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Analysis: State does about-face on fenced hunting

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Analysis: State does about-face on fenced hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – At a long, crowded committee meeting this week about one of Indiana’s most controversial hunting issues, officials from the Department of Natural Resources kept quiet. DNR Director Rob Carter did not testify about whether the General Assembly should legalize high-fenced hunting preserves. His legislative aid did not […]

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Commentary: Right-to-work battle will continue at least through November elections

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The first of the three acts in the bloody drama that is the right-to-work battle in the Indiana General Assembly is almost over. It hasn’t been pretty. The House of Representatives voted largely on party lines to approve right to work, which would make it illegal to […]

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Commentary: A peek at the race that might have been

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – When President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered the State of the Union and the Republican response Tuesday night, Americans got a taste of what might have been. For a time, until Daniels – citing concerns for family privacy – decided not to run for […]

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How not to win friends and influence people

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How not to win friends and influence people

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File As someone who has covered government and politics for 20 years, the most important rule I have learned is that perception is reality. No matter how much you say you love widows, orphans and puppies, it doesn’t do you any good to be seen owning the company that’s about […]

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Commentary: Free speech comes with responsibilities

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Commentary: Free speech comes with responsibilities

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., announced that she was stepping down from the U.S. House of Representatives just as the battle over right-to-work legislation reaches a crescendo in the Indiana House of Representatives. Giffords said she was resigning her seat in order […]

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Commentary: Can we ‘handle the truth’ about cost overruns?

The truth? You can’t handle the truth. — Jack Nicholson as Marine Col. Nathan Jessup on the witness stand in “A Few Good Men.” By Liz Brown Indiana Policy Review Perhaps politicians believe we can’t “handle the truth” about the costs of building and public works projects. They rarely put all the facts and figures […]

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Analysis: Philosophies diverge as lawmakers tackle bills

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Analysis: Philosophies diverge as lawmakers tackle bills

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An interesting dichotomy emerges every year when the General Assembly meets and begins debating hundreds of bills that affect the lives of Hoosiers. Some of that legislation aims to strip away rules and bureaucracy with the goal of more efficient government. But other bills do just the […]

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Commentary: The education community may need a family counselor

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The soap opera that is the right-to-work battle in the Indiana House of Representatives has overshadowed most things the past few weeks, including a hearing on the Indiana Department of Education’s new plan to give schools letter grades based on performance. The hearing was packed.  Most of […]

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Commentary: Republicans and Democrats aren’t acting rationally

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Commentary: Republicans and Democrats aren’t acting rationally

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Near the end of a life that included time in prison, famed Hoosier-born Socialist Eugene Debs made a startling confession. Debs said that there was only one period in his life of which he was ashamed. That was the two years he spent as a member of […]

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Commentary: Espich challenges Democrats on mass transit – and finds a taker

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Commentary: Espich challenges Democrats on mass transit – and finds a taker

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The chair of the Ways and Means Committee in the Indiana House of Representative played a game of chicken the other day. In the process, Rep. Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, may have created an opening for reshaping the political dialogue in Indiana. The issue was the mass transit […]

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