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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw maps for legislative districts. That’s particularly timely in Indiana, where lawmakers are about to study whether to move the redistricting process to such a commission. It’s a move advocated by good-government type […]

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels, Steve Goldsmith and faith in government

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels, Steve Goldsmith and faith in government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When they were in office, Steve Goldsmith and Mitch Daniels often found themselves targets of criticism. I know, because I delivered a fair bit of it. When Goldsmith was mayor of Indianapolis from 1992 to 2000 and Daniels was Indiana’s governor from 2005 to 2013, they both were pioneers […]

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Guest column: Pence says past session is one to be proud of

By Mike Pence Indiana governor With the close of the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly, Hoosiers can be proud of the many accomplishments that will make Indiana a better place to get a job, raise a family or start a business. Today marks the start of the new fiscal year in our state […]

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Commentary: Reagan’s gift of Kennedy

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Ronald Reagan was posthumously vital to a landmark week in America.  It has been commonplace for some time for some Republicans to refer to themselves as “Reagan Republicans.”  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has now established the standard for that descriptive. It’s weeks like these that should inspire Americans to study […]

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Commentary: The Fourth and our family quarrel for the ages

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Commentary: The Fourth and our family quarrel for the ages

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it is fitting that we Americans are having, as we approach the Fourth of July holiday, another national discussion about our bedrock principles. Freedom. Equality. Justice. Like so many of our debates, this one resembles a family quarrel. And, like many family arguments, this one, in different forms, […]

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Analysis: Republicans need more than promises of repeal to lure voters

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Analysis: Republicans need more than promises of repeal to lure voters

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans in Indiana and across the nation have a big choice to make: Continue their call to repeal the Affordable Care Act or find a way to work with and improve the existing law. And their decision will impact key races in 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court last week […]

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Commentary: The Supreme Court and an end to the bleeding

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Commentary: The Supreme Court and an end to the bleeding

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Many conservatives now would like to firebomb the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court issued two historic decisions, back to back, that enraged the most partisan and ideological members of the American right. The first came Thursday morning with a 6-3 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act – […]

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Commentary: 22 for torture

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com It was a violent time last week in America. Uncommonly violent sort of. On Wednesday, another mass shooting occurred, this time in a racially motivated incident in a Charleston, South Carolina church.  This tragedy overshadowed an important decision made by the U.S. Senate the day before on interrogation standards of the Central […]

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Commentary: America’s wound that never heals

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Commentary: America’s wound that never heals

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some wars never end. Following the racist atrocity in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a disturbed young white man murdered nine innocent black people as they prayed and worshipped at church, we have started a national discussion about our history and heritage as Americans. At the center of that […]

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Commentary: Charleston and the meanness in the world

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Commentary: Charleston and the meanness in the world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com CLARK FORK, Idaho – The mountains look as fresh and green as spring itself. We’re gathered here for my uncle’s memorial service. He died six months ago when the ground was cold and covered with several feet of snow. His daughters, my cousins, decided to wait to bring family together to […]

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