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Commentary: Right to farm’s rough harvest

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Commentary: Right to farm’s rough harvest

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Just a couple of hours after a controversial right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution had been plowed under in the Indiana Senate, two people who fought hard on the issue slip behind the microphones to talk about the battle. Craig Curry is the Indiana government relations and public liaison […]

Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

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Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —   At a Saturday morning meeting sponsored by his local chamber of commerce, Indiana Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, launched this missile at the Indiana State Teachers Association. “The world would be a better place without the ISTA,” Culver said, according to some fine reporting by The Goshen News. At […]

Commentary: The American Dream in reverse

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Commentary: The American Dream in reverse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Together, Derek Thomas and Carol Rogers paint a picture that is disturbing, even scary. Thomas is the senior policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families. Rogers is the deputy director and chief information officer for the Indiana Business Research Center. The three of us are on the […]

Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

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Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, the Indiana Department of Education was a great place to go to take a good long nap. For 16 years, Republican Suellen Reed served as the state’s superintendent of public instruction. She got along with people. She worked with Democratic governors. She worked with Republican […]

Commentary: Race and the history we cannot just wish away

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Commentary: Race and the history we cannot just wish away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The caller disagreed. I was on the air live with Indiana writer Janet Cheatham Bell, author of “Not All Poor People Are Black and other things we need to think more about” and a series of books of famous black quotations. Bell, who is also the mother of comedian […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz at the center of the storm

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz at the center of the storm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Glenda Ritz doesn’t look like a woman who provokes outrage. A petite woman with an open face, Indiana’s embattled superintendent of public instruction answers questions with the grace of a veteran during an hour-long conversation on the radio show I host. She even smiles during a lot of it. […]

Commentary:  A brawl over beer and ethics

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Commentary: A brawl over beer and ethics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When tempers flare and beer is involved, the result normally is a bar fight. In Indiana right now, though, the battle is before the Indiana Election Commission. And that spat illustrates the many challenges involved in drafting and enforcing campaign finance laws and ethical codes when there is a […]

Commentary: Obama, community college and the wrong question

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Commentary: Obama, community college and the wrong question

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama came to Indiana the other day to push his plan for two years of “free” community college. Much of the discussion so far about the president’s plan has focused on the use of the word “free” – more on that in a moment – but Hoosier […]

Commentary: A tidal pattern that could lift many boats

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Commentary: A tidal pattern that could lift many boats

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com MERRILLVILLE, Indiana – When Bill Hanna and Ty Warner talk about trains, buses and roads, they’re really talking about other things. Jobs. Communities. Lives. Hanna is the president of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Warner is the executive director of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. The three of us […]

Commentary: As we talk past each other

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Commentary: As we talk past each other

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man was frustrated. We were in the question-and-answer portion of a talk I’d been asked to give to a Central Indiana civic organization. My remarks focused on the challenges Indiana and the United States will face getting ready for a coming worldwide labor shortage and how that was […]

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