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Commentary: Evan Bayh and the passing of days

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Evan Bayh says he feels “melancholy.” We’re talking with each other through microphones and headsets – he from National Public Radio’s studios in Washington, D.C. and I from WFYI’s in downtown Indianapolis. The former U.S. senator and Indiana governor says he’s sending his twin sons, Nick and Beau, off […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s always amusing to watch otherwise smart people do stupid things. I’m thinking about the way the members of the self-proclaimed education reform crowd have let Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz get under their skin. Let’s take stock of where things are. Two years ago, Ritz, a […]

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Commentary: Robin Williams, RIP

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The one time I met actor and comedian Robin Williams, it wasn’t the brilliance of his performance that impressed me. It was the quality of his friendship. I met him, briefly, in New York some years ago. I was there to attend a fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Foundation […]

Commentary: Some barriers don’t make much of a crash when they fall

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Commentary: Some barriers don’t make much of a crash when they fall

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s first female state Supreme Court chief justice says she looks forward to the day when a woman achieving a high-ranking position will be “unremarkable.” Loretta Rush says women and men should be judged simply by their qualifications, not their gender. We may be getting closer to that day […]

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Commentary: Richard Nixon and the fights that followed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The news that the president of the United States was going to resign came to us on a mountaintop in Colorado. It was early August 1974. We – a group of guys from age 15 to the middle 20s – were on a bicycle tour through the Rockies sponsored […]

Commentary: Pence and the costs of immigrant-baiting

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Commentary: Pence and the costs of immigrant-baiting

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fired off a letter to President Barack Obama complaining about unaccompanied children being placed with sponsors in Indiana, he opened himself to considerable criticism. Most of the fire focused on Pence’s supposed hypocrisy. The Indiana governor said he felt “deep compassion” for these children, […]

Commentary: Where it’s easier to forgive an assault than accept an embrace

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Commentary: Where it’s easier to forgive an assault than accept an embrace

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam – the first openly gay player to enter the National Football League – he provoked a small firestorm. Dungy’s argument seemed to be that Sam’s sexual orientation would be a distraction and cause tension in […]

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Commentary: The peace that so often eludes us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, New York – Other than a light dappling of rain, the surface of the lake is as still as a held breath. Blue Mountain looms in the distance, its face reflected on the water’s surface. Clouds hang low and heavy in the sky. A storm raged through the […]

Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

Commentary: Spain, a glimpse of the future?

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Commentary: Spain, a glimpse of the future?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com MADRID, Spain – The old man sits there amid his bags, shaking his cup just outside the high-end jewelry store on Calle de Goya. It’s a hot day. The mid-afternoon sun pounds down. The crowd passes by him. Many of the people are Madrid residents, on their way to or from […]

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