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Commentary: Democrats sit in, Republicans run away

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Commentary: Democrats sit in, Republicans run away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When the American people get killed at rate 20 times higher than the rest of the developed world, it’s time for leaders to … take a vacation. That was the message Thursday from the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and other Republicans in […]

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Commentary: Getting to know your dance partner

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Commentary: Getting to know your dance partner

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I saw a quote on Twitter yesterday in reference to Indiana’s 5 percent jobless rate by Gov. Mike Pence that caught my eye. He said: “There is no denying the momentum of our strong Hoosier economy.” I know that is not very eye-catching for most people. Luckily, I am excited about […]

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Commentary: A good question that’s rarely asked

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Commentary: A good question that’s rarely asked

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, says he’s living on caffeine these days. He says the work of running for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat and representing his congressional district keeps him both tired and exhilarated. Young and I talk by phone a few hours before the legislative initiative that […]

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Commentary: When we rush to judgment

Commentary: When we rush to judgment

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Reporting sexual abuse? Here is what a friend said: Sexual abuse violates our basic cultural association of physical and spiritual intimacy. It has been sanctioned by church and state for untold generations. Every socially attuned person is shocked by an attack on that bond. Such attacks leave those closest to them […]

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Commentary: A Cleveland kind of triumph

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Commentary: A Cleveland kind of triumph

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – I’m a Cleveland boy. My parents moved to the Ohio city on Lake Erie’s shore when Mom was pregnant with me, the first of their three children. It was during the waning days of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency, a time when Cleveland was changing from an industrial powerhouse to a […]

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Commentary: Our gift to the NRA

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Commentary: Our gift to the NRA

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Think of it as the NRA tax. A couple of days after the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida, I talked on the air with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett about the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors, which Indianapolis will host. I asked Hogsett if he and the mayors of other […]

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Commentary: First steps from Cumberland and Orlando

Commentary: First steps from Cumberland and Orlando

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Early in the morning on June 12, a gunman opened fire in an Orlando nightclub. The incident immediately became the new largest mass shooting in American history. On June 13, a 13-year-old boy from Cumberland, Indiana, was charged with murder for the May 27 shooting of 9-year-old, Anthony Harmon, Jr. The […]

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Commentary: Running victory laps at a funeral

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Commentary: Running victory laps at a funeral

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some people are slow learners. In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, many loud voices have demanded a quick solution to the problem of terrorism. The loudest of the voices, not surprisingly, belongs to the king of the clueless – the presumptive Republican nominee for […]

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Commentary: Orlando and our silence

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Commentary: Orlando and our silence

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now is not the time to talk about guns in America. The National Rifle Association flacks and other members of the gun lobby assure us that the moments right after a tragedy, such as the one in Orlando, Florida – where an angry man shot more than 100 people, […]

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Commentary: Problems leaders just don’t want to solve

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Commentary: Problems leaders just don’t want to solve

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A couple of conversations illustrated how poorly our political discussions serve these days. The first conversation was with Drew Klacik, Jamie Palmer and John Marron, senior policy analysts with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. We talked over the air about the results of Thriving Communities, Thriving State, the […]

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