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Commentary: It’s time for advocates of vouchers to prove they work

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Commentary: It’s time for advocates of vouchers to prove they work

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, those school voucher advocates can be touchy. A few days ago, I wrote a column expressing skepticism that vouchers would solve all of the problems confronting education in America. I pointed out the market forces that voucher advocates view with dewy-eyed giddiness as the savior of […]

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Analysis: Democratic crossover could help Lugar close margin

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Analysis: Democratic crossover could help Lugar close margin

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Just one day before a new poll showed that state Treasurer Richard Mourdock had opened a double digit lead on incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, I was part of a panel on the Indianapolis public radio show No Limits discussing the race. Even at that point, we all […]

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Commentary: Impact of divisive primary remains debatable

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review If family feuds make you squirm, you’ll be glad when this primary’s over. While Democrats across Indiana have lain low, infighting among Republicans has rivaled that of Cain and Abel. Dick Lugar — “Obama’s favorite Republican.” “Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s got problems.” “We can’t trust David McIntosh as our congressman.” […]

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Commentary: Demonizing opponents gets votes but not good debate

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Commentary: Demonizing opponents gets votes but not good debate

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Just in the past few days, my mailbox has been stuffed with campaign pieces in the race for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District Republican nomination that proclaim that one candidate is corrupt and a liar and another is a secret abortionist. And those are the nice ones. That […]

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Commentary: Moderation has become a vice, not a virtue

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Commentary: Moderation has become a vice, not a virtue

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org As I watch the current political landscape and the harshness and coarseness of today’s political dialogue, I have to ask two questions: When did disagreement turn into disagreeable? And when did moderation become a vice instead of a virtue? Just look at the race for the United States Senate. Incumbent Richard […]

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Commentary: Tea party favorite has Democrats hopeful

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Commentary: Tea party favorite has Democrats hopeful

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – As the bitter primary battle between Richard Lugar and Richard Mourdock for the GOP nomination for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat, a lot of Democrats and Republicans have the same word in mind. Nevada. In 2010, the same Tea Party types who have provided the muscle for Mourdock’s […]

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Analysis: The back story on Gregg’s gas tax plan

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – When Democrat John Gregg announced this week he would push for the elimination of the sales tax on gas – and fund the plan by eliminating more than $500 million in spending elsewhere in state government – I flashed back to a tax cut plan he’d proposed […]

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Commentary: Marketplace is no savior for education

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has a bad case of school voucher fever right now. Many sensible people have embraced the idea of vouchers as a cure-all for what ails education in Indiana and the United States. Those folks managed to ram the most sweeping voucher law in the country through […]

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Commentary: I will gladly vouch for school vouchers

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org Full disclosure: In one of my many capacities I work with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice doing some consultant work. However, I have been a proponent of school choice and vouchers for years. This may shock both friend and foe alike, but I used to oppose vouchers for private schools. […]

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Commentary: The vulnerable political center

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – William Butler Yeats could have been a pundit. Nearly a century ago, the Irish poet wrote: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold…. It’s almost as if Yeats had opened a window on our […]

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