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Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

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Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Some citizens from the Fifth Congressional District recently dropped in on their representative, Susan Brooks, at her Carmel office to talk with her about what’s been happening in Washington. Brooks, who is serving her third term in Congress, wasn’t there, but her staff divided them into two groups and listened to […]

Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

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Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – People sometimes ask me how I know when a politician is lying. Sometimes, the signs are specific to the individual. One elected official I know who, in all other circumstances, is a look-them-straight-in-the-eyes guy always averts his gaze when he’s about to fib. Another starts to stammer when it’s […]

Commentary: What goes around…..

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Commentary: What goes around…..

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a joke bouncing through political circles these days that goes like this: “A Democrat says to a Republican, ‘You warned me that if I voted for Hillary Clinton we’d have a president in office with questionable ties to foreign governments, a political culture consumed by one scandal after […]

Commentary: Trump vs. Trump, on the big stage

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Commentary: Trump vs. Trump, on the big stage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump Tuesday night engaged in a debate. With himself. The contradictions in both the president’s rhetoric and his approach to governing were there from the beginning of the speech. He started, somewhat oddly, by conflating the last day of Black History […]

Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

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Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Moments after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his campaign to become Democratic National Committee chair, the Indiana Republican Party let loose with an email blast. Under the headline “WANTED,” it read: “The Indiana Republican Party is seeking a job focused, purposeful conservative from South Bend who will put […]

Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

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Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Trump administration says its decision to roll back rights for transgender Americans is based on principle. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say they are taking a stand for “states’ rights.” Throughout American history, that’s generally what bigots have said when they […]

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Commentary: Indiana at the center of Supreme Court campaign

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — I invite you to take a little trip with me through the byzantine world of campaign finance as it is now playing out in Indiana. This trip starts at the Indiana Statehouse where, on Wednesday, Attorney General Curtis Hill held a press conference urging the state’s two senators to […]

Commentary: Either way, a waste of time and money

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Commentary: Either way, a waste of time and money

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So many people want to edit the Founding Fathers. They seem to think that they could have done a better job with the Constitution of the United States than those bozos James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin and George Washington did. Perhaps this need to revise America’s founding document […]

Commentary: Close to America’s divided heart

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Commentary: Close to America’s divided heart

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WOOSTER, Ohio – It’s a quiet night here in the cradle of the presidents. That’s what Ohio used to be called. Between 1868 and 1920 – years when America made the slow, unsteady march from the cataclysm of the Civil War to an emergence as an industrial, economic and political power […]

Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

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Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History has a sense of irony. Given enough time, members of both major political parties will embrace positions and roles that would have been anathema to their predecessors. Republicans and Democrats find it easy – so easy – to switch places without ever switching jerseys. These days, most Americans […]