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Commentary: A swim in the lake of doubt

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NEW YORK – Night shrouds the water. As I walk down the small rise from the lake house where my wife, children and an assortment of other relatives and friends wind down after a robust dinner to the dock, the sky is a collection of deep blues, inky […]

Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

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Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The latest dispute regarding Planned Parenthood illustrates much of what is wrong with American politics. For those who haven’t followed the story, an activist with a long history of opposing reproductive rights made several visits to Planned Parenthood offices. He filmed several of the exchanges he had with Planned […]

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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 […]

Commentary: Harper Lee comes home again

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Commentary: Harper Lee comes home again

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Harper Lee’s freshly published novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” reads like a postcard from the past. The book has generated a lot of controversy. Many Harper Lee fans see the novel as a travesty – an attempt by greedy handlers and publishers to take advantage of an author in […]

Commentary: All we are saying….

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Commentary: All we are saying….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The late U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs, D-Indiana, had a name for politicians who loved the idea of Americans fighting in wars without ever going themselves. “Chicken hawks,” he called them. Andy’s reluctance to send young Americans off to kill or be killed confused people. (I call him Andy because […]

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Commentary: Polishing the Peace Prize

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Political campaigns are tough in many ways. One general problem with them is that candidates desperately need to do or say things that will generate interest or attention in their campaigns. But if they win, they immediately have to transition from being an entertainer to being a statesman. Two words that should strike […]

Commentary: A long, tired road to now

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Commentary: A long, tired road to now

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, almost snorted his answer. I’d asked Young about the partisan rancor in Washington. I’d prefaced the question by saying that, even though there still was a lot of backbiting going on, the vitriol and sheer nastiness that divided and paralyzed the federal government for […]

Commentary: Martyrs on the cheap

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Commentary: Martyrs on the cheap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Social conservatives seem to have a new set of folk heroes. They’re applauding the county clerks and other public officials who, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay unions in all 50 states, refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The defiant clerks say condoning gay marriage […]

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Commentary: Stars, bars and silliness

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org For reasons that should seem pretty obvious, I have never been a big fan of the Confederate flag. And after last month’s massacre in Charleston, SC, I am even less of fan. Now before we go any further, let me make it clear: I do not think the Confederate flag should […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and one born every minute

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Commentary: Donald Trump and one born every minute

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a pity P.T. Barnum lived too long ago to watch Donald Trump in action. Barnum would have recognized the creatively coiffed billionaire running for president as a kindred spirit. One of Barnum’s business rivals as a 19th-century showman and impresario explained the man’s success in succinct terms. “There’s […]

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