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Commentary: Politics of desperation

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Commentary: Politics of desperation

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – So, the sometimes silly, often senseless and always sad story of Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s struggle to hold onto his office seems to be near an end.  In the wee hours of the Saturday morning before the Super Bowl, a jury in Hamilton County found […]

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Analysis: Lawmakers have been up to much more than right to work

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Analysis: Lawmakers have been up to much more than right to work

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – As Republicans and Democrats were squabbling over contentious right-to-work legislation in January, lawmakers were quietly passing a long list of bills that might otherwise have garnered much more attention. That might be a surprise. To listen to some political insiders and opponents, it would be easy to […]

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Commentary: The money is what matters

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Jesse Unruh, the powerful speaker of the California State Assembly, said it best. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” he said in 1966. Politicians demonstrate the truth of that statement on a daily basis. Sometimes, the lessons are more blatant than others. This is one of […]

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Commentary: Dan Burton, a career of contradiction

Commentary: Dan Burton, a career of contradiction

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to know exactly how to peg retiring U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind. For much of the last two decades, he’s been a punch line for a series of not-so-funny jokes about the arrogance of career politicians. He’s the guy who missed crucial votes in Congress […]

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Commentary: Mass transit … time for a reality check

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Commentary: Mass transit … time for a reality check

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review INDIANAPOLIS — Merriam-Webster defines wishful thinking as “the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe.” It’s an apt description for folks clamoring to spend hundreds of millions on a Central Indiana mass-transit plan. We can pump […]

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Commentary: Is the Super Bowl Socialist?

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Commentary: Is the Super Bowl Socialist?

By David Morris Defending the Public Good  Is the Super Bowl a socialist enterprise?  Yes, the language is provocative but not, I believe, inappropriate.  After all Indiana, the site of the next Super Bowl, is currently governed by those who insist government should play a minimal role and the word they use to describe those who […]

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Commentary: A modest proposal for lawmakers

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Commentary: A modest proposal for lawmakers

By John Krull The Statehouse File               INDIANAPOLIS – Somewhat in the spirit of Jonathan Swift, I offer a modest proposal. Swift, an Irish satirist and political pamphleteer, provoked uproar in the 1720s when he suggested that one of the solutions to grinding poverty was to have the poor sell their children to the […]

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Analysis: State does about-face on fenced hunting

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Analysis: State does about-face on fenced hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – At a long, crowded committee meeting this week about one of Indiana’s most controversial hunting issues, officials from the Department of Natural Resources kept quiet. DNR Director Rob Carter did not testify about whether the General Assembly should legalize high-fenced hunting preserves. His legislative aid did not […]

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Commentary: Right-to-work battle will continue at least through November elections

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The first of the three acts in the bloody drama that is the right-to-work battle in the Indiana General Assembly is almost over. It hasn’t been pretty. The House of Representatives voted largely on party lines to approve right to work, which would make it illegal to […]

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Commentary: A peek at the race that might have been

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – When President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered the State of the Union and the Republican response Tuesday night, Americans got a taste of what might have been. For a time, until Daniels – citing concerns for family privacy – decided not to run for […]

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