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Commentary: Eric Turner and the butt of the joke

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Commentary: Eric Turner and the butt of the joke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, once gave me a surefire applause line. It was when I was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. Turner had directed that state money fund an Easter parade in Marion – a clear violation of the establishment clauses in the U.S. […]

Commentary: And a child shall lead them

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Commentary: And a child shall lead them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – This is a story that begins and ends, as all true war stories do, with children. Robi Damelin is an Israeli. In 2002, a Palestinian sniper killed her son David. David was 28. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. In 2007, Israeli border police shot his daughter in the head. […]

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Commentary: The real crime, in the NFL’s eyes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, drafting an openly gay player sure has brought shame to the National Football League, hasn’t it? These days, the NFL muckety-mucks may look upon the time when league officials were worried about whether coaches and players could deal with something – having a gay co-worker – other workplaces […]

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By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, drafting an openly gay player sure has brought shame to the National Football League, hasn’t it? These days, the NFL muckety-mucks may look upon the time when league officials were worried about whether coaches and players could deal with something – having a gay co-worker – other workplaces […]

Commentary: Evan Bayh and the lonely center

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Commentary: Evan Bayh and the lonely center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After months of speculation, Evan Bayh removed all doubt. The former Indiana governor and two-term U.S. senator released a statement just before the weekend saying that he wouldn’t be coming back to lead the state Democratic Party out of the wilderness one more time. “After serious consideration, I have […]

Commentary: What we have lost

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Commentary: What we have lost

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This time it was one of ours. A few days ago in Merrillville, two police officers – one of them a young man named Nick Schultz – responded to a complaint that a man who had been evicted from his condominium was trying to move himself back in. The […]

Commentary: Fight over gay marriage needs to go one more round

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Commentary: Fight over gay marriage needs to go one more round

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The long and increasingly senseless fight over gay marriage in Indiana is one step closer to being done. Three judges on a federal appeals bench ruled, 3-0, that bans in Indiana and Wisconsin against people of the same sex marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The ruling affirmed an earlier […]

Commentary: Ferguson and divisions, large and small

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Commentary: Ferguson and divisions, large and small

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com ST. LOUIS, Missouri – The signs are everywhere, in window shops and on lamp posts. “We are all Ferguson,” they read. The signs are meant to signify that St. Louis stands united in working through the problems and tensions resulting from an incident in which a white police officer shot and […]

Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Politicians and pundits have a name for the races going on this year. They call them “off-year” elections. That’s because the big executive branch offices – president of the United States and, here in Indiana, governor – won’t be on the ballot Nov. 4. Less money gets spent on […]

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Commentary: Pence should stop playing games with judicial system

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a problem with judges. Or maybe judges have a problem with him. A few days ago, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young issued a follow-up to his earlier ruling saying that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Much of this follow-up wasn’t a […]

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