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Commentary: Perspective too often depends on partisan leanings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s funny how partisanship determines perspective. Consider this situation: The country is in the middle of a campaign in which an incumbent president seeks re-election. Four years ago, that president won a big, historic victory by promoting a positive message. He succeeded a profoundly unpopular predecessor whom he and […]

Commentary: A look at the road not taken

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Commentary: A look at the road not taken

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now that the national political conventions have come and the presidential campaign season is about to reach its top gear, at least two Hoosiers have to be watching the race with mixed emotions. Hoosier Republicans Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence both got attention as potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates. […]

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Commentary: Daniels spurs important conversation about health care implementation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Give Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels some credit. And, while we’re at it, let’s give Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rupert Boneham a pat on the back, too. Daniels and Boneham in different ways have made it possible for Indiana to have what much of the rest of the country has missed […]

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Commentary: Mourdock is running race his way, for better or worse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Richard Mourdock is in a strange place. At the same time that his fellow Republicans Mitt Romney and Mike Pence have double-digit leads in polls taken in Indiana over their Democratic opponents in the presidential and gubernatorial races, respectively, Mourdock continues to run neck-and-neck with his Democratic opponent, Joe […]

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Commentary: Campaigns are missing meaningful debate about the working poor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The waitresses, the bus boys and the custodians gathered in clusters in the doorways and at the edges of the rows of tables set for dinner in the huge ballroom at the Convention Center in Indianapolis, their eyes focused on the man speaking. The Rev. Jesse Jackson. It was […]

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Commentary: Make it a campaign, only more so

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – John Gregg, the Democrat running for governor of Indiana, got some bad news a few days ago. An Indiana Chamber of Commerce poll found that he trailed Republican Mike Pence, 50 percent to 32 percent. Libertarian Rupert Boneham claimed 3 percent. The other 15 percent of those sampled were […]

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Commentary: Pence, Gregg must move from feel-good ads to thoughtful proposals

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a pity John Denver died nearly 17 years ago. If he hadn’t, the country folk singer who specialized in tunes that celebrate the simple virtues and pleasures of small-town and country life could have made quite a comeback providing the soundtrack for the 2012 Indiana gubernatorial campaign. As […]

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Commentary: Ryan could change political races in Indiana

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – When Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as his running mate, he changed the dynamics of the presidential race. What’s going to be fascinating is finding out whether or how it will change things here in Indiana. At the national level, Ryan’s presence on the GOP […]

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Commentary: Parties employ learned tactics that are no fun for candidates, voters

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A ride in an elevator with Michael Dukakis demonstrated how quickly a losing presidential candidate’s star dims. The first time I’d interviewed the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate was when he was running for president. That time, he was surrounded by aides, Secret Service agents and crowds. He […]

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Commentary: Leaders must now treat health care law as a reality

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Mitch Daniels’ letter inviting the three candidates who want to succeed him as governor to weigh on how Indiana should implement parts of President Obama’s health care reform law demonstrates at least two things. The first is that the whole debate about health care has become even […]