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Commentary: You stay classy, America

Commentary: You stay classy, America

By Bryan Ault TheStatehouseFile.com   American politics is sinking to new lows.   Shortly after passing their replacement of the Affordable Care Act (known as “ObamaCare”), House Republicans rolled in beers to “celebrate” a “victory” over legislation many of them haven’t read. After the vote, and apparently counting on a huge swing of public opinion […]

Commentary: The ties that should and must bind us

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Commentary: The ties that should and must bind us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – They were different men who looked at the world in different ways. My grandfather was a small-town Hoosier school teacher and principal. One of his good friends was the local Presbyterian minister. Grandpa was a devout Republican. He was so committed to the GOP that he voted Republican […]

Commentary: Where the real quarrel is

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Commentary: Where the real quarrel is

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few days ago, former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith and I stepped onto a small stage together. The event was the Indianapolis Civic Leadership Summit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. We were to have a conversation – me posing questions, him answering them – as the attendees finished their […]

Commentary: The civil life

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Commentary: The civil life

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Is Congress failing to keep the peace? In a peaceful society, leaders’ discourse is respectful both of individuals and of institutions.  Peace is engendered when disagreement is expressed with empathy and understanding, with respect for the position, assigned function and opinion of others. If respect is missing at the top, is […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and passing the time of day

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Commentary: Mike Pence and passing the time of day

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The other day, Mike Pence and I happened to enter the Statehouse at the same time. The governor and I shook hands, then took a couple of minutes to chat. Because it was a conversation and not an interview, I’m not going to report it here. And there really […]

Commentary: This is how adults behave

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Commentary: This is how adults behave

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Not long ago, I moderated a discussion between the candidates for mayor of Indianapolis, Democrat Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer. I’ve been thinking about that event ever since the three of us stepped off the stage. It wasn’t that the discussion produced any fireworks or “a-ha, gotcha” moments. […]

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Lugar, Hamilton talk political civility at lieutenant governor’s conference

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two distinguished former lawmakers – one Democrat and one Republican – spoke out Wednesday about civility among elected officials. Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar took part in a panel to discuss their experience working with members of the opposing party and the need […]

Commentary: A time for courtesy

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Commentary: A time for courtesy

By Bob Garton TheStatehouseFile.com The first five letters in civilization give meaning and substance to the word. Those letters are critical in defining civilization. Being civil or practicing civility is critically important because it is the foundation on which civilization is built. Today, civility seems to be a lost art, particularly among elected officials. In […]

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Video & analysis: This session showed a kinder, gentler legislature

Indiana lawmakers say the 2013 session had better tone from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the last hours before adjournment – as tired lawmakers debated a budget and voucher expansion and a controversial utility measure – it might be easy to assume that this had been just another in a […]

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Commentary: My mother and civil law

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File My older brother Mike and I were born one year apart and as kids, we had our share of disagreements. Arguments got resolved pretty quickly, however, thanks to the infinite wisdom of our mother. If she heard us arguing, she would say, “Since you kids have time to […]