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Commentary: President Trump’s excellent adventure

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Commentary: President Trump’s excellent adventure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of the G20 meetings, President Donald Trump’s critics now can stop complaining that he hasn’t accomplished anything. He actually has done quite a bit. He’s managed to make German Chancellor Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world. He’s succeeded in making Russian leader Vladimir […]

Commentary: Luke Kenley walks away

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Commentary: Luke Kenley walks away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Luke Kenley used to have this trick. The longtime Republican state senator from Noblesville and powerful chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee – who is retiring from his legislative duties – knew what people saw when they looked at him. A sturdy man with a thick neck who moved […]

Commentary: A native postage stamp of soil where the truth bloomed

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Commentary: A native postage stamp of soil where the truth bloomed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  OXFORD, Mississippi – America’s truth tellers have a hard go of it. I stand on the front porch of Rowan Oak, the home of America’s greatest writer, William Faulkner. The air is thick, the clouds heavy in the sky. A storm is coming. Faulkner lived in this small college town for […]

Commentary: Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

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Commentary: Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

By Tami Silverman Special to TheStatehouseFile.com While this summer’s road construction is a visual reminder that Indiana adopted a landmark road funding bill in the recent legislative session, it’s also worth noting that state lawmakers passed a host of new bills that pave the way for stronger and safer Hoosier kids. Several of this year’s […]

Commentary: George Washington, America and debts owed

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Commentary: George Washington, America and debts owed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – George Washington made strong men weep. We now think of the first president of the United States as an austere figure, a man of marble almost as cold and distant as the stone in the statues that honor him. But, in his lifetime, he inspired affection and respect among […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man just cannot help it. President Donald Trump’s escalation of his childish feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” demonstrates – once again – that the current leader of the free world has all the emotional maturity and discipline of a two-year-old […]

Commentary: Fourth of July break offers chance to question health care solutions

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Commentary: Fourth of July break offers chance to question health care solutions

By House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City Special to TheStatehouseFile.com  Any successful company cannot live without one thing. It demands employees who will show up on time, do things the way they were trained, and work hard until the day is done. Do tax rates matter for businesses? Sure, if you are already making […]

Commentary: Indiana’s real learning problem

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Commentary: Indiana’s real learning problem

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As I grow older, I become more and more convinced that zealots cause most of the trouble in the world. The unreasoning and uncompromising nature of their fervor gives them influence that is completely disproportionate to their numbers. Because their positions are grounded in faith – religious or ideological […]

Commentary: When leaders stay close to home

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Commentary: When leaders stay close to home

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The other day, while I was driving my son to baseball practice, I saw the mayor of Indianapolis walk out to check his mailbox. It was a pleasant day, so Joe Hogsett was dressed in a T-shirt and shorts. Maybe he’d been mowing the lawn before he grabbed the […]

Commentary: In a trap of their own making

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Commentary: In a trap of their own making

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even when they’re winning, Republicans can’t seem to win. In the same week that GOP stalwarts celebrated two special election congressional victories in South Carolina and Georgia, they quickly found themselves on the defensive for two reasons. The first was the unveiling of the health-care plan devised in secret […]