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Commentary: Eric Miller and history as prophecy

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Commentary: Eric Miller and history as prophecy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, Eric Miller cast a huge shadow over Indiana state government. Miller – the head of Advance America, the largest and most active advocacy organization for social conservatives in the state – had some legislators so terrified they wouldn’t even mention his name. They feared he […]

Commentary: America and the no good, very bad day

Commentary: America and the no good, very bad day

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Let’s pretend for a few minutes that Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  Actually think about that as if it were real.  It is important to embrace the image of him using the “skills” he has been displaying as a shock campaigner and translate that into actual […]

Commentary: Jimmy Carter and the birth of outsider government

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Commentary: Jimmy Carter and the birth of outsider government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmy Carter now battles cancer. The news that the former president, now 90 years old, discovered that cancer cells have spread to several parts of his body has prompted fresh discussion about his life and legacy. None of the talk really has captured Carter’s true significance. He may turn […]

Commentary: No place for amateurs

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Commentary: No place for amateurs

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In different ways, Glenda Ritz and Donald Trump demonstrate how difficult it is to run for high office. And, in their different ways, both also demonstrate how valuable the skills of a gifted politician – skills we citizens often disparage – can be. Ritz ended her ill-fated campaign for […]

Commentary: Republicans do some crash, boom, bang

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Commentary: Republicans do some crash, boom, bang

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a cliché that politics is show business for ugly people. As I watched the first Republican presidential debate, I began to think that there’s room for a new cliché – politics is a demolition derby for bad drivers. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t graceful. It wasn’t particularly uplifting. […]

Commentary: Incredibly loud, not very effective

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Commentary: Incredibly loud, not very effective

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Long, long ago, back in my school days, I had a science teacher who had a peculiar method of explaining difficult concepts. If a student was puzzled by something, our science teacher, an otherwise pleasant man, would repeat what he had said the first time – only a decibel […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and one born every minute

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Commentary: Donald Trump and one born every minute

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a pity P.T. Barnum lived too long ago to watch Donald Trump in action. Barnum would have recognized the creatively coiffed billionaire running for president as a kindred spirit. One of Barnum’s business rivals as a 19th-century showman and impresario explained the man’s success in succinct terms. “There’s […]