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Commentary: Why discipline matters

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Commentary: Why discipline matters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans have plans. And Indiana Democrats have concerns. That was the big takeaway from interviews I did with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (a Republican), Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and House Democratic […]

Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

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Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WEST BRANCH, Iowa – The falling snow quiets everything. My wife and I tromp through the snow covering the Herbert Hoover presidential site. Our boots make little crunches as we walk. Winter storm warnings have prompted the National Park Service to close the white wooden buildings that recreate this little village […]

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Commentary: A flag emptied of meaning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, has peculiar notions of what patriotism and freedom mean. Smith has made national news. He’s proposed a state law that would require the Indianapolis Colts to issue refunds to any football fans upset if players take a knee during the playing of the national […]

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Commentary: Happy new year, Mr. President

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The easy part is over. What follows now is going to be hard – brutally hard. This, of course, is not what President Donald Trump seems to think, but this president works hard to keep facts or thoughtful analysis from intruding into his elaborately constructed fantasy world. Denial, it […]

Commentary: This shouldn’t be about the politicians

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Commentary: This shouldn’t be about the politicians

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Not long before Congress voted on the tax reform, I talked, over the air, with two former Rexnord employees. Rexnord, you may recall, had a plant in Indiana that made metal bearings. The company closed the plant in June, costing 300 Hoosiers their jobs. Most of those jobs moved […]

Commentary: One of the season’s great gifts

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Commentary: One of the season’s great gifts

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The carolers warbling in the main concourse of Indianapolis International Airport ring a distant bell. Dressed in period costumes, they sing: We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. A couple with small children […]

Commentary: The don’t-think-just-vote tax plan

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Commentary: The don’t-think-just-vote tax plan

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – They own this now. The hidden, hasty, chaotic and stumbling way President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress rammed through their grab-bag tax reform package means they will have no one to blame if their rosy promises for its successes aren’t fulfilled. The sloppiness of the effort […]

Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

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Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – That whirring sound you hear is the founding fathers spinning in their graves. The news that sent Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Ben Franklin and George Washington all awhirl came from President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Washington Post reports that HHS doesn’t want […]

Commentary: Todd Rokita’s Christmas courage

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Commentary: Todd Rokita’s Christmas courage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has decided to man the barricades in the war on Christmas. In a bold, bold move, Rokita, flanked by his family, summons up the courage to confront “the liberal elites” and champions of “political correctness” by wishing everyone a merry Christmas in a digital […]

Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

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Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore down in Alabama, Democrats picked up a seat in the U.S. Senate and Republicans dodged a bullet. Because the cheers from most Democrats and progressives were so loud, they drowned out the sighs of relief many Republicans and conservatives exhaled when Moore […]