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Commentary: What makes the death penalty awful

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, it seems that capital punishment is supposed to be an educational experience for the person being executed. Last month, a St. Joseph County judge ruled that convicted murderer and rapist Michael Dean Overstreet couldn’t be put to death because he has delusions and hallucinations that disconnect him from […]

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Commentary: New economy requires workers to keep learning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said it plainly. “If (the competition for jobs and labor) is just about who is the cheapest, we won’t ever win that fight. We have to make the competition about adding value,” said Michael Huber, the chamber’s chief executive officer and […]

Commentary: Bill Hudnut and Indianapolis, a love story

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Commentary: Bill Hudnut and Indianapolis, a love story

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Hudnut says he needs a haircut. The longest-serving mayor in the history of Indianapolis arches an impish eyebrow in the direction of my deforested scalp. “You see, John, I still need to visit a barber,” he says, eyes twinkling. The jest is vintage Hudnut – quick-witted, endearing and […]

Commentary: A stain on our national honor

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Commentary: A stain on our national honor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Pretty, it isn’t. The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s post 9/11 torture activities reads a bit like a medieval catalogue of horrors. Among other things, the Senate’s investigators found that CIA interrogators threatened detainees with sexual violence with broomsticks, used forced rectal feeding, resorted […]

Commentary: Mike Pence, immigration and irony

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Commentary: Mike Pence, immigration and irony

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, the story goes, the Republican Party stood for certain things. Its members called it “the party of Lincoln.” The reference was to Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest president. One of Lincoln’s claims to greatness was the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order not unlike one regarding immigration […]

Commentary: Tony Bennett, a train wreck in slow motion

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Commentary: Tony Bennett, a train wreck in slow motion

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Tony Bennett redemption tour has hit a roadblock. The former Indiana superintendent of public instruction has traveled a hard road the past couple of years. Bennett, a Republican, lost his bid for re-election in 2012, even though he outspent his Democratic opponent, current Superintendent Glenda Ritz, by a […]

Commentary: The kids are all right

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Commentary: The kids are all right

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Many years ago, someone asked Lyndon Johnson about the difference between Democrats and Republicans. “We don’t hate their presidents,” said LBJ, a Democrat. “Or their presidents’ wives,” added the late Rep. Andy Jacobs, D-Indiana, some years later during the partisan bitterness of Bill Clinton’s presidency. And, now, we apparently […]

Commentary: A man who made others better

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Commentary: A man who made others better

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The call came on a Thanksgiving Day. Harvey Jacobs had died. Harvey made my career. He taught me much of what I know about writing, about editing and about teaching. He plucked me out of a small town and a small college and, for nearly 20 years, pushed me […]

Commentary: John Boehner’s collection of fine whines

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Commentary: John Boehner’s collection of fine whines

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just after President Obama announced that he was reforming America’s immigration policy through executive order, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, let loose a wail. Boehner said Obama’s action made comprehensive immigration reform through congressional action much harder to achieve. He also called the president’s action illegal. A Boehner spokesperson […]

Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

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