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Commentary: What the young woman said

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Commentary: What the young woman said

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The days since the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have demonstrated at least two things. The first is that students at that high school and others across the nation have shown more courage and leadership capacity than our supposed leaders in the White House, Congress […]

Commentary: Watch your mouth, kid, the whole country is listening

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Commentary: Watch your mouth, kid, the whole country is listening

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com From behind a podium in Florida last week, Emma Gonzalez said plenty. Much of what she has said the last several days has been said before, sort of. A sample of her tone was directed toward our nation’s political class.  She said to a mourning crowd, mocking the old guard “that […]

Commentary: Some perspective on ‘payday loans’

Commentary: Some perspective on ‘payday loans’

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org   Let’s say you needed to borrow $100 from me, and you’d give me my money back tomorrow. I told you, yes, but you could only do it if you paid me back $101. You’d probably say sure. Paying $1 to get the $100 you need; no big deal, right? Well, guess […]

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Pelath tries and fails to turn sex-ed bill into school safety measure

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Members of the Indiana House might not have a solution for addressing school safety yet, but they learned the wrong way to tackle the issue on Thursday. In the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, issued a letter to […]

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Senate sends Sunday sales to the governor

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could be able to purchase alcohol on a Sunday as soon as March 4. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, repeals Indiana’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales, allowing liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell beer, wine and liquor from noon to 8 p.m. […]

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Redistricting reform dies in Indiana House

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– For the second year in a row, Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, has killed a redistricting reform bill and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he is OK with that. “There’s a lot of questions we had. I don’t think the bill accurately follows some of the national case law […]

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Senate Democrats say bill puts local school control at risk

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats say a bill that is supposed to prevent school corporations from falling into financial distress could allow the state to take over school districts across Indiana. House Bill 1315 allows the state to appoint emergency managers and replace elected school boards with appointed advisory committees in districts […]

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Commentary: Hoosier students, advisers deserve better

By Ryan Gunterman TheStatehouseFile.com They deserve better than this. Hoosier student journalists and their teachers deserve better than what the Indiana House of Representatives did to them the evening of Feb. 5. They deserve better than the fear mongering by the associations representing principals, superintendents and school boards while lobbying those legislators. They deserve better […]

Commentary: The GOP’s money primary

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Commentary: The GOP’s money primary

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates had a big primary Tuesday night. No, it wasn’t the official primary. That’s May 8. But this one may have been just as important. In fact, it might even be more important to the candidates. The event Tuesday night was the Koch primary. That […]

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Firefly bill lights up committee hearing

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­– For Kayla Xu and her classmates at Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette, Say’s Firefly is more than an insect that glows in the dark. The firefly, native to Indiana, was a civics lesson like no other. The fifth grader has been on a four-year quest to have Say’s Firefly […]

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