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Commentary: Will Stutzman voters decide the 2012 Senate primary?

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Commentary: Will Stutzman voters decide the 2012 Senate primary?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org INDIANAPOLIS – With a little more than a month to go before the U.S. Senate primary in Indiana, here’s one question to throw into the discussion: Will the Hoosiers who voted for Marlin Stutzman back in the 2010 Senate primary be the voters who decide whether Richard Lugar or Richard Mourdock […]

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Commentary: Single class basketball speaks to the heart, multi-classes to the head

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – America, the cliché goes, keeps refighting the Civil War. And, closer to home, here in Indiana, we keep rearguing class basketball. Over the next two months, the Indiana High School Athletic Association will hold 11 public hearings about whether the state’s basketball tournament should return to a […]

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Commentary: Class basketball didn’t hurt our family tradition

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Commentary: Class basketball didn’t hurt our family tradition

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The debate about single-class versus multiple-class high school basketball in Indiana is a little personal for me – not because I care that much about either side of the issue but because I have tremendous memories of attending the high school boys’ finals. It’s sort of a […]

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Commentary: Senate candidates stuck on the small stuff

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Commentary: Senate candidates stuck on the small stuff

 John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it is appropriate that, in this time of revolutionary change, the strange campaign for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat seems to be focused on something as trivial as hotel bills. The incumbent – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. – has been in office for more than 35 years. While […]

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Commentary: How to fail at politics without even trying

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Commentary: How to fail at politics without even trying

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File Picture this: It is Jan. 30, 2013. An SUV pulls up to the Statehouse and out steps U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly. He walks up the steps to the governor’s office where he sits down to have a conversation with Gov. John Gregg and House Speaker Pat Bauer. They are […]

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Commentary: Lessons in gender and government service

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Commentary: Lessons in gender and government service

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels’ choice of his former counsel Mark Massa to serve as Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice called attention to two political dynamics. The most obvious, of course, is the issue of gender. Indiana is one of only three states in the union not to have […]

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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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