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Commentary: War against pot isn’t working

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Commentary: War against pot isn’t working

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana seems to be experiencing a fresh outbreak of reefer madness. And it may be just the time for it. The most recent symptom came when the head of the Indiana State Police testified before members of the State Budget Committee. State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell […]

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Commentary: Is Indiana going to pot?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org Full disclosure: Back in my younger days I actually tried marijuana. I was in my Ernest Hemingway, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alex Haley phase and was going to write the next great American novel. I figured marijuana would loosen me up a bit and help with my creativity. To be honest, it […]

Commentary: Indiana athletics at its peak?

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Commentary: Indiana athletics at its peak?

By Chase Howell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Just a few days ago, surrounded by friends and family clad in blue and gold, I threw my hands in the air after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated USC and secured their place in the BCS National Championship. Ranked first in the nation with a Heisman hopeful in […]

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Commentary: Susan Rice invited contempt she’s now experiencing

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Susan Rice came to Indiana a few years ago, she had not yet become the club that Republicans in the U.S. Senate now use to beat President Barack Obama with over perceived foreign policy failings. She wasn’t in the running then to be the next U.S. secretary of […]

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Commentary: Politicians should take note of Mitch Daniels’ authentic apology

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Even as his tenure as Indiana’s governor winds down, Gov. Mitch Daniels finds ways to surprise people – and in a good way. A few days ago, Daniels accomplished a feat that is rare in modern politics. He apologized for something he’d said. And he did it the right […]

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Commentary: Indiana is running out of suckers

By Leo Morris Special from the Indiana Policy Review State Senate President Pro Tem David Long is warning Hoosiers of the wanton savagery likely to be visited upon us by the vicious residents of adjacent states. “There is an all-out assault on the system that Indiana has implemented, which was to take other people’s money,” […]

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Commentary: Same-sex marriage fight misses larger point about family

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana stands poised to enter into the final rounds of what could be a truly tragic fight over same-sex marriage. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly approved an amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex legal unions. The process for approving constitutional amendments requires the legislature to […]

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Commentary: Still vouching for vouchers

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org If a local church in your community were to catch fire, should your local fire department let it burn to the ground? If a local priest, minister or rabbi were being robbed, should the cops just drive by and tell him he’s out of luck? Or should the government make it […]

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels’ strength can also be a weakness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With one off-the-cuff remark, outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels reminded everyone why so many Hoosiers are going to miss him when he leaves office. And why quite a few are going to be glad to see him go. Speaking at the opening of the stretch of I-69 that eventually […]

Commentary: Everyone who cares about kids needs a seat at education table

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Commentary: Everyone who cares about kids needs a seat at education table

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The calls keep coming. Indiana’s teachers aren’t happy. On Election Day – with the help of parents and other Hoosiers – they knocked off the state’s education czar, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, with an unknown and underfunded Democratic candidate, Glenda Ritz. Teachers thought they’d changed the dynamic […]