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Commentary: Senate debate is a little sleepy

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Commentary: Senate debate is a little sleepy

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A celebration of sheer charisma, it wasn’t. Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock debated in their grudge match for the state’s Senate nomination. Other than providing a valuable service to insomniacs everywhere, the debate didn’t accomplish much. Neither candidate did much […]

Commentary: A tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, five years after his death

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Commentary: A tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, five years after his death

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – During a phone conversation not long before he died, I asked Kurt Vonnegut how he was doing. “I don’t like being this damn old,” Kurt said. Foolishly, I offered up a cliché in response and told him that it was better than the alternative. “I don’t know,” […]

Commentary: Indiana’s shortfalls and windfalls

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Commentary: Indiana’s shortfalls and windfalls

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Let me start this by saying this: The state’s discovery of more than $200 million in undistributed local option income taxes last week is a little embarrassing. But it is not the end of the world In fact, if you look at it from a bigger picture, it’s actually a positive. […]

Commentary: Questions of presidential legitimacy are new trend

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Commentary: Questions of presidential legitimacy are new trend

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Clinton wasn’t president yet when he plopped down next to me in the back seat of the Secret Service limousine, but he was on his way. It was 20 years ago. Clinton had come to campaign in the Indiana presidential primary. After getting pounded early on […]

Commentary: Will Stutzman voters decide the 2012 Senate primary?

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Commentary: Will Stutzman voters decide the 2012 Senate primary?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org INDIANAPOLIS – With a little more than a month to go before the U.S. Senate primary in Indiana, here’s one question to throw into the discussion: Will the Hoosiers who voted for Marlin Stutzman back in the 2010 Senate primary be the voters who decide whether Richard Lugar or Richard Mourdock […]

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Commentary: Single class basketball speaks to the heart, multi-classes to the head

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – America, the cliché goes, keeps refighting the Civil War. And, closer to home, here in Indiana, we keep rearguing class basketball. Over the next two months, the Indiana High School Athletic Association will hold 11 public hearings about whether the state’s basketball tournament should return to a […]

Commentary: Class basketball didn’t hurt our family tradition

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Commentary: Class basketball didn’t hurt our family tradition

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The debate about single-class versus multiple-class high school basketball in Indiana is a little personal for me – not because I care that much about either side of the issue but because I have tremendous memories of attending the high school boys’ finals. It’s sort of a […]

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Commentary: King would have mourned Trayvon, preached compassion for shooter

By John Krull The Statehouse File ATLANTA, Ga. – Circumstance brought me to this city – a place where Martin Luther King Jr., his father and his grandfather all preached –  just days after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking through a gated community in Florida wearing a hoodie. The shooter, volunteer neighborhood […]

Commentary: Senate candidates stuck on the small stuff

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Commentary: Senate candidates stuck on the small stuff

 John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it is appropriate that, in this time of revolutionary change, the strange campaign for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat seems to be focused on something as trivial as hotel bills. The incumbent – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. – has been in office for more than 35 years. While […]

Commentary: How to fail at politics without even trying

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Commentary: How to fail at politics without even trying

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File Picture this: It is Jan. 30, 2013. An SUV pulls up to the Statehouse and out steps U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly. He walks up the steps to the governor’s office where he sits down to have a conversation with Gov. John Gregg and House Speaker Pat Bauer. They are […]