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Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

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Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Remember when you were a kid and plotted with your friends or siblings to do something you know your mom or dad would never approve of? You didn’t want the grownups in the room as you hatched your scheme, whatever it was. That’s what I thought of listening to the former […]

Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

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Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”  Congress and the president remind me of […]

Commentary: Stop the impeachment talk until there’s real evidence

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Commentary: Stop the impeachment talk until there’s real evidence

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Please stop. Every time our president does something stupid or questionable — which has been daily lately — all of his critics start writing and posting about how it’s only a matter of time until he is impeached. My plea is stop. Just stop it. Even though each act seems more […]

Commentary: What’s the price of a soul?

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Commentary: What’s the price of a soul?

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  You’ve got to be wondering what’s going through Mike Pence’s head these days.  BT — that’s Before Trump — Pence had a reputation as a decent, honest guy, at least as far as politicians go. Maybe you didn’t like his positions on abortion or LGBT issues, but you knew at his […]

Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

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Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com The Bill of Rights surely ranks as one of the most difficult documents for us, as Americans, to contend with. There’s enough in that list of 10 rights to make each of us a little uncomfortable, depending on your political persuasion. Me? I get hung up on the Second Amendment. I […]

Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I don’t know of any woman who hasn’t been subjected to some form of sexual harassment or discrimination. Maybe she was accosted by a gaggle of middle-aged men at a swimming pool, grabbed by the crotch in the kitchen where she had her first job, or propositioned at the police station […]

Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

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Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I am a homeowner in Indianapolis and I followed the debate over whether my local government or the state should have the final say on Airbnb-style rentals in my neighborhood with interest.  On one hand, I have a great set-up in my basement — quiet room, sleeper sofa, cable and internet […]

Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com A map that has been floating around on the internet sites shows how the country in less than two decades has devolved into a sharply divided nation where legislative districts are either overwhelmingly red or blue. No purple. Just mostly red and some blue. You might think that map, which is […]

Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

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Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Some citizens from the Fifth Congressional District recently dropped in on their representative, Susan Brooks, at her Carmel office to talk with her about what’s been happening in Washington. Brooks, who is serving her third term in Congress, wasn’t there, but her staff divided them into two groups and listened to […]

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Commentary: Indiana at the center of Supreme Court campaign

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — I invite you to take a little trip with me through the byzantine world of campaign finance as it is now playing out in Indiana. This trip starts at the Indiana Statehouse where, on Wednesday, Attorney General Curtis Hill held a press conference urging the state’s two senators to […]

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