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Commentary: Lawmakers end legislative session quietly

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Commentary: Lawmakers end legislative session quietly

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Late on a day in the last week of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2012 legislative session, a lobbyist stopped for a chat. The talk turned to the right-to-work battle that dominated the month of January. “Man,” he said. “That seems like it was years ago now. And […]

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Commentary: Chief Justice Randall Shepard as he exits a job he never really planned

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Randall Shepard says he didn’t plan to be Indiana’s longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court. In fact, he didn’t even plan to be a judge. Sitting down now for an hour-long radio interview with me, Shepard says that the decision was a result of “preparation and […]

Commentary: Hearing more than background noise

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Commentary: Hearing more than background noise

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – It happened once again, this time in Ohio. Another troubled boy. Another school. Another gun. More deaths. More shattered lives. More tragedy. More grief. It’s impossible to know exactly why TJ Lane, 17, decided to start shooting in the cafeteria at the high school in Chardon. It’s […]

Commentary: Chamber wants accountability for all but its own jobs talk

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Commentary: Chamber wants accountability for all but its own jobs talk

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – If there is one word that has defined the business community’s political agenda for the past generation, it is “accountability.” Hoosier business leaders – and their lobbying arm, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce – seem to want accountability for everyone and everything. They want it for all […]

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Commentary: Lugar hasn’t changed, conservatism has

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a poll came out showing that Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and then Gov. Evan Bayh, a Democrat, ranked as the most admired figures in Indiana politics. A single percentage point separated them. They both had public approval ratings hovering around 70 percent. The poll […]

Commentary: No winners in Charlie White saga

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Commentary: No winners in Charlie White saga

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – At the Gridiron Dinner Wednesday night, a group of lobbyists who called themselves the Statehouse Steps sang a funny song about former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White. Well, at least it should have been funny. The lyrics were witty and the performance was great, but the […]

Commentary: The Morris key to finding hidden threats

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Commentary: The Morris key to finding hidden threats

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone wants to make fun of Indiana Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, for voting against honoring the Girl Scouts on the 100th anniversary of their founding. That’s not fair. We could learn a lot from Rep. Morris. He sees things that the rest of us just miss. […]

Commentary: Controlling the debate

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Commentary: Controlling the debate

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. The portrait of the conservative game plan that has begun to come together isn’t exactly a picture of self-government at its finest. Consider the news from the Indiana General Assembly last week.  Word slipped out that Eric […]

Commentary: Leaders make good decisions in religious battles

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Commentary: Leaders make good decisions in religious battles

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – For a moment, we may have a cease-fire in the religious wars. Within days, the president of the United States and the speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives took steps back from looming fights over what some strange allies called battles for “religious liberty.” President Barack […]

Commentary: Soundbites reveal much about gubernatorial campaigns

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Commentary: Soundbites reveal much about gubernatorial campaigns

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence did the duel of photo ops and sound bites last week as they formally filed to run for governor this year. Pence – flanked by 92 volunteers, one from each of Indiana’s 92 counties – came to the Indiana secretary […]