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Commentary: Women have come far in politics but still have ways to go

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recalled a time just after she had been elected to the Indiana Senate. She represented a Senate district in Southern Indiana. At some town hall meetings and other gatherings in the district, she found herself joined on stage by five other state senators […]

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Commentary: State’s strong balance sheet means different policy choices

By John Ketzenberger The Statehouse File Indiana closed its books Thursday on fiscal year 2012 and there were smiles all around. That’s easy to understand when you consider the news: Indiana’s structural surplus — the amount of revenue exceeding ongoing expenses — is about $500 million. Overall reserves topped $2.15 billion. It has been a […]

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Commentary: Chamber wins special interest battle with ISTA

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s two most powerful special interest groups just flexed their muscles. And they showed why one likely will remain a force to be feared for years to come – and the other likely won’t. For decades, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana State Teachers Association […]

Commentary: Does Daniels have an ethical dilemma?

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Commentary: Does Daniels have an ethical dilemma?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  There has been a lot of chatter lately as to whether Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is engaging in questionable ethical behavior by taking the position as president of Purdue University. Some have questioned whether the Board of Trustees should have voted on his appointment as many of them were Daniels appointees […]

Commentary: Voters need better debates

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Commentary: Voters need better debates

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Debate Commission announced a few days ago that the three candidates to be Indiana’s next governor – Democrat John Gregg, Libertarian Rupert Boneham and Republican Mike Pence – have agreed to debate three times this fall. Each part of Indiana – north, central and south […]

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Commentary: Goodbye Hoosier exceptionalism

By Craig Ladwig The Indiana Policy Review Up until 15 years ago Indiana had something special. It was the single-class state basketball championship. But Hoosiers, despite the iconic movie, never understood what was so special. So they lost it. Last week, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), announced that the public and the experts […]

News flash: Politicians are people

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News flash: Politicians are people

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – In a bad moment, Mike Pence, the Republican candidate for governor, said something dumb – then, almost immediately, regretted it and apologized. Even so, Pence’s Democratic opponent, John Gregg, pounced. And politicians wonder why so many people hate politics. First, some background. Last month, right after the […]

Indiana can’t afford Affordable Care Act

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Indiana can’t afford Affordable Care Act

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  Although I’m an attorney, I try to pay attention to the trends and issues in other professions.  With the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act, i.e. ‘Obamacare,’ my attention to late has been in the area of medicine. I was looking at the Hippocratic Oath the other day and came […]

Commentary: Health ruling has something for everyone to like

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Commentary: Health ruling has something for everyone to like

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s hope U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has an unlisted number. Even if he does, my guess is that Roberts’ ears are going to burn for the next few days, months or years. By providing the swing vote and writing the majority opinion in the […]

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Commentary: Dress politicians up like NASCAR drivers with sponsors on their sleeves

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has been busy. In addition to gutting most of Arizona’s – and Indiana’s – anti-immigration laws, the nation’s highest court nailed the door to the coffin shut on any meaningful campaign finance regulation by extending its 2010 Citizens United ruling to state and […]