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Commentary: Why the jobs numbers don’t reassure

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Commentary: Why the jobs numbers don’t reassure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The comedy team Abbott and Costello had a classic routine. It was called “Who’s on First.” The straight man – Bud Abbott – tried to explain a baseball lineup to his partner, the rubber-faced Lou Costello. The joke was that a guy named “Who” played first base. Another guy […]

Commentary: Democrats sit in, Republicans run away

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Commentary: Democrats sit in, Republicans run away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When the American people get killed at rate 20 times higher than the rest of the developed world, it’s time for leaders to … take a vacation. That was the message Thursday from the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and other Republicans in […]

Commentary: A good question that’s rarely asked

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Commentary: A good question that’s rarely asked

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, says he’s living on caffeine these days. He says the work of running for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat and representing his congressional district keeps him both tired and exhilarated. Young and I talk by phone a few hours before the legislative initiative that […]

Commentary: A Cleveland kind of triumph

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Commentary: A Cleveland kind of triumph

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – I’m a Cleveland boy. My parents moved to the Ohio city on Lake Erie’s shore when Mom was pregnant with me, the first of their three children. It was during the waning days of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency, a time when Cleveland was changing from an industrial powerhouse to a […]

Commentary: Our gift to the NRA

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Commentary: Our gift to the NRA

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Think of it as the NRA tax. A couple of days after the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida, I talked on the air with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett about the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors, which Indianapolis will host. I asked Hogsett if he and the mayors of other […]

Commentary: Running victory laps at a funeral

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Commentary: Running victory laps at a funeral

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some people are slow learners. In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, many loud voices have demanded a quick solution to the problem of terrorism. The loudest of the voices, not surprisingly, belongs to the king of the clueless – the presumptive Republican nominee for […]

Commentary: Orlando and our silence

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Commentary: Orlando and our silence

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now is not the time to talk about guns in America. The National Rifle Association flacks and other members of the gun lobby assure us that the moments right after a tragedy, such as the one in Orlando, Florida – where an angry man shot more than 100 people, […]

Commentary: Problems leaders just don’t want to solve

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Commentary: Problems leaders just don’t want to solve

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A couple of conversations illustrated how poorly our political discussions serve these days. The first conversation was with Drew Klacik, Jamie Palmer and John Marron, senior policy analysts with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. We talked over the air about the results of Thriving Communities, Thriving State, the […]

Commentary: Men behave badly as a ceiling shatters

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Commentary: Men behave badly as a ceiling shatters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – History has a cruel sense of humor. Perhaps that’s why the news that, for the first time, a woman will be the nominee for a major American political party was overshadowed by two men behaving less than gallantly. Hillary Clinton’s wins in the presidential primaries in California and New […]

Commentary: Muhammad Ali’s magic tricks

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Commentary: Muhammad Ali’s magic tricks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Many years ago, the newspaper I worked for sent me in search of Muhammad Ali. Ali lived in those days in Berrien Springs, Michigan, a quiet, almost sleepy little town of fewer than 2,000 people about 25 miles north of South Bend, Indiana. The question the paper wanted me […]

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