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Commentary: The real crime, in the NFL’s eyes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, drafting an openly gay player sure has brought shame to the National Football League, hasn’t it? These days, the NFL muckety-mucks may look upon the time when league officials were worried about whether coaches and players could deal with something – having a gay co-worker – other workplaces […]

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By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, drafting an openly gay player sure has brought shame to the National Football League, hasn’t it? These days, the NFL muckety-mucks may look upon the time when league officials were worried about whether coaches and players could deal with something – having a gay co-worker – other workplaces […]

Commentary: Evan Bayh and the lonely center

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Commentary: Evan Bayh and the lonely center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After months of speculation, Evan Bayh removed all doubt. The former Indiana governor and two-term U.S. senator released a statement just before the weekend saying that he wouldn’t be coming back to lead the state Democratic Party out of the wilderness one more time. “After serious consideration, I have […]

Commentary: The cost of fear

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Commentary: The cost of fear

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com The only thing we have to fear . . . is public policy arising from fear. In early September, the Indianapolis City-County Council voted 19-10 to increase local income taxes by 0.5 percent to fund up to 150 new police officers by 2018. It sailed through. Members of both parties voted […]

Commentary: What we have lost

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Commentary: What we have lost

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This time it was one of ours. A few days ago in Merrillville, two police officers – one of them a young man named Nick Schultz – responded to a complaint that a man who had been evicted from his condominium was trying to move himself back in. The […]

Commentary: Fight over gay marriage needs to go one more round

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Commentary: Fight over gay marriage needs to go one more round

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The long and increasingly senseless fight over gay marriage in Indiana is one step closer to being done. Three judges on a federal appeals bench ruled, 3-0, that bans in Indiana and Wisconsin against people of the same sex marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The ruling affirmed an earlier […]

Commentary: Ferguson and divisions, large and small

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Commentary: Ferguson and divisions, large and small

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com ST. LOUIS, Missouri – The signs are everywhere, in window shops and on lamp posts. “We are all Ferguson,” they read. The signs are meant to signify that St. Louis stands united in working through the problems and tensions resulting from an incident in which a white police officer shot and […]

Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Politicians and pundits have a name for the races going on this year. They call them “off-year” elections. That’s because the big executive branch offices – president of the United States and, here in Indiana, governor – won’t be on the ballot Nov. 4. Less money gets spent on […]

Commentary: Crummy wages and corporate welfare

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Commentary: Crummy wages and corporate welfare

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The biggest problem with contemporary American capitalism? It’s socialism. More specifically, as has been said by smarter observers than myself, today’s capitalism is free enterprise when it wants to make money unhindered by government regulation, and a tin-cup beggar when it wants to save money. Power. Those who wield it make […]

Commentary: Indiana needs a climate action plan

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Commentary: Indiana needs a climate action plan

By Jim Poyser TheStatehouseFile.com On June 11, a group of young people ages 18-23, stood before the Indiana Environmental Rules Board, and declared that Indiana needs a Climate Action Plan. This effort by Youth Power Indiana, a program of the statewide non-profit Earth Charter Indiana, is using a formal legal process by which ordinary citizens […]

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