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Commentary: Incredibly loud, not very effective

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Commentary: Incredibly loud, not very effective

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Long, long ago, back in my school days, I had a science teacher who had a peculiar method of explaining difficult concepts. If a student was puzzled by something, our science teacher, an otherwise pleasant man, would repeat what he had said the first time – only a decibel […]

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Commentary: A swim in the lake of doubt

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NEW YORK – Night shrouds the water. As I walk down the small rise from the lake house where my wife, children and an assortment of other relatives and friends wind down after a robust dinner to the dock, the sky is a collection of deep blues, inky […]

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Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

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Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The latest dispute regarding Planned Parenthood illustrates much of what is wrong with American politics. For those who haven’t followed the story, an activist with a long history of opposing reproductive rights made several visits to Planned Parenthood offices. He filmed several of the exchanges he had with Planned […]

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Analysis: Reflections after 20 years under the Statehouse dome

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty years ago when I arrived at the Indiana Statehouse to begin covering the General Assembly, the beat was among the most respected in the newsroom. Covering the legislature meant you were doing something that mattered – writing stories about taxes, highways, education and social issues, stories that helped […]

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Commentary: Great compared to nothing

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com President Obama last week announced a deal aimed at reducing the threat of a nuclear weapon being developed in Iran. He was joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in a negotiated settlement with Iran that is now on its way to the United Nations for approval. Besides […]

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Commentary: Harper Lee comes home again

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Commentary: Harper Lee comes home again

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Harper Lee’s freshly published novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” reads like a postcard from the past. The book has generated a lot of controversy. Many Harper Lee fans see the novel as a travesty – an attempt by greedy handlers and publishers to take advantage of an author in […]

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Commentary: Ritz’s rocky road

Commentary: Ritz’s rocky road

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Whenever I am asked what I think about the Glenda Ritz’s campaign for governor, I used to tell people it reminds me of a movie that’s supposed to be a giant summer blockbuster, but instead the trailers were the best parts. However, in the wake of last week’s news regarding her […]

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Commentary: All we are saying….

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Commentary: All we are saying….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The late U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs, D-Indiana, had a name for politicians who loved the idea of Americans fighting in wars without ever going themselves. “Chicken hawks,” he called them. Andy’s reluctance to send young Americans off to kill or be killed confused people. (I call him Andy because […]

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Analysis: Fun race setting up in 9th District Republican primary

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For a time, when Indiana’s 9th congressional district ran along the Ohio River, all eyes watched in November as close battles kept voters in suspense. That’s when Democrat Baron Hill and Republican Mike Sodrel traded the seat back and forth – and before Republican Todd Young knocked Hill off […]

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Commentary: Polishing the Peace Prize

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Political campaigns are tough in many ways. One general problem with them is that candidates desperately need to do or say things that will generate interest or attention in their campaigns. But if they win, they immediately have to transition from being an entertainer to being a statesman. Two words that should strike […]

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