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Commentary: Evan Bayh and the lonely center

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Commentary: Evan Bayh and the lonely center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After months of speculation, Evan Bayh removed all doubt. The former Indiana governor and two-term U.S. senator released a statement just before the weekend saying that he wouldn’t be coming back to lead the state Democratic Party out of the wilderness one more time. “After serious consideration, I have […]

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Commentary: So, Abdul, what exactly are you?

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Commentary: So, Abdul, what exactly are you?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org “Is Abdul a journalist? A commentator? An entertainer? A gossip-monger? All of the above?” That was a fair question raised by my colleague Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana in his recent column about changes in Indiana news media titled “Media, When the going gets weird…”  In it, he laments how […]

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Analysis: Bayh, Pence and the 2016 election

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One key politician in Indiana has revealed his plans for the 2016 election, while another continues to dodge the question. Democrat Evan Bayh announced that he would not run for governor in two years. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said he would… well… actually, he didn’t say anything about […]

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Commentary: The cost of fear

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Commentary: The cost of fear

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com The only thing we have to fear . . . is public policy arising from fear. In early September, the Indianapolis City-County Council voted 19-10 to increase local income taxes by 0.5 percent to fund up to 150 new police officers by 2018. It sailed through. Members of both parties voted […]

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Commentary: How marriage inequality has hurt us all

Commentary: How marriage inequality has hurt us all

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com One of our greatest Indiana-connected poets, the late Ruth Stone, waited until age 85 to win her full due; and then came the deluge. National Book Award. National Book Critics Circle Award. Wallace Stevens Award. Poet Laureate of Vermont, a post once held by Robert Frost. Poetry, arguably, wasn’t her greatest […]

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Commentary: What we have lost

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Commentary: What we have lost

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This time it was one of ours. A few days ago in Merrillville, two police officers – one of them a young man named Nick Schultz – responded to a complaint that a man who had been evicted from his condominium was trying to move himself back in. The […]

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Guest column: Porter says governor’s cuts hurt real people

By Greg Porter State representative The biennial state budget is the single most important bill that Indiana lawmakers must pass. It is literally the one thing we are required to do in order to keep the operations of state government functioning. Yet this is what the budget process in our state has become: Shortly after […]

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Guest column: Encouraging Hoosier innovation

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Guest column: Encouraging Hoosier innovation

By Dan Coats U.S. Senator Over the next decade, more than half of America’s economic growth is expected to come from the fields of science and technology. Today Indiana is home to multiple world-class universities and research institutes, as well as federal laboratories that introduce innovative technologies to the U.S. economy. Given the significance of […]

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Commentary: Fight over gay marriage needs to go one more round

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Commentary: Fight over gay marriage needs to go one more round

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The long and increasingly senseless fight over gay marriage in Indiana is one step closer to being done. Three judges on a federal appeals bench ruled, 3-0, that bans in Indiana and Wisconsin against people of the same sex marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The ruling affirmed an earlier […]

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Analysis: Free textbooks not likely to make next year’s budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to start spending another $70 million annually to make textbooks free for all Hoosiers. But it’s going to be a tough sell. Democrats have tried for years to get majority Republicans to go along with the idea. But the hefty price tag has […]

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