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Commentary: It’s not your father’s child welfare services

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  A lot of Indiana’s political class is still talking about last week’s resignation of former DCS Chief Judge James Payne. If you’re reading this, then you likely know Payne resigned following a story by The Indianapolis Star which implied he crossed an ethical line and helped prepare a brief against the […]

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Commentary: Social Security and ‘the 47 percent’

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review Social Security turned 75 this year, having paid its first beneficiaries in 1937. It was conceived under the Social Security Act of 1935 and was established to provide an income to those who had worked and were at least 65 years old. Since then, Social Security has expanded to […]

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Commentary: New GOP strategy in Senate race not likely to be a winner

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For the past few days, Indiana Republicans have pounded away at a new message in their fight to hold onto the U.S. Senate seat that’s up for grabs this fall. Several of them have bent my ear with same talking point – a vote for the Democratic candidate, moderate […]

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Commentary: Daniels, Pence reactions to Payne ethics controversy are telling

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Department of Child Services Director James Payne’s resignation opens a window on much of what is wrong about government these days. Payne, a former juvenile court judge, left his post this week after The Indianapolis Star reported that he had used his position to influence DCS decisions in […]

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Commentary: Abdul predicts big wins for Republicans

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  There are six weeks left to go in the 2012 Election cycle, so I figured that would be as good time as any to offer a few assessments and even worse – predictions – regarding the races here in Indiana. As always, a day is like a lifetime in politics and […]


Commentary: Education is a sound investment

By Jill Long Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com  Years ago, as a doctoral student at Indiana University, I often was challenged to find two nickels to rub together.  In those days, even though I was able to pay my bills on time, my financial statements looked pretty bleak.  I worked continuously throughout my master’s and doctoral programs, but […]

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Commentary: Gregg and Pence have created a debate that counts

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Something strange has happened in the Indiana governor’s race. It now is about things that matter. Just a short time ago, the two major party candidates – Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence – seemed locked in a stultifying pattern. Pence, the frontrunner, acted as if […]

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Commentary: Mourdock campaign is struggling under pressure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As this election year heads into its final stages, the pressure on campaigns and candidates mounts with every passing day. Some candidates and campaigns handle the pressure well. Some flail. It appears that Republican Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is one of those who flail. In recent days, […]

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Commentary: Attorney general – not senators – takes true conservative view in immigration battle

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The decision by three conservative Indiana state senators to ask a federal court to allow them to argue in favor of an anti-immigration law they authored – undercutting the state’s attorney general – raises an interesting question. What does it mean to be a conservative these days? […]

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Commentary: Perspective too often depends on partisan leanings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s funny how partisanship determines perspective. Consider this situation: The country is in the middle of a campaign in which an incumbent president seeks re-election. Four years ago, that president won a big, historic victory by promoting a positive message. He succeeded a profoundly unpopular predecessor whom he and […]