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Analysis: New law tries to balance individual rights, police safety

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Analysis: New law tries to balance individual rights, police safety

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill this week that tweaks Indiana’s so-called castle doctrine and aims to overturn an Indiana Supreme Court ruling that banned homeowners from using physical force to stop police from entering their homes – even if the entry was unlawful. The debate at […]

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Commentary: My mother and civil law

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File My older brother Mike and I were born one year apart and as kids, we had our share of disagreements. Arguments got resolved pretty quickly, however, thanks to the infinite wisdom of our mother. If she heard us arguing, she would say, “Since you kids have time to […]

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Guest column: NRA explains its endorsement of Richard Mourdock

By Chris W. Cox National Rifle Association The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech. Your columnist, John Krull, appears to have exercised his constitutional right with little, if any, common sense. The foundation of democracy is that every vote counts. And people band together to amplify their voice. That’s basic civics. Click here […]

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Gun lobby touchy about its grab at a Senate seat

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Gun lobby touchy about its grab at a Senate seat

By John Krull The Statehouse File   INDIANAPOLIS – The National Rifle Association got its feelings hurt. Not long ago, Chris Cox, the gun group’s chief lobbyist, invited Indiana journalists to a conference call so he could announce that the NRA was endorsing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his primary campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. […]

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Commentary: Zoeller acting on principle in health care suit

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Commentary: Zoeller acting on principle in health care suit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller called the other day to express cordial disagreement with a column I wrote. And the thing is: He had a valid point. The column was about the lawsuit challenging the health care reform law that the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing […]

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Analysis: Taxes are only one piece of the discussion

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Analysis: Taxes are only one piece of the discussion

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mike Pence has a team of experts helping him decide what changes to make in Indiana’s tax code to help spur economic development and create jobs in the state. Pence – the state’s 6th District congressman who is running for governor – has given only hints […]

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Guest column: Why Indiana challenged the health care law

By Greg Zoeller Special to The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS–On March 26, the United States Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings with six hours of oral argument on the constitutional challenge filed by Indiana and 25 other states against certain sections of the federal health care law: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, […]

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Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

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Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and a fellow Republican, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, got together a few days ago at a press conference to denounce President Obama’s health care law. A suit filed by 26 states – Indiana among them – to set aside the law will […]

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Commentary: Will the real Indiana General Assemby please stand up?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — As someone who describes his personal politics as a fiscal conservative and social libertarian, I can honestly say this past session of the Indiana General Assembly made me a very happy camper and also managed to annoy the hell out of me at the same time. For […]

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Commentary: Special interests use scare tactics that work

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Commentary: Special interests use scare tactics that work

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly a century ago, Sen. Henry Fountain Ashurst, D-Ariz., had the nerve to say what a lot of politicians think. “When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget,” Ashurst […]

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