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Commentary: The president who crossed his fingers

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Commentary: The president who crossed his fingers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Donald Trump doesn’t want to be president. That much is evident. Don’t get me wrong. It’s clear the egomaniac in the Oval Office loves the pomp and pomposity accompanying this nation’s highest office. He revels in being the center of attention, of having millions of people wait in anticipation […]

Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Jefferson said it best. “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it,” Jefferson wrote to […]

Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

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Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a question: Why is it that the people who rant and rave the most about “political correctness” are the ones most upset when others criticize their positions? We have seen this curious dynamic play itself out in the past few days. The University of California at Berkeley had […]

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: Exiled from an Eden that didn’t exist

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Commentary: Exiled from an Eden that didn’t exist

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ivory towers of college campuses, it turns out, are neither ivory nor towers. They’re pretty much just like everyplace else. In the past few days, protests regarding racism on college and university campuses have made national news. At the University of Missouri, those protests escalated over a year’s […]

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Americans struggle to name First Amendment freedoms

By Kate Winkle SFHWire WASHINGTON – Americans have failed their 2014 civics test: 29 percent of them can’t name any of the five freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. The Newseum’s First Amendment Center surveyed 1,006 adults nationwide over the phone in May about their knowledge of the amendment and opinions on First Amendment issues. The center has […]

Commentary: Recent faux pas not about free speech

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Commentary: Recent faux pas not about free speech

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bless “Duck Dynasty” and Justine Sacco. Together, they’ve created an opportunity for an important civic education lesson. For those of you who don’t know what the twin furors over “Duck Dynasty” and Sacco are – presumably because you have been wasting your time focusing on things that matter – […]

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Shooting photos, video on private property could be crime

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers appear to be closer to reaching a final agreement on a bill meant to stop people from taking surreptitious photos or videos on private property with the intent of harming the owner. A proposed compromise on the legislation means that a person who shoots a photo or video […]

Commentary: Controlling the debate

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Commentary: Controlling the debate

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. The portrait of the conservative game plan that has begun to come together isn’t exactly a picture of self-government at its finest. Consider the news from the Indiana General Assembly last week.  Word slipped out that Eric […]

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Critics say bullying bill overreaches, could restrict student speech

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to address bullying that takes place outside of school met resistance Wednesday from people who say it could obstruct students’ freedom of speech. The Senate Education & Career Development Committee heard testimony on House Bill 1169, which will give schools more power to discipline […]

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