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Commentary: Republicans act invulnerable – especially on education

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lord Acton said it best. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely,” he wrote. Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly seem to see Acton’s words not as a caution, but as an endorsement of their education plans. A few days ago, the House Education Committee […]

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Commentary: All of us are responsible for government we create

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to tell when the notion began to sink in that too many Americans have forgotten the point of the American Revolution. Maybe the tipping point came a few days ago when U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., took a page from the GOP leadership’s playbook and sent out […]

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Commentary: Indiana’s conservative government experiment is not full success

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the coming years, Indiana may become a focus of national attention – as a laboratory for conservative models of governance. For past eight years and, now, the next four, the Hoosier state has had and will have governors who are conservative activists. For last two election cycles, the […]

Commentary: Long’s constitutional proposal shows even ‘moderate’ Republicans are too far right

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Commentary: Long’s constitutional proposal shows even ‘moderate’ Republicans are too far right

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day in an odd way. On a day when most people were thinking about hearts and flowers, Long called for a new federal constitutional constitution. He said he wants the states to consider two issues for […]

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Commentary: President, GOP leaders seem too mired in the past

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the beginning of his fifth State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama summoned the specter of John F. Kennedy. In JFK’s 1962 State of the Union speech, Obama recalled, the late president reminded members of Congress “that the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners […]

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Commentary: Warehousing mentally ill in jail is bad public policy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Sheriff John Layton says it plain. The way we’re dealing with mentally ill people in Indiana and America in many ways is at best short-sighted and at worst dangerous. We’re talking about the connections between mental health and the explosions of violence that have dotted the land. […]

Commentary: Marriage questions split GOP loyalties

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Commentary: Marriage questions split GOP loyalties

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The battle over gay marriage in Indiana has been postponed for at least another year – and maybe even longer than that. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced that the Indiana General Assembly won’t be voting on a […]

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Commentary: It’s way too soon to ask Pence, ‘Are we there yet?’

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org I never thought I would live to see the day that I would have to reference an Ice Cube film in order to make my point. For those of you over 40 and melanin-challenged, Ice Cube is a rapper-turned-actor. He was a hard core “gangster rapper” in his early career and […]

Commentary: Doubt prods thinking that can lead to compromise

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Commentary: Doubt prods thinking that can lead to compromise

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A caller named Tim took the talk about guns where it needed to go – to the place where many thoughtful Americans now are. His call came near the end of the radio show I host. For the better part of an hour, Indiana Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, school […]

Commentary: Pence needs to drive someplace on that roadmap

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Commentary: Pence needs to drive someplace on that roadmap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Mike Pence was running for governor, he loved to talk about his Roadmap for Indiana. Even after he got elected, he continued doing it – and even took to using it as a visual prop at news conferences. Critics complained that Pence’s roadmap was only slightly more specific […]