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Commentary: Furry medicine for whatever ails us

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Commentary: Furry medicine for whatever ails us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Twain said it best. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog,” Twain wrote. Amen. I spend much of my time talking with and writing about politicians. Republicans or Democrats, most of them are likable enough people, even if they often treat the truth […]

Commentary: The Donald’s dream, picking a fight with children

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Commentary: The Donald’s dream, picking a fight with children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com 

Commentary: Putting truth in a cage

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Commentary: Putting truth in a cage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The mail I receive tells me an awful lot about what’s wrong with this country. Relatively few people send me a note or an email because they like something I’ve written. No, they write because they’re mad or because I’ve touched a nerve or because they want me to […]

Commentary: ‘On the Road,’ through a clear windshield

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Commentary: ‘On the Road,’ through a clear windshield

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Many, many years ago, the poet Allen Ginsberg taught me a lesson. He told me his fellow Beat Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” was misunderstood. It was in St. Louis in 1982. I was teaching a class on the Beats at Saint Louis University. Ginsberg had come to […]

Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, gerrymandering was a dark art. Ambitious and unscrupulous politicians looked for ways to draw legislative maps that gave their party an edge. Democrat or Republican, their goal was less to see elections reflect the will of the people than it was to gain and maintain […]

Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

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Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   The United States has imposed new sanctions on Venezuela because that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has slowly dismantled its already weak democratic institutions. Maduro is Fidel Castro-lite, undermining the legislative and judicial branches as he rewrites the nation’s constitution with a hand-picked, specially elected assembly. The Trump administration has […]

Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

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Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Forget about draining the swamp. This is more like burning down the house. As the high winds and water prepared to hammer Houston and other parts of Texas, President Donald Trump thought the moment was right to deliver a few blows of his own. He issued a presidential pardon […]

Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

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Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Soon, Donald Trump is going to emerge from a fight with the one person he can’t possibly beat. Himself. The longer Trump lingers in the Oval Office, the more his contradictions and self-destructive statements pile up, like discarded and unwashed laundry tossed into a corner until the untidy and […]

Commentary: Children, and the fleeing moments

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Commentary: Children, and the fleeing moments

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  DAVIDSON, North Carolina – Every step is a blur. My wife and I are moving our daughter, our first-born, into her college dormitory. The women in my life focus on unpacking and transforming this single room in an old building into a small home, while I devote my attention to tasks […]

Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

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Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   I loved movies when I was a child, no doubt in part because when my dad didn’t want to see a film at our local theater my mom would take me. That’s how I ended up in a darkened theater watching “The Cardinal” and wondering when those lovely red […]