as-a-moron maneuverings and logic-defying plot twists – and performed by people who aren’t often mistaken for George Clooney or […]

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Commentary: Winning the fight for air

Commentary: Winning the fight for air

By Michael Leppert http://contrariana.com/ I have a birthday coming up next month. That is not completely accurate.  My lungs have a birthday of sorts coming up next month and the rest of me, from the depth of my soul to the top of my head, will be celebrating with them. In March, it will be […]

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Commentary: New Hampshire and voters mad as….

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Commentary: New Hampshire and voters mad as….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New Hampshire voters gave voice to their inner Howard Beales Tuesday night. Echoing the cry of the tragic character in the cinematic dark farce “Network,” they cried: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” So, on the Democratic side, the good people of the […]

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Commentary: LGBT rights and a change in the landscape

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Commentary: LGBT rights and a change in the landscape

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, sounds both weary and frustrated. He and I talk over the air just a couple of days after Senate Bill 344 – his attempt to weave protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers into the state’s civil right laws – came to an […]

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Commentary: A nice guy who finished first

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When I first met Travis Braun, he was just a stripling, a skinny kid. This was well before Travis won the Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” competition and the $1 million prize and the job with one of Hollywood’s hottest directors that comes with winning. It was before he […]

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Commentary: Gov. Pence and the backward k

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Commentary: Gov. Pence and the backward k

By Michael Leppert http://www.contrariana.com Henry Chadwick, an English born historian and creator of baseball’s box score, used the letter “K” to denote a strikeout in the scorebook because it was the last letter in “struck” as in “struck out.”  He often used the last letter in a word because it was often more memorable, and […]

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Commentary: Take the LGBT issue local

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Commentary: Take the LGBT issue local

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org No one should be surprised that the same body of lawmakers that can’t pass Sunday alcohol sales couldn’t agree on how to thread the need of civil rights protections for the LGBT community while respecting religious freedom and rights of conscience. That may sound a little harsh, but it is true. […]

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Commentary: Equal rights and the grown-ups’ table

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Commentary: Equal rights and the grown-ups’ table

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If nothing else, by letting civil rights legislation die for LGBT Hoosiers, the members of the Indiana General Assembly have taught citizens of the state a $60 million – and counting – civics lesson. We now know how expensive gerrymandering can be. The system of packing lawmakers into reliably […]

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Commentary: Baron Hill responds to Marlin Stutzman’s commentary

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Commentary: Baron Hill responds to Marlin Stutzman’s commentary

Staff Report TheStatehousefile.com Baron Hill released the following statement in response to U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s Commentary “Conservatives must speak up now.” Hill and Stutzman are both running for the seating being vacated by U.S. Sen. Dan Coat. “Congressman Stutzman’s op-ed urging the Indiana Legislature to reject civil right protections for many Hoosiers is just plain […]

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Commentary: Iowa and the key to the bank

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Commentary: Iowa and the key to the bank

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People misread the Iowa caucuses. They grouse about the influence that a somewhat sparsely populated and mostly homogenous state has on the process of selecting the leader of an increasingly diverse and urban nation. They complain, too, that the means of determining which candidates get which delegates to the […]

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