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Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

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Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the tragicomedy that is the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly stumbles and pratfalls its way to an end, one conclusion can be drawn. Many Indiana villages must be missing their idiots, because they sent them to the state legislature. The latest example of peculiar thought – […]

Commentary: Mike Pence, without a parachute

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Commentary: Mike Pence, without a parachute

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When people fall as hard and as fast as Mike Pence has, they generally like to have something – a parachute or a bungee cord – to slow or stop their descent. Indiana’s governor doesn’t seem to have either at his disposal. Two polls released in the past few […]

Commentary: The real fix for Indiana’s image problem

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Commentary: The real fix for Indiana’s image problem

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the news broke that the state of Indiana has hired an out-of-state public relations firm to repair its “battered” image, the politest response was a guffaw. The voices on social media, in particular, were derisive. “You can’t fix stupid,” one noted communications professional posted on Facebook. The state’s […]

Commentary: Indiana’s education circus

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Commentary: Indiana’s education circus

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education has turned into a circus, with two snarling opponents vying to step into the center ring and take over the show. Right now, Democratic State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is technically the board’s ringmaster. She was elected in 2012, which at the time meant […]

Commentary: Grandma’s coming, grab your guns

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Commentary: Grandma’s coming, grab your guns

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The big shot at the National Rifle Association says electing Hillary Clinton will bring about an apocalypse. “Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people to endure,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, told the […]

Commentary: Requiem for a man who made music on the page

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Commentary: Requiem for a man who made music on the page

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The man could make words dance. Ivan Doig died Thursday morning at his home in Seattle after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 75. He was the author of 16 books and had become, following the death of Wallace Stegner, “the dean of Western literature.” I first […]

Commentary: The Civil War, a trial by fire that doesn’t end

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Commentary: The Civil War, a trial by fire that doesn’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A century and a half ago, sorrow hovered over the land like a fog of mourning. The last days of the Civil War brought soakings of fresh trauma to Americans who already had been drenched in horror and despair. It was and remains the bloodiest civil war in human […]

Commentary: Indiana, through the eyes of others

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Commentary: Indiana, through the eyes of others

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com VICTORIA, British Columbia – Indiana’s troubles travel even to distant harbors. I’m sitting in a sea kayak near Victoria, paddle in hand, waiting for some larger boats to pass so we can cross a small strait. To pass the time, our guide – an amiable young native of British Columbia named […]

Commentary: Travel and some rules for the road

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Commentary: Travel and some rules for the road

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Want to escape the politics of Indiana? Here are basic rules. First, decide whether you are a tourist or a traveler. Considered simplistically, tourists see sites, travelers meet people. Next, plan according to this formula. For a trip of one week or less, double the time. One week or more, half […]

Commentary: Bill Hudnut and the power of community

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Commentary: Bill Hudnut and the power of community

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Long ago, as we chatted in the back of a van between stops in his doomed campaign to become Indiana secretary of state, then Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut called up a quote from memory. “The birth of a child,” Hudnut said in his inimitable full-throated voice, “is God’s vote […]

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