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Commentary: The Donald gets schooled

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Commentary: The Donald gets schooled

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers everywhere will be thanking Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump after Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, showed why it pays to do homework. And Trump, the Republican standard-bearer, demonstrated how costly it can be to skip studying. That really was the take-away from […]

Commentary: When we walked in fields of gold….

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Commentary: When we walked in fields of gold….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com WEST CORNWALL, Connecticut – We stand in a circle in a field of ankle-high grass, an urn filled with ashes at our feet and tell stories about a man we love. Linked by blood and marriage, we’re saying goodbye to George, who was father, grandfather, brother and father-in-law. The tears flow […]

Commentary: A debate the voters lost

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Commentary: A debate the voters lost

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Libertarian congressional candidate Russell Brooksbank says he knows why his Republican opponent, Trey Hollingsworth, won’t debate him. It isn’t because of Brooksbank’s Sept. 16 arrest following an altercation with a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky. Hollingsworth’s “afraid to answer one simple question: What’s his last known address?” says Brooksbank. […]

Commentary: How the grown-ups live

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Commentary: How the grown-ups live

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A few days ago, a couple of colleagues and I had a meeting. We had some problems to solve. Those problems involved money, which often can ratchet up the tension level. The three of us sat at a table. The two of them talked about what they wanted. I […]

Commentary: Tough talk and tragic consequences

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Commentary: Tough talk and tragic consequences

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s my prayer: Lord, please save us from self-proclaimed tough guys. Just 40 minutes after an explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan Saturday night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump decided it was time to go all hairy-chested. He told supporters Saturday night in Colorado that “a bomb went […]

Commentary: Scoping the Clinton-Trump fights

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Commentary: Scoping the Clinton-Trump fights

By George Melloan TheStatehouseFile.com Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both say that they are “fighting” for the best interests of average Americans. Next Monday night, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, the two will climb into the ring and,  as candidates for the presidency, “fight” each other. Millions of American will be tuned in […]

Commentary: In this corner…..

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Commentary: In this corner…..

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Most election years, presidential debates are a bit like the soap bubbles children play with. They shimmer for a time and catch the eye. But then they pop, and everyone’s attention moves onto the next bubble, the next distraction. At least part of the reason is that, for all […]

Commentary: A ‘deplorable’ insult

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Commentary: A ‘deplorable’ insult

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The contempt some politicians have for the intelligence of the voters is just breathtaking. Consider a press release the Indiana Republican Party issued a few days ago. The release castigated the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat, former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, for “allowing” the Ku Klux Klan […]

Commentary: Clinton, Trump and a healthy skepticism

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Commentary: Clinton, Trump and a healthy skepticism

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s wobbly departure from 9/11 commemorative ceremonies is a big deal, but not for the reasons her opponents think. Her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, and his amen chorus have started a stage-whispering campaign that Clinton’s health is bad and used the occasion to turn up […]

Commentary: Truth in an age of unquestioning belief

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Commentary: Truth in an age of unquestioning belief

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Now we know who the first really big loser in the 2016 presidential campaign is. Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show. Lauer served as host for a “Commander-in-Chief Forum” with presidential nominees Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and Donald Trump, a (for now) Republican. The reviews of Lauer’s performance […]

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