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Commentary: Candidates for governor stick to script – mostly

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a good thing the first debate of Indiana’s 2012 gubernatorial campaign wasn’t billed as a drinking game. If it had been, the audience likely would have been hammered by the 25-minute mark. I started out trying to keep track of how many times Republican Mike Pence mentioned his […]

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Commentary: Grandfather, minister offer valuable lessons for political season

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Commentary: Grandfather, minister offer valuable lessons for political season

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As this election season enters its final weeks and the vitriol flowing from both political parties reaches flood stage, I find myself thinking about my grandfather and a good friend of his, the local Presbyterian minister. Grandpa spent his life as a school teacher, a principal and a Boy […]

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Commentary: Which “Lugar Republicans” will show up on Election Day?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  Back in August, I wrote a column headlined “Still looking for those Lugar Republicans.” The basic premise of the column was that every poll that came out regarding Indiana showed Republicans Mitt Romney and Mike Pence basically walking away with their respective races over Democrats Barack Obama and John Gregg, while […]

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Commentary: The ethical case for right to work

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Commentary: The ethical case for right to work

By Cecil Bohannon Indiana Policy Review How many different restaurants do you patronize? In my household the number is in double digits ranging from fast foods to fine dining.Now suppose a bare majority of the eateries in your town forces all the others into a dues-imposing “restaurant association” that fixes prices, hours and terms of […]

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Commentary: Support your state traffic cop

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, took a fair bit of time a few days ago to deliver a short message to the three men who want to be the state’s next governor. That message? Whoa, boys. The two leading candidates for governor – Republican Mike Pence and Democrat […]

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Analysis: It’s not clear what GOP ‘support’ of early education really means

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans this week released the legislative agenda they’ll pursue should they retain control of the Indiana House – which is almost a certainty – and among their priorities is promoting preschool. If recent studies are to be believed, it’s a worthy goal. And it’s certainly a trendy one as […]

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Commentary: Romney uses debate to reignite presidential campaign

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They may not have been Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, but Wednesday night in Denver, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney engaged in a debate that mattered. Before the two men walked onto the stage that night, Romney had had a series of bad weeks. A hasty comment criticizing Obama […]

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Commentary: NRA not interested in Indiana race but 2016 battle instead

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Commentary: NRA not interested in Indiana race but 2016 battle instead

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – So, the National Rifle Association has endorsed a candidate in the Indiana governor’s race. “Mike Pence is a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights. Voters in Indiana can trust that Mike Pence will respect their right to self-defense and will honor their rich hunting heritage as […]

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Commentary: It’s not your father’s child welfare services

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  A lot of Indiana’s political class is still talking about last week’s resignation of former DCS Chief Judge James Payne. If you’re reading this, then you likely know Payne resigned following a story by The Indianapolis Star which implied he crossed an ethical line and helped prepare a brief against the […]

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Commentary: Social Security and ‘the 47 percent’

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review Social Security turned 75 this year, having paid its first beneficiaries in 1937. It was conceived under the Social Security Act of 1935 and was established to provide an income to those who had worked and were at least 65 years old. Since then, Social Security has expanded to […]

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