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Commentary: I thought I would write a book

Commentary: I thought I would write a book

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com It is the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. June 26, 2015 was the day that the fundamental right to marry became guaranteed to same-sex couples in America. A year ago, I suggested that this date would someday appear on high school history […]

Commentary: Getting to know your dance partner

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Commentary: Getting to know your dance partner

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I saw a quote on Twitter yesterday in reference to Indiana’s 5 percent jobless rate by Gov. Mike Pence that caught my eye. He said: “There is no denying the momentum of our strong Hoosier economy.” I know that is not very eye-catching for most people. Luckily, I am excited about […]

Commentary: Not why you run for office

Commentary: Not why you run for office

By Michael Leppert http://www.contrariana.com I am often amazed at the disconnect that exists between a campaign for executive branch offices and the the list of things that really shape terms actually served. Successfully managing government, and the unpredictable crises that come your way is usually more vital than that stump speech that entertained rallies and […]

Commentary: Blocking the view of the exit

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Commentary: Blocking the view of the exit

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com One of the first things the passengers on a commercial flight are told is to find the location of the nearest exit. Nice opener, I always thought.  “Welcome to our comfortable and safe vessel designed to magically deliver you hundreds or thousands of miles away from here where your dreams can […]

Commentary: A Salute to the Boat Rockers

Commentary: A Salute to the Boat Rockers

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com All aboard! I think exclamation points are way overused, but the candidate list for Indiana’s U.S. Senate race next year may have earned one. I had a chance to briefly talk to two friends this week: one who is thinking about running for the Senate, and another who just entered the […]

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Commentary: Great compared to nothing

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com President Obama last week announced a deal aimed at reducing the threat of a nuclear weapon being developed in Iran. He was joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in a negotiated settlement with Iran that is now on its way to the United Nations for approval. Besides […]

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Commentary: We’re better than everyone

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com My younger son and I went to a Chicago White Sox game this Independence Day weekend as we have the last three years. They have great holiday fireworks, fantastic food, oh, and the White Sox even won a good game as a bonus this year, 1-0 over the Orioles. One of […]

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Commentary: 22 for torture

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com It was a violent time last week in America. Uncommonly violent sort of. On Wednesday, another mass shooting occurred, this time in a racially motivated incident in a Charleston, South Carolina church.  This tragedy overshadowed an important decision made by the U.S. Senate the day before on interrogation standards of the Central […]

Commentary: Socrates meets Glenda Ritz

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Commentary: Socrates meets Glenda Ritz

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com So, Socrates and Glenda Ritz walk into a bar… Only philosophy nerds might think that is the beginning of a funny joke. And maybe a blogger. If I had the chance to have a conversation with Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, it would almost certainly sound like I was […]