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Commentary: When taxpayers are the butt of the joke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They made jokes about it. This was more than 10 years ago, when I was the executive director of what was then the Indiana Civil Liberties Union – now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The members of the Indiana General Assembly had before them a proposal to […]

Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

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Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The self-proclaimed education reform movement in Indiana may have hit a tipping point in the past few days. In fact, several moves the state’s political and educational leaders took in a short period of time bring the contradictions within the movement into clear focus. For example, House Speaker Brian […]

Commentary: Ain’t that America?

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Commentary: Ain’t that America?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – One by one, the three candidates who seek to represent much of southern and central Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives troop to the stage. Democrat Bill Bailey, Libertarian Mike Frey and Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, have come to Franklin College’s campus to talk politics and public […]

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9th District candidates agree Congress is problem, disagree how to solve it

Indiana 9th Congressional District forum at Franklin College from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Ind. – In a congenial candidate forum Monday at Franklin College, incumbent U.S. Rep. Todd Young acknowledged that incremental change is the goal when trying to turn around a political system he calls dysfunctional. But the men trying […]

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Commentary: Politicos turn to fear to motivate voters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ghost of Richard Nixon stalks this election. One of Nixon’s enduring legacies is the lesson, taught to him by his political mentor Murray Chotiner, that fear motivates voters more effectively than any other emotion. Make people scared, Tricky Dick understood, and you can drive them to the polls […]

Commentary: Same-sex marriage, sunrise, sunset

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Commentary: Same-sex marriage, sunrise, sunset

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The sun rose Tuesday morning, just as it did Monday morning and the morning before that. Just like it has every other day. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider appeals from several states, including Indiana, to overturn appeals court decisions striking down those states’ bans on […]

Commentary: Running for office, running from responsibility

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Commentary: Running for office, running from responsibility

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The members of Congress are back in their districts and states this month, running hard for re-election. Half a world away, there’s a problem those members are concerned about. A jihadist group labeled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – sometimes also known as the Islamic State […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and the call of the rose garden

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Commentary: Mike Pence and the call of the rose garden

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence soon will enter a season of decision. Once the votes are counted a few weeks from now in the 2014 election, Indiana’s governor will have to make a choice – stand for re-election as the state’s chief executive or run for president. The bet here is Pence, […]

Commentary: Elegy for an odd place

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Commentary: Elegy for an odd place

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every building has its stories. The first time I entered the sprawling brick building at the corner of New York and Pennsylvania Streets in Indianapolis – the home of The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star – I was 21 and scared to death. That was more than 30 […]

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. […]

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