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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 – […]

Commentary: America’s wound that never heals

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Commentary: America’s wound that never heals

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some wars never end. Following the racist atrocity in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a disturbed young white man murdered nine innocent black people as they prayed and worshipped at church, we have started a national discussion about our history and heritage as Americans. At the center of that […]

Commentary: Charleston and the meanness in the world

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Commentary: Charleston and the meanness in the world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com CLARK FORK, Idaho – The mountains look as fresh and green as spring itself. We’re gathered here for my uncle’s memorial service. He died six months ago when the ground was cold and covered with several feet of snow. His daughters, my cousins, decided to wait to bring family together to […]

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Commentary: When the wedges no longer work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Many years ago, when Newt Gingrich still was scrambling to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, I sat with him in his Washington office. Gingrich was telling me about the way the Republican Party not only could gain control of Congress but also dominate the national debate. […]

Commentary: Fathers and the flow of time

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Commentary: Fathers and the flow of time

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My son was troubled. “I’ve been thinking a lot about you dying,” he told me. “I don’t like doing that.” It was a bad time. The father of one of his friends – a guy he’d been playing ball with for years – just had died of a heart […]

Commentary: Sometimes, the old ways are best

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Commentary: Sometimes, the old ways are best

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They solved the problem the old-fashioned way. Two members of the Indiana delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives – Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, and Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana – sit with the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. Fred Upon, R-Michigan, in a corner […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz and the lesson of David and Goliath

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz and the lesson of David and Goliath

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a different life, the team I worked with developed a strategy for dealing with bigger and better-funded opponents. In those days, I was the executive director of what was then the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, now the ACLU of Indiana. Our mission was to defend the principles set […]

Commentary: Mitch Daniels, GOP lion tamer

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels, GOP lion tamer

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Mitch Daniels doesn’t seem to miss being a politician that much. The former Indiana governor and I sit in a conference room not far from the office he now occupies as Purdue University’s president. I’m interviewing him for a television program that will air in a few […]

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