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Commentary: What makes a pro a pro

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Commentary: What makes a pro a pro

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Forty years ago, I lost my amateur status. My local newspaper hired me to write weekend sports stories. I drove around Indiana in a 1974 Ford Maverick, traveling from one high school football or basketball game to another. I arrived at the field or court early, set out some […]

Commentary: Hissy fits and smoke screens aren’t a defense strategy

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Commentary: Hissy fits and smoke screens aren’t a defense strategy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – By now, Russian leader Vladimir Putin must be convinced we Americans are a nation of morons. The evidence that Putin sought to influence the 2016 presidential election is compelling. That fact ought to demand a strong response, one asserting our determination to conduct our own affairs. Instead, we have […]

Commentary: When faith shook the world

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Commentary: When faith shook the world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The conversation focuses on a moment in history that split half the world and set souls on fire. We’re talking about the Reformation, which will be 500 years old on Oct. 31. The Rev. Nathan Wilson, Father Rick Ginther, Robert Saler and I talk over the air about the […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and a lost gentleman’s art

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Commentary: Donald Trump and a lost gentleman’s art

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Elton John said it best. “Sorry seems to be the hardest word,” he sang several decades ago, but it still seems true. As the depressing saga of President Donald Trump’s pointless feud with the widow of a fallen solider and the congresswoman who is close to the soldier’s family […]

Commentary: A game of political limbo

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Commentary: A game of political limbo

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A senior member of the Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives from a key swing state says he’s quitting, right in the middle of his term. U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, is a mainstream Republican who has expressed frustration with the federal government’s ability to, well, govern. […]

Commentary: Someone told a funny

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Commentary: Someone told a funny

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No one milks a bad joke quite like Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas. The Seymour Republican with a love for guns that knows no bounds trotted out a stunt a few days ago. While he was appearing on “No Limits” – the radio show I host – he pointed to […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s casual destructiveness

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s casual destructiveness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If there were a symbol for President Donald Trump’s administration, it would be a wrecking ball. An out-of-control wrecking ball. In just the past few days, the president blithely has thrown the healthcare market – about one-fifth of America’s economy – into chaos. By signing an executive order ending […]

Commentary: Weinstein, Trump and selective outrage

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Commentary: Weinstein, Trump and selective outrage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Wrong is wrong. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s abominable conduct with women has – justly – unleashed an outpouring of condemnation. The revelations of his long and sordid history of harassing and even sexually assaulting what seems like every female with whom he came in contact has cost him his […]

Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

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Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – I hate writing about guns. No other issue in American life divides people so much. No other debate pushes us so far into our bunkers. I’m on the air, talking with outspoken gun advocate Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, Indiana University Law School Prof. Jody Madeira and Marian University […]

Commentary: Pence leaves game — and dignity — behind

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Commentary: Pence leaves game — and dignity — behind

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Vice President Mike Pence’s expensive and unseemly departure from the Indianapolis Colts game demonstrates there is only one job for which he will be qualified when he leaves the White House. Ventriloquist’s dummy. Pence’s leave-taking was a shabby performance. It was a stunt, a prefabricated show of outrage that, […]