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Commentary: How the other half lives – not

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Commentary: How the other half lives – not

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Apparently, it is hard and costly work being a champion of the little guy. USA Today reports that the Secret Service already has blown through most of the entire salary, overtime and expense budget it had allocated for protecting the president of the United States and his family. The […]

Commentary: Round and round, down and down, Trump goes

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Commentary: Round and round, down and down, Trump goes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s like watching a spinning top wobble on the edge of a table. The question isn’t whether it will fall, but how far, in what direction and how much damage will be done when it does. President Donald Trump’s response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, demonstrate that […]

Commentary: Charlottesville, and what crawled out from under the rock

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Commentary: Charlottesville, and what crawled out from under the rock

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – At least we can stop pretending now. The ugly and tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, involving a “protest” by white supremacist thugs and the accompanying abdication of moral leadership by President Donald Trump have lifted the rock. What’s crawled out from beneath is both hideous and dangerous, but we […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and the price of poker

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the price of poker

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, it would be fun to play poker with Donald Trump. Probably profitable, too. Judging from the way he’s handled the investigation into his campaign’s – and now, apparently, his administration’s and his family’s – ties with Russia, the president of the United States doesn’t know how to bluff. […]

Commentary: Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

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Commentary: Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have the toughest job around. Somehow, Kelly must instill professionalism and discipline into a president and his staff who believe those qualities are for sissies. This will be no easy task. But it’s clearly necessary. Even Karl Rove – the […]

Commentary:  A third-rate reality TV show

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Commentary: A third-rate reality TV show

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, this is what a demolition derby without cars looks like. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is running the executive branch of the world’s oldest and most powerful republic as if it were a third-tier reality TV show. Senior administration officials – Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, […]

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New plan to aid laid off Carrier workers

By Abrahm Hurt  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Laid off Carrier workers will soon have access to financial support and more opportunities to be hired under a new plan unveiled Wednesday. “By utilizing the $1.2 million dollars in tax incentives that were returned to the city from Carrier and their parent company, United Technologies, this approach will both help […]

Commentary: Where the grapes of wrath are stored

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Commentary: Where the grapes of wrath are stored

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  NASHVILLE, Tennessee – A cold civil war, he called it. That’s what Watergate muckraker Carl Bernstein said is going on in America right now. It’s an apt description. We Americans may not be shooting at each other – at least not in formal battles – but in many other ways we’re […]

Commentary: A servant, not a ruler

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Commentary: A servant, not a ruler

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the United States, we elect presidents. Not kings. This is what Donald Trump does not understand – or at least that he pretends not to understand. In this country, the people and the laws of the nation are not subordinate to the chief executive. He is subordinate to […]

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Senators look to fill USDA leadership roles

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s senators are accepting applications to fill two state-level leadership positions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “These leadership positions are vital in supporting Hoosier farmers and communities across rural Indiana,” U.S. Sen. Todd Young said in a statement. “We want to do our part to ensure Indiana remains a […]