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Commentary: Debate on right-to-work sounds familiar

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Commentary: Debate on right-to-work sounds familiar

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The opening day of the 2012 Indiana General Assembly started with a surrender and then veered to a slowdown. Back to business as usual. The surrender came Tuesday morning, less than three hours before the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate were set to gavel themselves into […]

Commentary: Statehouse rules unfair to public

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Commentary: Statehouse rules unfair to public

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Long ago, when I was but a lad, I took a school tour of the Statehouse. “Welcome to the people’s house,” the tour guide greeted us. The people’s house. Given the new directive limiting access to the Statehouse to 3,000 visitors at any time, state officials have managed to […]

Commentary: A gentler political battle

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Commentary: A gentler political battle

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — It has been nearly 50 years since Birch Bayh last traveled the route that led to a battle over right-to-work legislation, but he still knows several of the signs along the road. “I don’t think the issues have changed too much over the years,” the former three-term […]

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Commentary: Gingrich’s politically divided America

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Newt Gingrich sat in his office, his feet pushing against the coffee table in front of him as he tilted back in a straight-backed chair. As he talked, Gingrich smiled like a kid who was getting away with something.  Sometimes, he pushed the coffee table too hard and it […]

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Commentary: White case is strange and undignified

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Most people thought that the story of Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White already was as strange as it could get. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Louis Rosenberg’s ruling on Thursday proved that White’s tale could get even stranger. Rosenberg, a Democrat, ruled that White, a Republican, […]

Remembering those who serve our country

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Remembering those who serve our country

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—The news that the last troops were leaving Iraq and coming home stirred up a memory. More than 40 years ago, I spent part of my summer at a YMCA day camp in central Ohio.  Two counselors there had the same first name.  We kids called them Terry 1 […]

Commentary: Democrats reveal their disarray

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Commentary: Democrats reveal their disarray

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Will Rogers once said: “I’m not a member of any organized party.  I’m a Democrat.” At the end of last week and through the weekend, Indiana Democrats did their best to demonstrate that Rogers was right. The comedy began last week when Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan […]

Commentary: Watch for the hidden agendas

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Commentary: Watch for the hidden agendas

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Magicians know that the secret of the trick is misdirection. One hand waves in the air, commanding the audience’s attention, while the other hand – the hidden hand – does the work that makes the trick happen. The same goes for politics. You have to watch the […]

Chief justice prefers ‘transitioning’ to ‘retiring’

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Chief justice prefers ‘transitioning’ to ‘retiring’

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard looks tired. It is the afternoon of the day he announced his retirement from the Indiana Supreme Court.  When he steps down on March 4, he will have served as chief justice for 25 years and have been on the court for […]

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Shepard leaving Indiana Supreme Court

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said Wednesday that he would retire from the bench in the spring. The announcement that Shepard, who has been serving on the Supreme Court since 1985 and has been chief justice since 1987, brought immediate reaction from around the state. Gov. […]