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Commentary: GOP extends Donnelly a lifeline

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Commentary: GOP extends Donnelly a lifeline

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No matter how determined U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, seems to be to alienate his base and lose next year’s election for his seat, it appears his Republican opponents are just as determined to find ways to keep him in the race. Maybe even more so. A few weeks […]

Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

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Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com The Bill of Rights surely ranks as one of the most difficult documents for us, as Americans, to contend with. There’s enough in that list of 10 rights to make each of us a little uncomfortable, depending on your political persuasion. Me? I get hung up on the Second Amendment. I […]

Commentary: Trumpcare, an abdication of responsibility and duty

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Commentary: Trumpcare, an abdication of responsibility and duty

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have a problem with two words that begin with M. Morality and math. The vote in the House Thursday on a new health care plan – aka Trumpcare – illustrates their moral challenges. The new plan lets a […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chauffeured in a golf cart, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, rolls through and past mountains of food stacked on shelves. I stride along behind, beside and sometimes ahead of Lugar, 85, as he takes a tour of Gleaners, a huge food bank on the southwest side of Indianapolis. […]

Commentary: History as a next-door neighbor

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Commentary: History as a next-door neighbor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows looks like a real person, not a moment in history. A trim woman with a warm, easy smile, she and I talk over the air just two days – only hours, really – before she’s to be ordained as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, […]

Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

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Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and the locked gate

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the locked gate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – She was a grand dame, a refined Southern blueblood, and she knew it. She believed in the prerogatives of class – felt, to her core, that the circumstances of her birth entitled her to certain privileges, a social standing elevated above that of others. I met her during the […]

Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Jefferson said it best. “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it,” Jefferson wrote to […]

Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s legislators managed to make it through this session of the Indiana General Assembly without putting Hoosiers at each others’ throats or turning the state into a national joke. This is progress. The 2017 legislative session has been a quiet one. There haven’t been any mass protests that […]

Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I don’t know of any woman who hasn’t been subjected to some form of sexual harassment or discrimination. Maybe she was accosted by a gaggle of middle-aged men at a swimming pool, grabbed by the crotch in the kitchen where she had her first job, or propositioned at the police station […]