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Commentary: Hearing more than background noise

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Commentary: Hearing more than background noise

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – It happened once again, this time in Ohio. Another troubled boy. Another school. Another gun. More deaths. More shattered lives. More tragedy. More grief. It’s impossible to know exactly why TJ Lane, 17, decided to start shooting in the cafeteria at the high school in Chardon. It’s […]

Commentary: Chamber wants accountability for all but its own jobs talk

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Commentary: Chamber wants accountability for all but its own jobs talk

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – If there is one word that has defined the business community’s political agenda for the past generation, it is “accountability.” Hoosier business leaders – and their lobbying arm, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce – seem to want accountability for everyone and everything. They want it for all […]

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Commentary: Lugar hasn’t changed, conservatism has

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a poll came out showing that Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and then Gov. Evan Bayh, a Democrat, ranked as the most admired figures in Indiana politics. A single percentage point separated them. They both had public approval ratings hovering around 70 percent. The poll […]

Commentary: Election rules might be just too complicated

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Commentary: Election rules might be just too complicated

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS Despite covering Indiana politics for 16 years, I’m no expert when it comes to ballot access and campaign finance. I’ve written stories about both. But each time I have to remind myself of the rules and laws that govern what can be an extremely complicated process. This year, […]

Commentary: No winners in Charlie White saga

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Commentary: No winners in Charlie White saga

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – At the Gridiron Dinner Wednesday night, a group of lobbyists who called themselves the Statehouse Steps sang a funny song about former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White. Well, at least it should have been funny. The lyrics were witty and the performance was great, but the […]

Commentary: The Morris key to finding hidden threats

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Commentary: The Morris key to finding hidden threats

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone wants to make fun of Indiana Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, for voting against honoring the Girl Scouts on the 100th anniversary of their founding. That’s not fair. We could learn a lot from Rep. Morris. He sees things that the rest of us just miss. […]

Commentary: Mercantilism II … Where is the win-win?

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Commentary: Mercantilism II … Where is the win-win?

By Matthew Hisrich Indiana Policy Review This is the second of two articles addressing various government-driven strategies using incentives and disincentives in attempts to enrich a particular city or region. The first article ran on Monday. Tax abatements and incentives for business investment are often portrayed as “win-win” tools for local government. The anecdotal support […]

Commentary: Controlling the debate

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Commentary: Controlling the debate

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. The portrait of the conservative game plan that has begun to come together isn’t exactly a picture of self-government at its finest. Consider the news from the Indiana General Assembly last week.  Word slipped out that Eric […]

Commentary: Mercantilism I … Is it local? Is it logical?

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Commentary: Mercantilism I … Is it local? Is it logical?

By Maryann O. Keating Indiana Policy Review This is one of two Indiana Policy Review articles addressing various government-driven strategies using incentives and disincentives in attempts to enrich a particular region. Look for Part 2 on Tuesday. In Northern Indiana, a few things remain for which politicians cannot claim credit: amber waves of grain in […]

Commentary: Partisanship drives some lawmakers back home

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Commentary: Partisanship drives some lawmakers back home

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The news that many members of the Indiana House of Representatives won’t run for re-election made me think of my grandfather and a friend of his. The House first. Now that the filing deadline has passed, we know that 19 members of the House – nearly 20 […]