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Commentary: Lessons in gender and government service

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Commentary: Lessons in gender and government service

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels’ choice of his former counsel Mark Massa to serve as Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice called attention to two political dynamics. The most obvious, of course, is the issue of gender. Indiana is one of only three states in the union not to have […]

Commentary: Zoeller acting on principle in health care suit

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Commentary: Zoeller acting on principle in health care suit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller called the other day to express cordial disagreement with a column I wrote. And the thing is: He had a valid point. The column was about the lawsuit challenging the health care reform law that the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing […]

Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

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Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and a fellow Republican, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, got together a few days ago at a press conference to denounce President Obama’s health care law. A suit filed by 26 states – Indiana among them – to set aside the law will […]

Commentary: Special interests use scare tactics that work

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Commentary: Special interests use scare tactics that work

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly a century ago, Sen. Henry Fountain Ashurst, D-Ariz., had the nerve to say what a lot of politicians think. “When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget,” Ashurst […]

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 […]