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Commentary: New Hampshire and voters mad as….

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Commentary: New Hampshire and voters mad as….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New Hampshire voters gave voice to their inner Howard Beales Tuesday night. Echoing the cry of the tragic character in the cinematic dark farce “Network,” they cried: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” So, on the Democratic side, the good people of the […]

Commentary: LGBT rights and a change in the landscape

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Commentary: LGBT rights and a change in the landscape

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, sounds both weary and frustrated. He and I talk over the air just a couple of days after Senate Bill 344 – his attempt to weave protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers into the state’s civil right laws – came to an […]

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Commentary: A nice guy who finished first

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When I first met Travis Braun, he was just a stripling, a skinny kid. This was well before Travis won the Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” competition and the $1 million prize and the job with one of Hollywood’s hottest directors that comes with winning. It was before he […]

Commentary: Gov. Pence and the backward k

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Commentary: Gov. Pence and the backward k

By Michael Leppert http://www.contrariana.com Henry Chadwick, an English born historian and creator of baseball’s box score, used the letter “K” to denote a strikeout in the scorebook because it was the last letter in “struck” as in “struck out.”  He often used the last letter in a word because it was often more memorable, and […]

Commentary: Iowa and the key to the bank

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Commentary: Iowa and the key to the bank

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People misread the Iowa caucuses. They grouse about the influence that a somewhat sparsely populated and mostly homogenous state has on the process of selecting the leader of an increasingly diverse and urban nation. They complain, too, that the means of determining which candidates get which delegates to the […]

Commentary: John Gregg, Mike Pence and a locked steering wheel

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Commentary: John Gregg, Mike Pence and a locked steering wheel

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A quiet drumbeat regarding Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg has started. Republican campaign operatives – who are nervous not just about Mike Pence’s political wounds, but also about the governor’s seeming determination to both inflict and reopen those wounds himself – have started a whispering campaign about Gregg’s “evolution” […]

Commentary: Pence, Bosma and the self-created ties that bind them

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Commentary: Pence, Bosma and the self-created ties that bind them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When it became clear there was a chance a bill offering some sort-of, maybe, kind-of civil rights protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers might emerge from the Indiana Senate and head to the House of Representatives, House Speaker Brian Bosma had a quick response. “I have yet to […]

Commentary: A road back to reason

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Commentary: A road back to reason

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several things are intriguing about the debate Hoosier Republicans are having about how to fund repairs to Indiana’s decaying roads and bridges. The first is that the members of the GOP are having a debate. Republicans have advanced several plans to start the long and expensive work – the […]

Commentary: Barack Obama and the long goodbye

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Commentary: Barack Obama and the long goodbye

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – In less than a year, Barack Obama no longer will be president of the United States. For many Americans, that will be cause for rejoicing. Most conservatives in this country have seen Obama’s rise to power as little more than an abomination, an ongoing assault on all they […]

Commentary: Fear and the rustle of the restroom door

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Commentary: Fear and the rustle of the restroom door

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Sophocles said it best. “To him who is in fear everything rustles,” the ancient philosopher said. Fear forms a refrain in the second conversation about transgender citizens I’ve had in several days. This one is over the air, as I interview Myranda Warden of the Indiana Youth Group, among […]

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