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Commentary: Where the heart is

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Commentary: Where the heart is

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This holiday will be a quiet one. When our children were small, my wife and I would bundle them up for Thanksgiving. We often traveled east, starting out at either my sister’s place in upstate New York, where my birth family would gather, or in northwest Connecticut, where my […]

Commentary: A trap of their own making

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Commentary: A trap of their own making

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It almost seems as if Republicans across the country are determined to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. What other way is there to explain some of the positions they’ve staked out? The ongoing train wreck that is Judge Roy Moore’s U.S. Senate candidacy in Alabama puts his […]

Commentary: Gerrymandering affects the big issues of our day

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Commentary: Gerrymandering affects the big issues of our day

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com Gerrymandering matters. It is not an arcane word describing some confusing political exercise. Nor is it describing something that affects only politicians and their acolytes. It matters because it has a direct impact on the biggest news stories on the day – tax cuts, sexual harassment, health care, defense and […]

Commentary: Right, wrong and the women in our lives

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Commentary: Right, wrong and the women in our lives

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s wrong regardless of who does it. Groping a woman against her will or without her knowledge is wrong whether a Republican or a Democrat does it. The same goes for pressuring her to have sex if she doesn’t want to or trying to force oneself on her. It […]

Commentary: Still a fight for love and glory

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Commentary: Still a fight for love and glory

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The actress Lauren Bacall once affectionately called her husband Humphrey Bogart “the ugliest handsome man you’ve ever seen.” As I sit in a movie theater watching a special 75th anniversary screening of the Bogart classic “Casablanca,” I realize how apt Bacall’s description was. In many ways, Bogart was the […]

Commentary: Trump, Moore and their God-fearing enablers

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Commentary: Trump, Moore and their God-fearing enablers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. should run for public office. If they did, chances are they’d be able to avoid paying the price for their predatory sexual practices. They’d be able to skip away, consequence-free, like President Donald Trump and, possibly, Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate […]

Commentary: Roy Moore’s serial assaults on the rules … and decency

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Commentary: Roy Moore’s serial assaults on the rules … and decency

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – From the beginning of his political career, Alabama Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Judge Roy Moore made it clear that man’s laws just don’t apply to him. Moore made his fame as the “Ten Commandments” judge by trailing a replica of the decalogue around America as if it were a […]

Commentary: Telegram for the president

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Commentary: Telegram for the president

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Voters sent a message Tuesday. They sent it to President Donald Trump, who has frittered away his first 10 months in office engaging in one pointless and avoidable quarrel after another. And they sent it to the Republicans in Congress, in governors’ offices and in Statehouses across the land […]

Commentary: Death comes to the sanctuary

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Commentary: Death comes to the sanctuary

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He killed them in a place of worship as they sat in their pews and prayed to their God. Dressed in body armor as if he were in a war zone, he shot the young and the old, husbands, wives and children, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends. He […]

Commentary: Tragedy, in the most human terms

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Commentary: Tragedy, in the most human terms

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Life would be much easier if tragedy fit itself into tidy packages. Unfortunately, tragedy often is every bit as complicated and messy as life and death are. That’s the situation regarding the death of Aaron Bailey, the unarmed black man who was shot by two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department […]

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