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Commentary: The Ellspermann paradigm

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org When Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence named State Representative Sue Ellspermann as his running mate, my Democratic friends decided to make political hay of the fact that she voted in the 2008 Democratic primary when Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama were duking it out to be their party’s nominee. One prominent […]

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Commentary: Gregg goes after Pence on the wrong issues

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrats’ candidate for governor, John Gregg, began the summer season by unloading a blast on the record his Republican opponent, Mike Pence, has assembled on social issues, particularly those relating to women. Gregg called a press conference and issued a media release on something he called […]

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Analysis: American voters like state government better than federal

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Analysis: American voters like state government better than federal

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Much has been made – and rightly so – about the public’s plummeting opinion of the federal government. New data from the Pew Research Center shows that a decade ago, about two-thirds of Americans had favorable opinions about the federal government. Today, that’s fallen to just one-third, […]

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Commentary: The Mitch Daniels conspiracy*

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Commentary: The Mitch Daniels conspiracy*

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org Well, it’s official. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is part of the New World Order and global elites who are setting an oligarchy which will hasten the collapse of the global economy, cause chaos which will result in martial law and the nation state system as we know will be dissolved in favor […]

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Commentary: Make me happy, cut the bull

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Commentary: Make me happy, cut the bull

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Someone asked me the other day why seeing politicians disagree bothers me so much. It was a fair question. The answer is that the fact that politicians from different parties disagree doesn’t bother me. I expect them to. It’s the way that they disagree that bugs me. […]

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Commentary: Toll road deal took decisions out of hands of Hoosiers

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it was fitting that news that the funds generated by Major Moves have pretty much run out arrived right at the start of summer, the time when people starting hitting the road with ardor. Major Moves was Gov. Mitch Daniels’ plan to repair and add to […]

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Commentary: There’s much for an economist to applaud in ‘liberal’ Indiana

By Cecil Bohanon Indiana Policy Review In May 1988, Professor James McGill Buchanan, the 1986 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, told the graduating class at Ball State University that he “had never been attracted to the romantic nonsense that government or politicians know what is best . . .” He encouraged the students […]

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Commentary: Democrats should give voters a real choice

Commentary: Democrats should give voters a real choice

By Shaw Friedman Special to The Statehouse File Any Democrat looking at either statewide office or the state legislature needs to think twice before embracing Republican calls for yet more budget-busting cuts in corporate taxes as a way to spur job growth. Not only is such a plan lousy politics, the evidence is overwhelming that […]

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Commentary: Democrats’ lonely candidate for governor

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Minutes after he introduced his running mate Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg wandered around the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse like a man lost at his own party. As a crowd of reporters and onlookers stood clustered around the woman he had chosen to run […]

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Commentary: Ask not for whom the road tolls

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Commentary: Ask not for whom the road tolls

By Abdul-Hakim Shabazz The Statehouse File I have always maintained that in politics if you stick around long enough, you will eventually see everything.   Already, my Democratic friends are lamenting that money from the lease of the Indiana Toll Road is about to expire.   And because there are still 69 years left on the lease […]

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