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Commentary: A bulwark slips away

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Commentary: A bulwark slips away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, I haunted the U.S. Senate. I was in Washington, D.C., working on a long profile of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and other stories about Indiana’s congressional delegation. It was 1992, a different era. This was well before the terrors of 9/11. Security in the nation’s capital […]

Commentary: A few words could say a lot right now

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Commentary: A few words could say a lot right now

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The messages conveyed the same thing. Fear. I was on the radio, talking about how people were feeling in these anxious first days of a new presidency. A woman named Sarah called in. British by birth, she married an American man. They came here to help family members deal […]

Commentary: Hard times and opportunity

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Commentary: Hard times and opportunity

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather, a lifelong Republican, offered some good advice. “It is when things are hard that you have the opportunity to show that you have character,” he told me when I was a boy. I’ve been thinking about Grandpa’s words an awful lot over these past few days. We […]

Commentary: Trump, Messer and the question of legitimacy

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Commentary: Trump, Messer and the question of legitimacy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – No one can match the zeal of a late-in-life convert to a cause. Or the hypocrisy. Republicans and conservatives now are up in arms that people are trying to “delegitimatize” the presidency of Donald Trump. This is wrong, wrong, wrong, they say – ignoring the fact that we Americans […]

Commentary: Attempts to delegitimatize President Trump undermine our republic

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Commentary: Attempts to delegitimatize President Trump undermine our republic

By Luke Messer Special to TheStatehouseFile.com “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” said pop star Madonna in a profanity-laced speech at the Women’s March on Washington last weekend. Ignoring for a moment that 18 U.S. Code 2385 makes it a felony to “knowingly or willfully” threaten violence against the […]

Commentary: ‘The better angels of our nature’

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Commentary: ‘The better angels of our nature’

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com “The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.” This was the most important thing President Trump said on Inauguration Day. And it might be the most ambitious as well. That is if he means it literally. The day after the inauguration, women’s marches, rallies […]

Commentary: It’s all about respect

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Commentary: It’s all about respect

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Soon, my daughter will lace up her basketball shoes for the last time and play her final high school game. My wife and I will be there, cheering for her and her teammates. When she walks off the floor for the last time, all three of us – mother, […]

Commentary: An ‘alternative’  to the American approach

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Commentary: An ‘alternative’ to the American approach

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Already the phrase “alternative facts” has become the subject of a million jabs and jibes. When Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, uttered those words in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” she touched off a national discussion that often looked like open-mic night […]

Commentary: There’s no going back

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Commentary: There’s no going back

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — “I will not go quietly back to the 1950s.” That was the message on Cindy Byrne’s hand-drawn sign that she held as she waited for the start of the women’s rally on the grounds behind the Indianapolis Statehouse Saturday. She’s done this before. More than 25 years ago she […]

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Indianapolis women’s rally draws thousands

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When Terri Siler heard about the Women’s March on Washington, she was determined to bring it to Indiana. Siler said she thought she would be lucky to have 1,000 people come to push back against President Donald Trump and his agenda, but admitted she was wrong. Instead, thousands flooded […]