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Commentary: Mike Pence and a reason to play the game

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Commentary: Mike Pence and a reason to play the game

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Now that each passing day seems to make clear that Mike Pence’s future as a presidential candidate may be behind him, Hoosier conservatives have started pounding drums for his re-election as Indiana’s governor. The most tepid of them say he’s in a strong position. The most vociferous claim he’s […]

Commentary: Theodore Hesburgh, rest in peace

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Commentary: Theodore Hesburgh, rest in peace

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Father Theodore Hesburgh had a gaze. Maybe it was the man’s heavy eyebrows. Maybe it was his deep-set eyes. Maybe it was just the force of a man who had a gift for making himself seem larger than his physical body. I met Father Ted, as several generations of […]

Commentary: The Sunday sales sucker punch

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Commentary: The Sunday sales sucker punch

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have to give the liquor stores credit. They pulled one of the best political sucker punches that I have ever seen. And I’m from Illinois. As you are aware by now, a bill that would have allowed for retail Sunday alcohol sales never made it to the full floor in […]

Commentary: Right to farm’s rough harvest

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Commentary: Right to farm’s rough harvest

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Just a couple of hours after a controversial right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution had been plowed under in the Indiana Senate, two people who fought hard on the issue slip behind the microphones to talk about the battle. Craig Curry is the Indiana government relations and public liaison […]

Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

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Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —   At a Saturday morning meeting sponsored by his local chamber of commerce, Indiana Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, launched this missile at the Indiana State Teachers Association. “The world would be a better place without the ISTA,” Culver said, according to some fine reporting by The Goshen News. At […]

Commentary: The American Dream in reverse

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Commentary: The American Dream in reverse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Together, Derek Thomas and Carol Rogers paint a picture that is disturbing, even scary. Thomas is the senior policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families. Rogers is the deputy director and chief information officer for the Indiana Business Research Center. The three of us are on the […]

Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

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Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, the Indiana Department of Education was a great place to go to take a good long nap. For 16 years, Republican Suellen Reed served as the state’s superintendent of public instruction. She got along with people. She worked with Democratic governors. She worked with Republican […]

Commentary: Race and the history we cannot just wish away

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Commentary: Race and the history we cannot just wish away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The caller disagreed. I was on the air live with Indiana writer Janet Cheatham Bell, author of “Not All Poor People Are Black and other things we need to think more about” and a series of books of famous black quotations. Bell, who is also the mother of comedian […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz at the center of the storm

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz at the center of the storm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Glenda Ritz doesn’t look like a woman who provokes outrage. A petite woman with an open face, Indiana’s embattled superintendent of public instruction answers questions with the grace of a veteran during an hour-long conversation on the radio show I host. She even smiles during a lot of it. […]

Commentary: Our leaders: Like it or lump it

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Commentary: Our leaders: Like it or lump it

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com I guess all we can ask at this point from the Statehouse Republican junta, and the “journalists” who carry their message, is some honesty. Just say it: “Religious freedom” legislation, coming on the heels of the victory for marriage equality, is meant, not to protect minorities, but to oppress them. Tax […]

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