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Commentary: GOP extends Donnelly a lifeline

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Commentary: GOP extends Donnelly a lifeline

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No matter how determined U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, seems to be to alienate his base and lose next year’s election for his seat, it appears his Republican opponents are just as determined to find ways to keep him in the race. Maybe even more so. A few weeks […]

Commentary: Trump, Messer and the question of legitimacy

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Commentary: Trump, Messer and the question of legitimacy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – No one can match the zeal of a late-in-life convert to a cause. Or the hypocrisy. Republicans and conservatives now are up in arms that people are trying to “delegitimatize” the presidency of Donald Trump. This is wrong, wrong, wrong, they say – ignoring the fact that we Americans […]

Commentary: Attempts to delegitimatize President Trump undermine our republic

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Commentary: Attempts to delegitimatize President Trump undermine our republic

By Luke Messer Special to TheStatehouseFile.com “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” said pop star Madonna in a profanity-laced speech at the Women’s March on Washington last weekend. Ignoring for a moment that 18 U.S. Code 2385 makes it a felony to “knowingly or willfully” threaten violence against the […]

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Republican delegation wants GI Bill benefits returned to ITT Tech students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Six of Indiana’s U.S. representatives filed legislation Tuesday to help veterans regain their GI Bill education benefits after the closure of ITT Technical Institute. Carmel-based ITT Tech shut down all of its campuses on Sept. 6, leaving more than 1,000 Hoosier students without degrees. While current federal law allows students […]

Commentary: Millennials deserve truth about student loan debt

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Commentary: Millennials deserve truth about student loan debt

By Luke Messer Special to TheStatehouseFile.com For centuries, scholars have said “knowledge is power.” In the computer age, we say “information is king.” Both phrases highlight the importance of knowing the facts before making big decisions. The same principals unequivocally apply to student borrowing. As education costs continue to rise, students must know precisely the […]

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All nine of Indiana’s congressional incumbents reelected

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All of Indiana’s incumbent congressional candidates won their seats easily on Tuesday. Voters reelected seven Republicans and two Democrats to the U.S. House. Neither of the state’s Senate seats was on the ballot. First term U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, a Republican, won reelection easily to her 5th District seat. […]

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For US House freshmen, definition of success rarely includes legislation

By Ayana Stewart SHFWire WASHINGTON – Voters who live in an area represented by a first-time U.S. representative shouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens to bills from their congressional district. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, recalls orientation during his first days in Washington and being told that passing legislation as a freshman is “just not going to […]

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Indiana senators say yes to budget, debt deal; House members split votes

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Indiana’s two U.S. senators voted Wednesday night for a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit but the state’s House delegation split its votes. Congressional leaders came up with the stop-gap measure that would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and raise the […]