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Commentary: Leadership and ‘authenticity’

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Commentary: Leadership and ‘authenticity’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late attorney and renowned Civil War historian Alan Nolan once offered an observation about Abraham Lincoln. “Lincoln was smarter than the rest of us – and he knew it, so he didn’t have to prove it all the time,” Nolan told me. “But, more than that, he had […]

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Commentary: Todd Rokita, national lunchroom monitor

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Commentary: Todd Rokita, national lunchroom monitor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The plan U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has devised to cut back free and subsidized meals for poor school children reminds me of an old and cruel joke. The joke goes like this. A scientist who wanted to prove a point started experimenting with a frog. The scientist cut […]

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Commentary: So…about those bathrooms

Commentary: So…about those bathrooms

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com The good ole days of public bathrooms are officially over. I hate to see them end. Because those were good times. I think back to the days of former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and his infamous toe tapping move in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport men’s room. Remember that one? In […]

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Commentary: When the heart is an oval

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Commentary: When the heart is an oval

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Centuries of history sit around me. I’m in the Old Timers Room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway talking for a radio show with famed track historian Donald Davidson, race announcer Paul Page and Ron McQueeney, the IMS’s chief photographer for 35 years. The Old Timers Room is just off […]

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Column: Donald and Newt, a love story

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Column: Donald and Newt, a love story

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it’s fitting, even perfect, that Donald Trump might make Newt Gingrich his running mate. The two make a great match. Between them, they would bring to the fall campaign a total of six spouses and a shared history of extramarital wanderings, coupled with a willingness – no, an […]

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Commentary: Attuned to being alive

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Commentary: Attuned to being alive

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s the stillness in the midst of motion I miss the most. For a dozen years or so, I was a competitive triathlete. It was a long time ago, early in my career as a newspaperman. Deadlines defined the work – and therefore my life. They marched toward me […]

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Commentary: What’s making Americans mad

Commentary: What’s making Americans mad

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com It has been stated many times in the last few months that the American electorate is angry. Eight years ago we elected Barack Obama and his platform of “change we can believe in.” Now it seems that large numbers of voters are casting ballots on platforms of “change that is completely […]

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Commentary: Be sure to thank a teacher

Commentary: Be sure to thank a teacher

By Glenda Ritz TheStatehouseFile.com  Last week, much of the news coverage in Indiana focused on the presidential primary. While political nominations are important, the campaigns overshadowed an event that is near to my heart: Teacher Appreciation Week. Throughout Indiana, our teachers do incredible work every single day. Their day starts early and they often work […]

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Commentary: Lives of quiet desperation

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Commentary: Lives of quiet desperation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Glenn Augustine and Maddie Zielinski paint a somber picture. Augustine is vice president of advancement with the Indiana Youth Institute. Zielinski is state coordinator for Youth Move with Mental Health America of Indiana. We’re talking over the air about mental wellness challenges for young people here in the Hoosier […]

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Commentary: Magic Mike

Commentary: Magic Mike

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org This week Indiana Gov. Mike Pence kicked off his post-primary re-election tour with a bus trip across Indiana. We all know the governor is going to be in a competitive race to keep his current job. His challenges with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as controversy over LGBT rights […]

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