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Commentary: Obama, Pence and a moment in the spotlight

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Commentary: Obama, Pence and a moment in the spotlight

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Barack Obama and Mike Pence are two different, different men. The president of the United States, a Democrat, and the governor of Indiana, a Republican, came to their big speeches – the State of the Union and the State of the State – with similar challenges. Both find themselves […]

Commentary: Guns and a lost art that might help

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Commentary: Guns and a lost art that might help

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An old teacher of mine had a useful saying. “We can’t learn anything when our lips are moving,” he said. “It’s only when we shut up and listen that we have a chance to learn anything.” I thought about that bit of wisdom during President Barack Obama’s town hall […]

Commentary: Guns and fact-free zones

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Commentary: Guns and fact-free zones

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The letter came with no return address. It was unsigned. It was about guns. I’ve received many such letters. Sometimes they complain that, by criticizing the gun industry and the National Rifle Association, I’m bullying a defenseless multi-billion-dollar national network of well-trained corporate executives, spokespeople, lobbyists and, yes, legislators […]

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Pence among 27 governors calling on Obama to review refugee resettlement protocols

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fight over if and how the United States and individual states should take in Syrian refugees continues – now with a letter to President Barack Obama. The letter signed by 27 governors including Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence, urges Obama to complete an exhaustive review of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement […]

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Pence applauds court delay on Obama immigration policy

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence applauded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision Monday to uphold the injunction regarding two key parts of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Obama issued executive orders almost a year ago that would have protected millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The orders took two […]

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Indiana unemployment fell during September

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s jobless rate dropped a bit in September, bringing the state to its highest employment level in eight years. The drop to 4.5 percent unemployment also put Indiana more than a half-percentage point better than the national average of 5.1 percent. Gov. Mike Pence touted the drop in a press […]

Commentary: Diplomacy for dummies

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Commentary: Diplomacy for dummies

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Diplomacy is defined as skill in managing negotiations, handling people, etc., so that there is little or no ill will; tact. This is the thesis of my contribution to the famous book series “for dummies,” though I never thought this one would be so vital. Congress failed this week to block […]

Commentary: Barack Obama and Wile E. Coyote Republicans

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Commentary: Barack Obama and Wile E. Coyote Republicans

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and other conservatives will face a difficult challenge. They will have to start thinking for themselves. For more than six years, Pence and other Republicans have used a single star to set their course. Whatever the president of […]

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Gov. Pence sends a letter to Obama opposing the Iran deal

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is one of 15 governors who signed a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday declaring opposition to the Iran nuclear deal – or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The letter states that they “intend to ensure that the various state-level sanctions that are now in effect remain […]

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Commentary: Great compared to nothing

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com President Obama last week announced a deal aimed at reducing the threat of a nuclear weapon being developed in Iran. He was joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in a negotiated settlement with Iran that is now on its way to the United Nations for approval. Besides […]