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Analysis: Social media lets politicians talk directly with constituents

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Analysis: Social media lets politicians talk directly with constituents

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Social media is becoming an increasingly important part of the way politicians and policymakers communicate with constituents and there’s no better evidence than an online town hall meeting that Senate Democrats have planned on Twitter for this Monday. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, is set to answer Hoosiers’ […]

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Commentary: Health ruling has something for everyone to like

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Commentary: Health ruling has something for everyone to like

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s hope U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has an unlisted number. Even if he does, my guess is that Roberts’ ears are going to burn for the next few days, months or years. By providing the swing vote and writing the majority opinion in the […]

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Commentary: Dress politicians up like NASCAR drivers with sponsors on their sleeves

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has been busy. In addition to gutting most of Arizona’s – and Indiana’s – anti-immigration laws, the nation’s highest court nailed the door to the coffin shut on any meaningful campaign finance regulation by extending its 2010 Citizens United ruling to state and […]

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Commentary: President Daniels, Purdue that is

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org On Friday afternoon I was walking through the Capitol and ran into Gov. Mitch Daniels. He was chatting with some visitors and I didn’t want to interrupt. So I quickly walked by and told him, “Congratulations, Mr. President.” Now, as much as I would have liked to have said that if […]

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Commentary: Conservatives should be wary what they wished for in health care lawsuit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather, a wise man, once told me: “One good reason not to go around asking for a fight is that you never really know who or what the answer is going to be.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot as Americans wait for the U.S. […]

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Commentary: Nation’s budget crisis requires cuts and more revenue

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File In three terms as a member of Congress, I never once voted to raise taxes. And I cast hundreds of votes to cut government spending. I have always believed prudence should reign when government leaders set fiscal policy. After all, they are deciding how much in taxes we […]

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Analysis: Purdue may have to adapt to independent Daniels style

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Analysis: Purdue may have to adapt to independent Daniels style

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – By almost any account – positive or negative – Purdue University’s choice of Gov. Mitch Daniels to serve as the school’s next president is a fascinating one that will require the Republican to adapt to a new world. After all, Daniels will be answering to a board […]

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Commentary: Daniels zigs when others think he’ll zag

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Trust Mitch Daniels to keep things interesting. When the news leaked that he would become Purdue University’s president after leaving office as governor, it seemed fitting in oh so many ways. In the first place, it fits because it is the kind of bold move that Daniels […]

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Commentary: Democrats admit they can’t win without Republican voters

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org I originally had planned to attend the Indiana Democratic Convention in Fort Wayne this past weekend but unfortunately – or fortunately depending on your perspective – I had to attend a conference in Las Vegas. I did make it a point to follow my media colleagues on Twitter as well as […]

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Commentary: Maturity missing in Senate ad war

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The contrast could not have been clearer. At the same time that the two major party candidates for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat – Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock – and their proxies had begun dropping video bombs on each other in their brutal air war, […]

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