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Chief justice prefers ‘transitioning’ to ‘retiring’

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Chief justice prefers ‘transitioning’ to ‘retiring’

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard looks tired. It is the afternoon of the day he announced his retirement from the Indiana Supreme Court.  When he steps down on March 4, he will have served as chief justice for 25 years and have been on the court for […]

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Right-to-work debate a domestic dispute

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Perhaps the Republicans and the Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly could resolve their differences over right-to-work legislation through counseling. A family therapist once told me that the toughest disputes to resolve in a troubled relationship are the ones in which “both partners are right, but they’re right about […]

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Commentary: When feds spend highway money, taxpayers get fleeced

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review Right before his inauguration in 2009, Barack Obama invited the nation’s governors to meet with him in Philadelphia to discuss the nation’s economic problems. Gov. Mitch Daniels teamed up with his buddy, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, to start a conversation about federal stimulus spending. Their idea was for the […]

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The cyber tax: Right nail but wrong hammer

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The cyber tax: Right nail but wrong hammer

“In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington Wednesday, Noblesville Republican State Senator Luke Kenley said Congress should allow states to collect sales tax from all Internet retailers, regardless of whether they have a physical presence in the state. — Dec. 1, 2011 By Ryan Cummins Indiana Policy Review When all you think you […]

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Herman Cain’s issues raise old questions

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Mounting evidence suggests that presidential candidate Herman Cain has what political professionals call, indelicately, “a zipper problem.” At least four women have accused him of sexual harassment. Two received financial settlements based on their claims. Another woman says she and the former pizza magnate had a 13-year-long […]

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Commentary: Decades of Hoosier school choice threatened by unions

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Commentary: Decades of Hoosier school choice threatened by unions

By Angela C. Erickson Indiana Policy Review For decades, Indiana’s school-choice programs have helped send Hoosier students to the colleges of their choice and provided school books and bus transportation for children in private schools. Never before have programs like these been challenged on constitutional grounds. Until now. In an attempt to maintain their monopoly […]

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And the band still plays

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And the band still plays

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The man in the hospital bed didn’t move. A machine helped him breathe. Tubes attached to his arms pumped drugs into his veins.  He was in a coma.  He was dying. He had AIDS. That was a dozen years ago.  He was a colleague at a place […]

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Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

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Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

By Norman Van Cott Indiana Policy Review Foundation A recent Wall Street Journal article describes a Santa Monica, Calif., church distributing holiday food baskets. But the truth is, Walmart and its counterparts spread far more holiday-food cheer than do churches and public-service groups. Scholars estimate that the presence of Walmart in a community reduces food […]

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Commentary: Dancing toward another donnybrook

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Commentary: Dancing toward another donnybrook

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Here we go again. At the same time members of the Congressional deficit supercommittee said they couldn’t find enough common ground even to begin talking about reducing the nation’s debt, Republicans and Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly started lining up for another donnybrook over right-to-work legislation. If you […]

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Analysis: Ballard earned his win

By John Krull The Statehouse File A year ago, Greg Ballard stood poised on the edge of defeat in the mayor’s race. The David Bissard case made it seem as if the police were out of control and managing law enforcement was an issue – in fact, perhaps the only specific issue – the Republican […]

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