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Commentary: Out of season, out of school

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Commentary: Out of season, out of school

Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com So I’m watching the TV news the other day (don’t ask), sitting through at least four appearances in the half hour by a chirpy weathercaster assuring me it is going to be nice the following day, and it strikes me how much these people have in common with the contemporary breed of […]

Commentary: Both sides of gun debate make valid arguments

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Commentary: Both sides of gun debate make valid arguments

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe there is common ground in the national debate over guns. Guy Relford and Steve Dunlop are discussing guns, gun violence and gun rights. Relford, an attorney who specializes in Second Amendment issues, and Dunlop, president of  Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence, talk on the air during a live […]

Commentary: Reflections of an Affirmative Action baby

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Commentary: Reflections of an Affirmative Action baby

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  I took the title of this column from the name of a book written by Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter. It was published in 1992, during my last year as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. In it he talks about being the beneficiary of affirmative action, but also being […]

Commentary: Education standards, gutter balls and gold medals

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Commentary: Education standards, gutter balls and gold medals

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a great way to improve America’s chances to win the 100-meter dash in the next Olympics. Let’s have all the sprinters in the United States run in races. Let’s have a lot of the races be different lengths – make some 100 meters, others 90 meters and still […]

Commentary: Who are paying their ‘fair share?’

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Commentary: Who are paying their ‘fair share?’

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Well, the April 15 dreaded deadline has come and gone. The Lovely Mrs. Shabazz and I have written our checks to the federal government and various states that tell us we owe them money for our portion of the government. And once again it’s time for me to reflect on that […]

Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

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Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man’s face just radiated hate. Twenty years ago, I covered a rally of white supremacists that took place at the Indiana Statehouse. Those were heady days for hate groups. Klan leader David Duke had won national attention with a too-close-for-comfort gubernatorial campaign in Louisiana – he finished second […]

Commentary: The fight just to be a family

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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge in southwest Indiana just dropped the other shoe in the same-sex marriage debate. Judge Richard Young ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize the marriage of an Indiana lesbian couple. Nicole Quasney and Amy Sandler wed in Massachusetts last year. Quasney now is in the […]

Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

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Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Normally I don’t use this space to write about Indianapolis-centric topics. However, with the recent spate of murders in the capital city, I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt to let you folks farther out know what the heck has been going on here, lest you believe you the largest city in […]

Commentary: Giving big names to those who lived small

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Commentary: Giving big names to those who lived small

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com I see where the conglomerate that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken is waging a social media campaign to have the new I-65 bridge between Jeffersonville and Louisville named for the late Col. Harland Sanders, father of the finger-lickin’ fast-food staple. Just shows you money talks. So does another suggestion, from a Kentucky […]

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Commentary: Teachers are only part of the equation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some things are just hard to measure. That’s the real message of the teacher evaluations the Indiana Department of Education released Monday. Those evaluations rated more than 25 percent of Hoosier teachers as highly effective and another 61 percent as effective. Less than half a percent of those evaluated […]

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