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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 […]

Commentary: Redistricting bill deserves a vote

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Commentary: Redistricting bill deserves a vote

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com When you look at the divide between Republicans and Democrats in Indiana General Assembly you would be right to assume our state is red. Not just any old red, but bright red, and about as red as you can get. Republicans hold the edge over Democrats 70-30 in the House. In […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

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Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence deserves better. The news dominating much of America at present involves former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Before President Donald Trump took office, Flynn, still a private citizen, apparently talked with the Russian ambassador about the sanctions Barack Obama imposed during the waning days of his presidency […]

Commentary: The selling of the Supreme Court 2017

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Commentary: The selling of the Supreme Court 2017

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com You have probably seen the television ads—a man on a journey from poor, hard-working youth to successful adult at the top of his professional. He’s a man of integrity, standing up for what’s right. He’s a family man with solid American values. Yes, who could possibly not want to see Neil […]

Commentary: Search for sense among the screaming

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Commentary: Search for sense among the screaming

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As usual, Troy Riggs talked sense. The former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police chief and public safety director and I chatted over the air about President Donald Trump’s troubled executive order banning immigrants from seven largely Muslim countries. Joining us were security expert Peter Beering and Butler University Prof. Marvin Scott, […]

Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

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Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s check the scorecard right now in the world of politics. The president of the United States now is on the edge of war with the nation’s judicial branch. His angry tweets about a federal judge and now an entire federal appellate court have prompted widespread criticism from, among […]

Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

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Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Billionaire Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education, just gave Vice President Mike Pence his Gloria Swanson/“Sunset Boulevard” moment: “America, I’m ready for my close-up.” Pence, a former governor and congressman from Indiana, cast the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm DeVos. Pence’s vote was the […]

Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

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Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a question: Why is it that the people who rant and rave the most about “political correctness” are the ones most upset when others criticize their positions? We have seen this curious dynamic play itself out in the past few days. The University of California at Berkeley had […]

Commentary: A bulwark slips away

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Commentary: A bulwark slips away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, I haunted the U.S. Senate. I was in Washington, D.C., working on a long profile of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and other stories about Indiana’s congressional delegation. It was 1992, a different era. This was well before the terrors of 9/11. Security in the nation’s capital […]

Commentary: In the land of America’s heart

Commentary: In the land of America’s heart

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Through the magic of social media, I got connected to an old friend from my high school days this week. She is a middle school English teacher in Jasper, Indiana and has been living there for nearly 30 years. Jasper is a small town not far from Vincennes, another small town […]