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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  INDIANAPOLIS – As Donald Trump marched toward his improbable victory in Tuesday’s presidential election, I found myself thinking about a conversation I had a few months ago with an Indiana mayor. The mayor, a Democrat, leads one of the state’s larger cities. He said part of the reason Indiana’s state legislature […]

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Teachers face mature questions as students absorb campaign scandals

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eleven-year-old Jayoun Long sounds like a lot of voters this election season. “I don’t really like Donald Trump,” the sixth grader said as he weighed his options for who to vote for in his school’s mock election, “but [Hillary Clinton] might go to jail if she becomes president.” Jayoun, […]

Commentary: In which we each play a part

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Commentary: In which we each play a part

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A theater director once told me about the secret to method acting. “You act the part,” he said, “until you become the part.” That’s what happened to our political discussions. We have spent so many years acting as if we were mean-spirited, ideologically intolerant thugs that we now, as […]

Commentary: When a surprise isn’t a surprise

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Commentary: When a surprise isn’t a surprise

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Critics are calling FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress hinting at a fresh investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email correspondence as secretary of state an “October surprise.” They’re wrong. A surprise is supposed to be unexpected. Comey’s unorthodox act is, unfortunately, part of a distressing pattern […]

Commentary: One people, now and forever, amen

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Commentary: One people, now and forever, amen

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The man can’t help himself. At the last presidential debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night, Republican candidate Donald Trump all but disintegrated in front of the American people. Goaded by his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, Trump ranged from incoherence to inconsistency. His meltdown was nearly complete. Early in the […]

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Why your write-in vote might not count

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Voters hoping to write Bernie Sanders or Evan McMullin in on their Indiana ballot are out of luck. Interest in write-in candidates is surging, according to Google Trends data, where online searches for the term have hit a record high. Indiana, in particular, is among the top five states […]

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Trump on vulgar tape: I’m not proud of it.

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com ST. LOUIS — Five minutes is all it took before questions started rolling in at Sunday’s presidential debate about an 11-year-old audio recording featuring Donald Trump’s voice. The recording, leaked Friday evening, includes both Trump and former “Access Hollywood” host and new “Today” show co-host Billy Bush conversing before Trump’s cameo […]

Commentary: The better angels of our nature wept

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Commentary: The better angels of our nature wept

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t a proud moment for democracy. When Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump took the stage at Washington University in St. Louis Sunday night for the second presidential debate, Americans already had plenty of reasons to be disgusted with their political system. The unearthing of a recorded […]

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Pence, Kaine face off in only vice presidential debate

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Despite being on his opponent’s home turf, many political analysts said Gov. Mike Pence came out on top in the only vice presidential debate. Pence went head-to-head with Sen. Tim Kaine for 90 minutes, defending Donald Trump’s ideals and touting his successes in the Hoosier state. During the debate […]

Commentary: Pence stopped the bleeding

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Commentary: Pence stopped the bleeding

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence did a better job than his boss. Going into Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, the Indiana governor had a tough set of tasks before him. Just a little more than a week earlier, Pence’s running mate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, experienced a pummeling at the hands […]