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Commentary: Forgive the religious in the name of God

Commentary: Forgive the religious in the name of God

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com That Thursday was surreal. After several last ditch efforts to convince the Indiana Senate that it should debate and vote on the issue of bias, or hate crimes, I was forced to accept that it isn’t going to happen. Not this year. Maybe not ever. Nationally, the number of hate crimes […]

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Commentary: Trump vs. Trump, on the big stage

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Commentary: Trump vs. Trump, on the big stage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump Tuesday night engaged in a debate. With himself. The contradictions in both the president’s rhetoric and his approach to governing were there from the beginning of the speech. He started, somewhat oddly, by conflating the last day of Black History […]

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Commentary: Don’t underestimate that guy named Joe

Commentary: Don’t underestimate that guy named Joe

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Although it might seem a little early to start talking about the 2018 elections, I think it’s only fair to point out that Joe Donnelly won’t be a pushover come next year. And even though Republicans in Indiana walked away with just about everything but the kitchen sink last year, anyone […]

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Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

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Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Moments after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his campaign to become Democratic National Committee chair, the Indiana Republican Party let loose with an email blast. Under the headline “WANTED,” it read: “The Indiana Republican Party is seeking a job focused, purposeful conservative from South Bend who will put […]

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Commentary: A little conversation goes a long way

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Commentary: A little conversation goes a long way

By Bryan Ault TheStatehouseFile.com   CARMEL, Indiana — A short story to hopefully lift up your spirits in one of our country’s most polarizing times.   I was walking toward the restroom in the library on the day after the 2016 election when I passed by two librarians talking about the previous night’s events. Their conversation […]

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Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

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Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Trump administration says its decision to roll back rights for transgender Americans is based on principle. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say they are taking a stand for “states’ rights.” Throughout American history, that’s generally what bigots have said when they […]

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Commentary: Indiana at the center of Supreme Court campaign

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — I invite you to take a little trip with me through the byzantine world of campaign finance as it is now playing out in Indiana. This trip starts at the Indiana Statehouse where, on Wednesday, Attorney General Curtis Hill held a press conference urging the state’s two senators to […]

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Commentary: The president is not the boss anymore

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Commentary: The president is not the boss anymore

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Every parent feels a little pressure when it comes to raising their kids. Many of us start with a preconceived notion of how our children will turn out so that each deviation from that plan can often seem like a failure. Usually that perspective could not be more wrong, but I […]

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Commentary: Either way, a waste of time and money

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Commentary: Either way, a waste of time and money

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So many people want to edit the Founding Fathers. They seem to think that they could have done a better job with the Constitution of the United States than those bozos James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin and George Washington did. Perhaps this need to revise America’s founding document […]

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Commentary: Close to America’s divided heart

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Commentary: Close to America’s divided heart

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WOOSTER, Ohio – It’s a quiet night here in the cradle of the presidents. That’s what Ohio used to be called. Between 1868 and 1920 – years when America made the slow, unsteady march from the cataclysm of the Civil War to an emergence as an industrial, economic and political power […]

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