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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 […]

Commentary: Abdul-Rahmin Peter Kassig, RIP

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Commentary: Abdul-Rahmin Peter Kassig, RIP

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The weather fit the news. The official word that the self-proclaimed Islamic State had beheaded young Hoosier Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig came on a day when the skies turned gray. A thin blanket of snow – for centuries a symbol of death and rebirth – fell on the streets, sidewalks […]

Commentary: No need to have a panic attack

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Commentary: No need to have a panic attack

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Something about the political process seems to mass-produce hand-wringing and other signs of anxiety among close observers. At the moment, the 2014 election results have provoked the panic attacks among some otherwise sensible people. Republicans won big. The GOP went into the balloting in a strong position. Republicans controlled […]

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Commentary: A costly political education

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late writer Minna Antrim uttered what amounts almost to a prophecy about this year’s election. “Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills,” Antrim said. In the aftermath of the 2014 vote, partisans on both sides of the American political divide are in throes of […]

Commentary: What no one else can claim

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Commentary: What no one else can claim

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two bright, determined young women have become the bookends for the contemporary library of mortality. Lauren Hill and Brittany Maynard faced similar challenges. Hill is a first-year college basketball player at Mount St. Joseph’s with an inoperable brain tumor. She has only months to live. Hill’s dream was to […]

Commentary: A day for the disenchanted voter

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Commentary: A day for the disenchanted voter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2014 election has a clear winner. Anger. None of the candidates for office at the state or national level elicited much enthusiasm. In fact, the polls tracking public approval ratings for Democrats and Republicans indicate that both parties are just slightly more popular than the common cold. The […]

Commentary: Rock’s bard of the Midwest

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Commentary: Rock’s bard of the Midwest

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Like an echo from a now distant time, the song’s familiar opening notes played over the restaurant’s sound system. Then John Mellencamp’s voice comes on with the tune’s first lines: Well, our hearts beat like thunder I don’t know why they don’t explode…. The song is “Ain’t Even Done […]

Commentary: When right and right collide

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Commentary: When right and right collide

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather gave me some great counsel. “Most reasonable people know right from wrong,” he said when I was a young teen working on his farm. “It’s when right and right collide and they have to choose between them that people have a hard time.” I thought of Grandpa’s […]

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Commentary: Yard signs, guns and more political ironies

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The teacher told me about a time he’d gotten his hand slapped. We were at a conference for high school students. He told me he’d pulled into his school’s parking lot with a load of yard signs touting the political candidacy of a friend of his in the back […]

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