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Commentary: What happens when leaders don’t do their jobs

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Commentary: What happens when leaders don’t do their jobs

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once again, the federal government tiptoes along a cliff’s edge. A government shutdown looms. Whenever such a shutdown is threatened, markets spiral and portfolios dip. People who are dependent upon government services – people needing to sign up for Social Security or Medicare, for example begin to worry. When […]

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Commentary: Of vulgarities, and what makes America great

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Commentary: Of vulgarities, and what makes America great

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late Bill Hudnut, a four-term Republican mayor of Indianapolis, had a marvelous saying. “You don’t make yourself taller,” Hudnut used to say, “by cutting someone else down.” I’ve been thinking about Hudnut’s words in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s reported dismissal of other nations as “s***holes.” As […]

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Commentary: Who speaks for the children?

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Commentary: Who speaks for the children?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No one says it isn’t true. I’m talking over the air with state lawmakers, a juvenile court judge and the leader of a children and family services not-for-profit about the letter of resignation Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, sent Gov. Eric Holcomb at […]

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Commentary: The First Amendment is a great teacher

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Commentary: The First Amendment is a great teacher

By Diana Hadley TheStatehouseFile.com A New Voices bill that supports student journalists is back on the agenda for the 2018 Indiana General Assembly. People ask me why I’m still working on this bill after my recent retirement from the Indiana High School Press Association. Although this effort isn’t about me, my 46-year career as a […]

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Commentary: Don’t just govern, do something

Commentary: Don’t just govern, do something

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  As we go into the third week of the Indiana General Assembly, I’ve been hearing some folks lament that lawmakers aren’t tackling a “big thing” or that Gov. Eric Holcomb has not offered a “bold agenda.” In other words, people are complaining that there is no significant initiative that costs a […]

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Commentary: Holcomb’s subdued State of the State

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Commentary: Holcomb’s subdued State of the State

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb’s second State of the State address didn’t pack many fireworks. Delivered in conversational and occasionally muted tones, Holcomb’s 28-minute speech was interrupted more than 25 times by mostly perfunctory applause. There were no standing ovations, no memorable sound bites, no red meat for rabid partisans on […]

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Commentary: A cipher in a pit of vipers

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Commentary: A cipher in a pit of vipers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The book isn’t a bombshell. For all the furor it produced across the country and the panic it provoked in the Oval Office, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” doesn’t contain many revelations for those who have paid attention. The book tells the story of […]

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Commentary: Donald, Steve and the end of the bromance

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Commentary: Donald, Steve and the end of the bromance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Bannon may not be much of a human being, but at least he seems to have taught President Donald Trump something. White nationalists aren’t such fine people, after all. The tiff the president is having with his former chief strategist, campaign guru and deputy chief of staff would […]

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Commentary: Why discipline matters

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Commentary: Why discipline matters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans have plans. And Indiana Democrats have concerns. That was the big takeaway from interviews I did with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (a Republican), Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and House Democratic […]

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Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

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Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WEST BRANCH, Iowa – The falling snow quiets everything. My wife and I tromp through the snow covering the Herbert Hoover presidential site. Our boots make little crunches as we walk. Winter storm warnings have prompted the National Park Service to close the white wooden buildings that recreate this little village […]

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