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Commentary: Muslim experience defines what it means to be American

Commentary: Muslim experience defines what it means to be American

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Aysha Ahmed is a lot of things. The young Noblesville woman is British, Pakistani, Muslim.  And most of all, she is American. She took center stage last year at a Columbus, Ohio rally where vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was campaigning. As a volunteer in Columbus, Ohio for Hillary Clinton’s campaign […]

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Senate committee votes to appoint, not elect state’s chief educator

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has moved one step closer to making the superintendent for public instruction an appointed rather than an elected position. The Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted 8-4 Monday to advance legislation that would give the governor the power to appoint the state’s top educator in 2025. Senate […]

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Cigarette tax deters smoking but threatens small business

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — When he was 10 years old, Jeff Slinker started smoking cigarettes, a decision that would lead to many medical problems later in his life. Decades later, he has lost the left side of his jaw, four lymph nodes and his teeth. They were all removed after he was diagnosed […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]

Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

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Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The calls keep coming. The writer Thomas Frank and I are talking over the air about his most recent book, “Listen, Liberal” – an unsparing critique of the ways the Democratic Party has lost its way by losing its connection with the working class, the dispossessed and the disinherited. […]

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Bill for 211 services sails through Statehouse

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators are hoping to improve the 211 telephone system with a change in overseers. Indiana 211 offers information to Hoosiers who need help with emotional or physical abuse, public health, housing, veteran’s aid, and other health and human services. The line is accessible in all 92 counties, 24/7, […]

Video: An inside look at Indiana’s 211 service centers

Video: Meal packing marathon to help feed the homeless

 

Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com A map that has been floating around on the internet sites shows how the country in less than two decades has devolved into a sharply divided nation where legislative districts are either overwhelmingly red or blue. No purple. Just mostly red and some blue. You might think that map, which is […]

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com During WWII, Winston Churchill was asked to cut funding for the arts. He replied, “then what are we fighting for?” Our president has proposed his first budget that features many things worthy of attack. In fact, his first proposed budget almost seems like a wartime suggestion in that it invests only […]