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Commentary:  A third-rate reality TV show

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Commentary: A third-rate reality TV show

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, this is what a demolition derby without cars looks like. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is running the executive branch of the world’s oldest and most powerful republic as if it were a third-tier reality TV show. Senior administration officials – Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, […]

Commentary: John McCain: Hero, maverick, hypocrite?

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Commentary: John McCain: Hero, maverick, hypocrite?

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com  John McCain is perhaps the most confounding politician of our day. Hero, crook, maverick, sycophant, straight-shooter, hypocrite — all apt descriptions of the Republican senator from Arizona who battles an aggressive form of brain cancer. What will the final legacy be? Will he go down as the maverick who called […]

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‘American hero’ McCain gains support from Hoosiers in his cancer battle

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier leaders are sharing encouraging words with U.S. Sen. John McCain following his brain cancer diagnosis. McCain is known as a tough fighter, both in politics and during his time spent as a POW in Vietnam. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, who represents Indiana’s 6th District as a Republican, said McCain […]

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Candidates focus on veterans as election nears

By Adrianna Pitrelli and Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Indiana celebrated the dedication of the new Bicentennial Plaza Saturday, candidates from both parties took advantage of the extra traffic in downtown Indianapolis. Candidates for governor, John Gregg and Eric Holcomb, as well as those in the Senate race, Evan Bayh and Todd Young, appeared […]

Commentary: The GOP, in tatters

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Commentary: The GOP, in tatters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Great humorists know the line separating comedy and tragedy is a fine one. Consider the jest by the immortal Will Rogers. He said once that Democrats form a firing squad by arranging themselves in a circle and then shooting back toward the center. Substitute the word “Republicans” for “Democrats” […]

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Analysis: Political surrogates are most successful when they show up informed

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some of the biggest names in politics – Bill Clinton, John McCain and Chris Christie – have traveled to Indiana in the past few weeks to stump for Hoosier candidates generally and the guys running for U.S. Senate in particular. But a funny thing happened on the way to […]