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Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

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Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man’s face just radiated hate. Twenty years ago, I covered a rally of white supremacists that took place at the Indiana Statehouse. Those were heady days for hate groups. Klan leader David Duke had won national attention with a too-close-for-comfort gubernatorial campaign in Louisiana – he finished second […]

Commentary: The fight just to be a family

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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge in southwest Indiana just dropped the other shoe in the same-sex marriage debate. Judge Richard Young ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize the marriage of an Indiana lesbian couple. Nicole Quasney and Amy Sandler wed in Massachusetts last year. Quasney now is in the […]

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Commentary: Teachers are only part of the equation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some things are just hard to measure. That’s the real message of the teacher evaluations the Indiana Department of Education released Monday. Those evaluations rated more than 25 percent of Hoosier teachers as highly effective and another 61 percent as effective. Less than half a percent of those evaluated […]

Commentary: David Letterman moves on

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Commentary: David Letterman moves on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 30 years ago, I spotted David Letterman at a store in Indianapolis. It was when he was still on the climb – back before the move to CBS, before his epic (and losing) battle with Jay Leno to succeed Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” back when he […]

Commentary: Thomas Wolfe and the quiet after the flicker flames out

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Commentary: Thomas Wolfe and the quiet after the flicker flames out

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No place whispers eternity quite like a graveyard. I’m standing near the headstone of Thomas Wolfe, a now almost forgotten author who once was considered the great American writer. When I was a college student, Wolfe’s books spoke to me in a way that no other writer’s did. […]

Commentary: The NRA and basic math

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Commentary: The NRA and basic math

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a few days, the National Rifle Association will come to Indiana for its big annual meeting. Gov. Mike Pence and the state’s lawmakers decided to mark the occasion by giving the gun lobby a gift – a new state law that allows gun owners to bring their weapons […]

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Commentary: Voters need to keep lawmakers accountable

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Between them, Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, have managed to shine a light on what happens behind closed doors in caucus at the Indiana General Assembly. The lawmakers likely will not welcome the glare. Delph made himself an outcast among his fellow Republicans by throwing […]

Commentary: Westboro Baptist’s strange notions about God

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Commentary: Westboro Baptist’s strange notions about God

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It seems that the family and followers of Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps want to receive greater respect and consideration than they were willing to grant others. Phelps died last week. He and Westboro Baptist achieved a dubious notoriety by showing up at the funerals of American soldiers to […]

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Commentary: Jim Irsay, the man at the center of the spectacle

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – He’s just a guy. Over the years, I’ve run into Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay a few times. I don’t know him well, but I’ve been impressed the times I’ve been around him. He seemed like a sharp guy, a man with charm, smarts and drive. Perhaps the best […]

Commentary: A missing plane and flights of foolishness

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Commentary: A missing plane and flights of foolishness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Francois Rabelais said it best: “Nature abhors a vacuum.” So, apparently, do the political and news cultures of the Western world. Even when pundits and politicians don’t know what’s going on – even when they acknowledge that they don’t know – that doesn’t stop them from speculating and talking, […]

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