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Commentary: RTW reveals blindness on both sides

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Commentary: RTW reveals blindness on both sides

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Ambrose Bierce called hypocrisy “prejudice with a halo.” Both sides in the debate over right to work now dividing the Indiana House of Representatives for the second year in a row claim they are on the side of the angels. Republicans and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce say that […]

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Analysis: Compromise could be possible if RTW isn’t sole issue

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Analysis: Compromise could be possible if RTW isn’t sole issue

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – As the right-to-work battle in Indiana drags into the second week of the 2012 legislative session – and its second year of dividing the Indiana House of Representatives – it’s tough to see how compromise is possible. Right to work is one of those few public policy […]

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Commentary: Daniels has mellowed with experience and wisdom

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Commentary: Daniels has mellowed with experience and wisdom

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Maybe Mitch Daniels has mellowed. When he first ran for governor nearly eight years ago, the book on Daniels was that he was a brilliant guy with a short fuse. In the 2004 campaign and in Daniels’ early days in the governor’s chair, Democrats tried to play to that […]

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Commentary: Iowa does not represent the rest of us

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Commentary: Iowa does not represent the rest of us

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Iowa caucuses are to the American political process what the makeup of the Indiana General Assembly is to the state of Indiana. Both are a way for rural voters to exert more influence than they’re entitled to over a country and state that grow ever more […]

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Commentary: Debate on right-to-work sounds familiar

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Commentary: Debate on right-to-work sounds familiar

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The opening day of the 2012 Indiana General Assembly started with a surrender and then veered to a slowdown. Back to business as usual. The surrender came Tuesday morning, less than three hours before the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate were set to gavel themselves into […]

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Commentary: Statehouse rules unfair to public

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Commentary: Statehouse rules unfair to public

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Long ago, when I was but a lad, I took a school tour of the Statehouse. “Welcome to the people’s house,” the tour guide greeted us. The people’s house. Given the new directive limiting access to the Statehouse to 3,000 visitors at any time, state officials have managed to […]

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Commentary: Super Bowl XLVI…another Potemkin project

Potemkin |pəˈtɛm(p)kən| |pəˈtɛmkɪn| — adjective (informal), having a false or deceptive appearance, esp. one presented for the purpose of propaganda. ORIGIN 1930s: from Grigori Aleksandrovich Potyomkin (often transliterated Potemkin), a favorite of Empress Catherine II of Russia, who reputedly gave the order for sham villages to be built for the empress’s tour of the Crimea […]

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Commentary: A gentler political battle

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Commentary: A gentler political battle

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — It has been nearly 50 years since Birch Bayh last traveled the route that led to a battle over right-to-work legislation, but he still knows several of the signs along the road. “I don’t think the issues have changed too much over the years,” the former three-term […]

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Commentary: Occupy giving

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Commentary: Occupy giving

By David Morris Defending the Public Good This is the giving season and we Americans are prodigious givers. Nearly two thirds of us donate to charities each year. This year we will send more than $225 billion to charities. More than a quarter of this giving will occur in December. Those are the bare facts. […]

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Commentary: Smoking is an issue of freedom and personal responsibility

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Commentary: Smoking is an issue of freedom and personal responsibility

By Cecil Bohanon Indiana Policy Review Every day each of us makes choices that influence our own health: what we eat, how much we exercise, whether we take our medications. These are by nature private choices and private responsibilities. Some health choices, however, are collective. Outdoor air quality compromised by industrial pollution or mosquito control […]

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