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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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Commentary: Is Rube Goldberg managing state pension funds?

By Phil Troyer Indiana Policy Review Goldberg, Rube (1883–1970) U.S. cartoonist; creator of the comic strip character Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts (an inventor of complex mechanical devices to achieve simple tasks). It wasn’t mentioned in his State of the State message, but Gov. Daniels will leave for his successor a frustratingly complex and under-performing pension-management […]

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Analysis: IU, Purdue take first steps in what may be huge change

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Analysis: IU, Purdue take first steps in what may be huge change

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating change is under way in Indiana’s higher education system. The state’s two largest schools – Indiana University and Purdue University – have announced plans to move toward a more year-round approach to students’ education with the goal of helping students graduate early and for less. […]

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Commentary: A day of political division

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Commentary: A day of political division

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Jan. 10, 2012 in your calendar. It is likely to be a pivotal moment in Indiana’s history. It will be either the day the leaders in the Indiana General Assembly began to come back to their senses or the day that they poisoned the political atmosphere […]

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Commentary: Daniels, protestors won’t go quietly

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Mitch Daniels won’t go out quietly. That became clear at his eighth and last State of the State address Tuesday night. An hour before the speech began, the Indiana State Police opened the doors to the Statehouse and right-to-work protestors started filing in. They kept coming all […]

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