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Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

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Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The self-proclaimed education reform movement in Indiana may have hit a tipping point in the past few days. In fact, several moves the state’s political and educational leaders took in a short period of time bring the contradictions within the movement into clear focus. For example, House Speaker Brian […]

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Guest column: Pence says pre-K must come without ‘federal intrusion’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Earlier this year our state made history by approving the first state-funded, pre-kindergarten grant program for low-income families in Indiana. The General Assembly enacted bipartisan legislation to launch a five-county pilot the Indiana way, with $10 million in state funds combined with matching funds from each county. Along with local […]

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Commentary: Malala, Nabila and the face of struggle

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com How do you solve the problem with Malala? How do you begin to pay adequate homage to this tiny pillar of prophetic courage while retaining the necessary reservations about celebrity politics and skepticism toward the Nobel establishment, the U.S. government, and their bundle of motives? You might consider Nabila. Nabila Rehman […]

Commentary: Ain’t that America?

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Commentary: Ain’t that America?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – One by one, the three candidates who seek to represent much of southern and central Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives troop to the stage. Democrat Bill Bailey, Libertarian Mike Frey and Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, have come to Franklin College’s campus to talk politics and public […]

Commentary: In defense of Zoeller

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Commentary: In defense of Zoeller

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has caught a lot of grief over the last few months for  defending Indiana’s marriage statute. Because he defended the statute that defined marriage as one man and one woman, some people think he was opposed to same-sex marriage. I’ve seen social media posts where Zoeller […]

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Commentary: Politicos turn to fear to motivate voters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ghost of Richard Nixon stalks this election. One of Nixon’s enduring legacies is the lesson, taught to him by his political mentor Murray Chotiner, that fear motivates voters more effectively than any other emotion. Make people scared, Tricky Dick understood, and you can drive them to the polls […]

Commentary: Supremes pass, justice wins

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Commentary: Supremes pass, justice wins

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com What do you call a court action, or non-action, that makes a whole bunch of people deliriously happy, leaves a great many others pleased or indifferent, and incenses a substantial minority who come away unharmed? How about a home run? I can’t help noticing, as I tap out this essay in […]

Commentary: Same-sex marriage, sunrise, sunset

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Commentary: Same-sex marriage, sunrise, sunset

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The sun rose Tuesday morning, just as it did Monday morning and the morning before that. Just like it has every other day. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider appeals from several states, including Indiana, to overturn appeals court decisions striking down those states’ bans on […]

Commentary: Running for office, running from responsibility

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Commentary: Running for office, running from responsibility

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The members of Congress are back in their districts and states this month, running hard for re-election. Half a world away, there’s a problem those members are concerned about. A jihadist group labeled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – sometimes also known as the Islamic State […]

Commentary: A time for courtesy

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Commentary: A time for courtesy

By Bob Garton TheStatehouseFile.com The first five letters in civilization give meaning and substance to the word. Those letters are critical in defining civilization. Being civil or practicing civility is critically important because it is the foundation on which civilization is built. Today, civility seems to be a lost art, particularly among elected officials. In […]

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