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Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

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Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The latest dispute regarding Planned Parenthood illustrates much of what is wrong with American politics. For those who haven’t followed the story, an activist with a long history of opposing reproductive rights made several visits to Planned Parenthood offices. He filmed several of the exchanges he had with Planned […]

Commentary: Harper Lee comes home again

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Commentary: Harper Lee comes home again

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Harper Lee’s freshly published novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” reads like a postcard from the past. The book has generated a lot of controversy. Many Harper Lee fans see the novel as a travesty – an attempt by greedy handlers and publishers to take advantage of an author in […]

Commentary: All we are saying….

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Commentary: All we are saying….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The late U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs, D-Indiana, had a name for politicians who loved the idea of Americans fighting in wars without ever going themselves. “Chicken hawks,” he called them. Andy’s reluctance to send young Americans off to kill or be killed confused people. (I call him Andy because […]

Commentary: A long, tired road to now

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Commentary: A long, tired road to now

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, almost snorted his answer. I’d asked Young about the partisan rancor in Washington. I’d prefaced the question by saying that, even though there still was a lot of backbiting going on, the vitriol and sheer nastiness that divided and paralyzed the federal government for […]

Commentary: Martyrs on the cheap

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Commentary: Martyrs on the cheap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Social conservatives seem to have a new set of folk heroes. They’re applauding the county clerks and other public officials who, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay unions in all 50 states, refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The defiant clerks say condoning gay marriage […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and one born every minute

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Commentary: Donald Trump and one born every minute

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a pity P.T. Barnum lived too long ago to watch Donald Trump in action. Barnum would have recognized the creatively coiffed billionaire running for president as a kindred spirit. One of Barnum’s business rivals as a 19th-century showman and impresario explained the man’s success in succinct terms. “There’s […]

Commentary: RFRA, chestnut horses and horse chestnuts

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Commentary: RFRA, chestnut horses and horse chestnuts

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – By coincidence, I was at a national convention of newspaper columnists just a few days before Gov. Mike Pence announced Indiana had cancelled its deal with an out-of-state public relations firm hired to repair the state’s battered image. The state had hired Porter Novelli to clean up the mess […]

Commentary: Mitch Daniels, Steve Goldsmith and faith in government

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels, Steve Goldsmith and faith in government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When they were in office, Steve Goldsmith and Mitch Daniels often found themselves targets of criticism. I know, because I delivered a fair bit of it. When Goldsmith was mayor of Indianapolis from 1992 to 2000 and Daniels was Indiana’s governor from 2005 to 2013, they both were pioneers […]

Commentary: The Fourth and our family quarrel for the ages

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Commentary: The Fourth and our family quarrel for the ages

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it is fitting that we Americans are having, as we approach the Fourth of July holiday, another national discussion about our bedrock principles. Freedom. Equality. Justice. Like so many of our debates, this one resembles a family quarrel. And, like many family arguments, this one, in different forms, […]

Commentary: The Supreme Court and an end to the bleeding

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Commentary: The Supreme Court and an end to the bleeding

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Many conservatives now would like to firebomb the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court issued two historic decisions, back to back, that enraged the most partisan and ideological members of the American right. The first came Thursday morning with a 6-3 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act – […]

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