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Commentary: Some tough guy

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Commentary: Some tough guy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once, during America’s tumultuous and tragic march toward the Civil War, U.S. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, D-Illinois, said he could have traveled from Washington to Chicago by the light of his own burning effigies. Douglas had angered much of America with the Kansas-Nebraska Act – Southerners because of its […]

Commentary: When hate roams the land

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Commentary: When hate roams the land

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com CHICAGO – Elsewhere at the Old Crow Smokehouse, a restaurant in downtown Chicago, Hillary Clinton volunteers and supporters are laughing and celebrating. The polls have closed on this Tuesday night and, for the moment, the work is done. Everyone at this party feels like unwinding. Leaning against a wall in a […]

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Commentary: Donald Trump and dark furies

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, I covered a Ku Klux Klan rally that turned violent. It was not long after David Duke, the Klan leader, had claimed the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Louisiana and used that as a springboard to run for president in the GOP primaries. At the time, the Klan […]

Commentary: A little personal responsibility, please

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Commentary: A little personal responsibility, please

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I am fascinated when low-skilled, low-educated people complain about their place in this world instead of taking personal responsibility to improve their skill sets. I take the same approach when people who get degrees in art history, run up $100,00 in debt, and then wonder why they can’t find a job […]

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Sanders upsets Clinton, Trump wins again in Michigan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  PONTIAC, Mich. — Eyes are on Michigan as businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders take home primary victories there. It was a close call for Democratic candidates Sanders and Hillary Clinton as Sanders won with 50 percent and Clinton followed at 48 percent, according to CNN. One question Clinton’s campaign […]

Commentary: Nancy Reagan and a forgotten truth

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Commentary: Nancy Reagan and a forgotten truth

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sometimes history makes a statement. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday morning. She was 94. Her death severed one of the last ties with Ronald Reagan’s presidency, which Republican politicians now so often honor without really understanding. They weave a fictional tale of Ronald Reagan as an unflinching […]

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Commentary: If you can’t say something nice, run for president

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2016 presidential campaign has become the ultimate good news/bad news joke. The good news is that the race has been ugly. Let’s take stock of what has happened so far. The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, unloaded Thursday on the frontrunner for the nomination […]

Commentary: Trump and the GOP firing squad

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Commentary: Trump and the GOP firing squad

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a shame the early 20th-century humorist Will Rogers isn’t alive to edit one of his most famous remarks. “I don’t belong to any organized political party,” Rogers once quipped. “I’m a Democrat.” If Rogers were with us today, he’d likely be aiming that jab at Republicans, who are […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and the GOP where the air is thin

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the GOP where the air is thin

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson must find the air around them hard to breathe these days. Because Donald Trump is sucking up all the oxygen in the room. The bombastic billionaire claimed a big victory in the Nevada Republican caucuses. The Donald captured more votes […]

Commentary: New Hampshire and voters mad as….

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Commentary: New Hampshire and voters mad as….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New Hampshire voters gave voice to their inner Howard Beales Tuesday night. Echoing the cry of the tragic character in the cinematic dark farce “Network,” they cried: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” So, on the Democratic side, the good people of the […]