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Commentary: Keystone Cops take charge at both conventions

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Commentary: Keystone Cops take charge at both conventions

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – No one, it seems, knows how to run a political party these days. Last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, was a train wreck. The GOP allowed the first two days of the four-day infomercial that is the modern political convention to be swallowed up by the plagiarism […]

Commentary: Mike Pence, at last where he wants to be

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Commentary: Mike Pence, at last where he wants to be

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After so much work and so long a wait, that moment must have felt good. There Mike Pence was, on the stage at the Republican National Convention, commanding the attention of the nation, hearing the crowd in Quicken Loans Arena chant: We like Mike! We like Mike! We like […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and rookie mistakes

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Commentary: Donald Trump and rookie mistakes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The morning after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife Melania addressed the GOP national convention and accusations swirled that she had stolen part of the speech, a handful of friends sent me the same doctored photograph. The picture showed Melania Trump and Michelle Obama – from whose 2008 speech […]

Commentary: Another day in America

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Commentary: Another day in America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WILMORE, Kentucky – Two older women at the other end of the counter lick their ice cream cones and talk about a friend’s granddaughter. The girl’s going away to college in nearby Lexington and their friend is both proud of and worried about her. She’s a smart girl, they say, but […]

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Commentary: Trump’s message to Pence

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Only Donald Trump could find a way to both elevate and demean someone at the same time. Almost everyone now says and reports that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be Trump’s running mate on the Republican national ticket. Everyone, that is, but Trump himself. Just a few hours after […]

Commentary: Evan Bayh comes home

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Commentary: Evan Bayh comes home

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The late Southern writer Thomas Wolfe once wrote a novel called “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Evan Bayh, it appears, wants to prove Wolfe wrong. Bayh’s re-emergence as a political candidate a few days ago took much of Indiana by surprise. Just a few months ago, when speculation and […]

Commentary: Herbert Hoover and the kindness of failure

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Commentary: Herbert Hoover and the kindness of failure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WEST BRANCH, Iowa – On paper, it seemed that Herbert Hoover should have been a great president, particularly in a time of crisis. Before he came to the White House, Hoover was called “the Great Humanitarian,” the man who helped feed the hungry and dispossessed in war-shattered Europe during and after […]

Commentary: Donald and Mike, strange bedfellows

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Commentary: Donald and Mike, strange bedfellows

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The burgeoning bromance between the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a weird kind of sense. These guys need each other. The mating dance between Trump and Pence over whether the Indiana governor will assume the position of being The Donald’s vice […]

Commentary: Lecturing women on how to be women

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Commentary: Lecturing women on how to be women

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It didn’t take the men who brought Indiana’s punitive and ill-thought-out abortion law to respond to a federal judge’s decision to issue an injunction that will keep it from taking effect. The law, which was conceived late in the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly and researched and […]

Commentary: The Independence Day that never ends

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Commentary: The Independence Day that never ends

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of this country’s greatest trial, America’s poet turned to prose – and despair. When he first set himself to the task of being America’s bard, Walt Whitman’s voice was full-throated, his tone exuberant, his message one of limitless possibility. “I sound my barbaric yawp over the […]

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