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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 […]

Commentary: Redistricting bill deserves a vote

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Commentary: Redistricting bill deserves a vote

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com When you look at the divide between Republicans and Democrats in Indiana General Assembly you would be right to assume our state is red. Not just any old red, but bright red, and about as red as you can get. Republicans hold the edge over Democrats 70-30 in the House. In […]

Commentary: The selling of the Supreme Court 2017

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Commentary: The selling of the Supreme Court 2017

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com You have probably seen the television ads—a man on a journey from poor, hard-working youth to successful adult at the top of his professional. He’s a man of integrity, standing up for what’s right. He’s a family man with solid American values. Yes, who could possibly not want to see Neil […]

Commentary: Good roads and bridges benefit all of us, so we all should pay

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Commentary: Good roads and bridges benefit all of us, so we all should pay

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Drive more than five minutes on Indiana’s roads and bridges you’ll know that Indiana needs to invest serious dollars in repairs and maintenance. You’ll rumble over crumbling asphalt and dodge potholes, and when you cross a bridge with a truck hauling a full load of freight, you’ll hope that this isn’t […]

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 […]

Commentary: It’s not about Trump

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Commentary: It’s not about Trump

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I get why more than four dozen Democrats in Congress want to skip President-elect Trump’s inauguration this week. He’s denigrated just about everything they stand for as he bullied his way through the campaign and this transition period. He’s mocked the disabled, defended despots and demeaned women. And then, […]