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Commentary: Equal rights and the grown-ups’ table

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Commentary: Equal rights and the grown-ups’ table

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If nothing else, by letting civil rights legislation die for LGBT Hoosiers, the members of the Indiana General Assembly have taught citizens of the state a $60 million – and counting – civics lesson. We now know how expensive gerrymandering can be. The system of packing lawmakers into reliably […]

Commentary: Iowa and the key to the bank

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Commentary: Iowa and the key to the bank

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People misread the Iowa caucuses. They grouse about the influence that a somewhat sparsely populated and mostly homogenous state has on the process of selecting the leader of an increasingly diverse and urban nation. They complain, too, that the means of determining which candidates get which delegates to the […]

Commentary: John Gregg, Mike Pence and a locked steering wheel

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Commentary: John Gregg, Mike Pence and a locked steering wheel

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A quiet drumbeat regarding Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg has started. Republican campaign operatives – who are nervous not just about Mike Pence’s political wounds, but also about the governor’s seeming determination to both inflict and reopen those wounds himself – have started a whispering campaign about Gregg’s “evolution” […]

Commentary: Pence, Bosma and the self-created ties that bind them

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Commentary: Pence, Bosma and the self-created ties that bind them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When it became clear there was a chance a bill offering some sort-of, maybe, kind-of civil rights protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers might emerge from the Indiana Senate and head to the House of Representatives, House Speaker Brian Bosma had a quick response. “I have yet to […]

Commentary: A road back to reason

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Commentary: A road back to reason

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several things are intriguing about the debate Hoosier Republicans are having about how to fund repairs to Indiana’s decaying roads and bridges. The first is that the members of the GOP are having a debate. Republicans have advanced several plans to start the long and expensive work – the […]

Commentary: Barack Obama and the long goodbye

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Commentary: Barack Obama and the long goodbye

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – In less than a year, Barack Obama no longer will be president of the United States. For many Americans, that will be cause for rejoicing. Most conservatives in this country have seen Obama’s rise to power as little more than an abomination, an ongoing assault on all they […]

Commentary: Fear and the rustle of the restroom door

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Commentary: Fear and the rustle of the restroom door

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Sophocles said it best. “To him who is in fear everything rustles,” the ancient philosopher said. Fear forms a refrain in the second conversation about transgender citizens I’ve had in several days. This one is over the air, as I interview Myranda Warden of the Indiana Youth Group, among […]

Commentary: Trump, Cruz and the politics of exclusion

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Commentary: Trump, Cruz and the politics of exclusion

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – It is almost poetic that Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz now find themselves engaged in a battle over origins. For those who, blissfully, have missed the sniping between the two frontrunners for the GOP nomination, their squabble has played out like this. Trump, likely mindful […]

Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

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Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just before President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivered the State of the Union and the State of the State speeches, four former leaders in Congress floated an intriguing idea. Among them was former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The others were Lugar’s old colleagues in the […]

Commentary: Obama, Pence and a moment in the spotlight

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Commentary: Obama, Pence and a moment in the spotlight

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Barack Obama and Mike Pence are two different, different men. The president of the United States, a Democrat, and the governor of Indiana, a Republican, came to their big speeches – the State of the Union and the State of the State – with similar challenges. Both find themselves […]

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