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Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

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Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The relative silence and sleepiness with which this session of the Indiana General Assembly has proceeded demonstrate a couple of things. The first is that, after more than a decade of controlling state government, there isn’t all that much left on the Indiana Republican Party’s wish list. The GOP […]

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Commentary: Opioids, childproof caps and a new version of an old idea

Commentary: Opioids, childproof caps and a new version of an old idea

By Michael Leppert Contrariana.com How many of us have ever heard of a Canadian doctor named Henri J. Breault? Breault practiced medicine in Western Ontario and was the leader of a campaign to stop accidental childhood poisonings. Facing an epidemic of these poisonings, he first formed an alliance of physicians and pharmacists in the early […]

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Commentary: Donald Trump speaks to the season

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Commentary: Donald Trump speaks to the season

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If there was one overarching takeaway from President Donald Trump’s first official State of the Union address, it was this. It’s an election year. In the days before the speech, the president’s staffers had said it would serve to pull together a deeply divided America. They hinted the address […]

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Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

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Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sam Nunn tells me a story. The story the former Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia tells is about how a partnership grew into a friendship. It’s about how that friendship changed history and likely saved tens of thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands, of lives. In the end, […]

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Commentary: Political purity tests

Commentary: Political purity tests

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  A few years ago, I was having a conversation with then Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. We were chatting about politics, and he made a very salient point that’s stuck with me. He said, “Abdul, in politics, purity tests are only good for Nazis and suicide bombers.” Truer words were never spoken, […]

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Commentary: Stories, theories and the Trump shrug

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Commentary: Stories, theories and the Trump shrug

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Everyone talks. Everyone has a theory. No one knows where this is heading. No one knows how the ride ends. I arrived in the nation’s capital as Congress voted to end an embarrassing federal government shutdown and every participant in the sorry episode scrambled to claim victory. At […]

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Commentary: Bias crimes: hopefully, taking this step first turns out to be enough

Commentary: Bias crimes: hopefully, taking this step first turns out to be enough

By Michael Leppert michaelleppert.com Fort Wayne’s La’Kysha Gardner testified before a Senate Committee at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday morning. She had a compelling story to tell about an assault on her son, Jason, and what appears to be an under-reaction to it by Allen Superior Court. Gardner explained to the Senate Corrections and Criminal […]

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and homework as a line of defense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the window just over the right shoulder of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, the Washington Monument stands, straight as truth itself. Lugar and I talk in a meeting room at the Lugar Center, which is housed in the Willard Hotel, home to much U.S. history. Ghosts […]

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Commentary: Trump’s America, year one

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Commentary: Trump’s America, year one

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it’s appropriate that President Donald Trump marked his first anniversary in the Oval Office by presiding, enraged and ineffectual, over the collapse of government. The same turbulent forces that fueled Trump’s rise made the shutdown of the federal government inevitable. The divisions and distrust that he discerned and […]

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Commentary: To the NRA, from Russia with love

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Commentary: To the NRA, from Russia with love

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The FBI, it seems, is investigating the National Rifle Association for using Russian money to illegally influence the 2016 election. McClatchy reports that the NRA may have taken money from a Russian banker of dubious reputation to spend on behalf of President Donald Trump. The sum could be staggering. […]

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