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Commentary: Dan Coats walks away

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Commentary: Dan Coats walks away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Dan Coats bristled. It was nearly a quarter century ago, and we were sitting in his U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C. Coats was running for re-election to defend the seat he’d been appointed to and then held in a hard-fought special election two years earlier. The newspaper where […]

Commentary: Indiana, a state that works? Hardly

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Commentary: Indiana, a state that works? Hardly

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives pushed through their so-called religious freedom restoration bill, Gov. Mike Pence couldn’t wait to congratulate lawmakers on a job well done. Critics, including many major businesses, say Senate Bill 101, which allows business owners to refuse to provide goods or services […]

Commentary: Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and yesterday’s news

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Commentary: Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and yesterday’s news

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If polls can be trusted – admittedly, a big “if” – Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton likely will be the Republican and Democratic nominees for president in 2016. That prospect fills me with fatigue and dread. Let’s talk about the weariness they inspire first. This Bush and this Clinton […]

Commentary: Unholy arguments and religious freedom

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Commentary: Unholy arguments and religious freedom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather, a conservative Republican, had a useful saying. “If you’re going to do something, you ought to be able to look at if after you’ve done it. If you can’t look at it, you shouldn’t be doing it.” I thought about Grandpa’s words as I listened to the […]

Commentary: Reefer and RFRA

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Commentary: Reefer and RFRA

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I don’t smoke marijuana because it dulls my hatred of people and I have never been a very deeply religious person. My philosophy is that I believe in God and God believes in me and that’s about it. However, with lawmakers set to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), I […]

Commentary: Hoosier veterans and the fight to be heard

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Commentary: Hoosier veterans and the fight to be heard

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Midway through our on-air conversation about the way Indiana state government treats veterans, retired Lt. Col. Ron Martin cuts through it. Gov. Mike Pence and the members of the Indiana General Assembly, Martin says, “love to give veterans pats on the back.” He cites a ceremony in which, in […]

Commentary: Price tags for pandering

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Commentary: Price tags for pandering

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, the members of the Indiana General Assembly set themselves a task. They wanted to approve a measure that would allow the state of Indiana to post the Ten Commandments on the Statehouse lawn. Many, perhaps even most, of the legislators knew it was a foolish quest. Courts […]

Commentary: Sex scandals and glass houses

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Commentary: Sex scandals and glass houses

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s difficult to say whether Indiana state lawmaker Justin Moed’s involvement in a sexting scandal is silly or shabby. TheDirty.com – the name says it all, doesn’t it? – reported that Moed, a Democratic state representative from Indianapolis, had sent explicit messages to Sydney Leathers, the Evansville student and […]

Commentary: Transparency and reality

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Commentary: Transparency and reality

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com “Transparency” or lack thereof, is a lever of opponents. “Public scrutiny” is a plausible impossibility, a tool of critics, an impossible dream that is practical only through extraordinary labor of interested citizens. Scrutiny is time consuming because contract language is detailed, complicated and long. Even journalists find contracts daunting and difficult […]

Commentary: Barack Obama, Senate Republicans and cartoon foreign policy

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Commentary: Barack Obama, Senate Republicans and cartoon foreign policy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, this is the way Republicans in the Congress choose to show Americans they’re ready to lead. First, they ask a foreign leader – without clearing it with the White House – to address them and dictate America’s foreign policy to our legislative body. Then 47 Republican U.S. senators […]

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