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Commentary: A wish that might come true

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Commentary: A wish that might come true

By Bryan Ault TheStatehouseFile.com  Last August, my wife and I were walking on the beach on an island in Georgia. The sun was setting just behind us, painting the sky with a wonderful mix of orange and blue colors.  The fading lights of shrimp boats dotted the horizon.  Very few people were out walking at […]

Commentary: What’s the price of a soul?

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Commentary: What’s the price of a soul?

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  You’ve got to be wondering what’s going through Mike Pence’s head these days.  BT — that’s Before Trump — Pence had a reputation as a decent, honest guy, at least as far as politicians go. Maybe you didn’t like his positions on abortion or LGBT issues, but you knew at his […]

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Will Gov. Holcomb prove to be an effective leader?

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers generally like Gov. Eric Holcomb more than they liked his predecessor Mike Pence, but the big question is whether his likeability will translate into legislative success. So far, the General Assembly has stalled on several cornerstones of Holcomb’s agenda, pumping the brakes on issues like pre-kindergarten funding, needle […]

Commentary: What goes around…..

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Commentary: What goes around…..

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a joke bouncing through political circles these days that goes like this: “A Democrat says to a Republican, ‘You warned me that if I voted for Hillary Clinton we’d have a president in office with questionable ties to foreign governments, a political culture consumed by one scandal after […]

Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

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Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Moments after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his campaign to become Democratic National Committee chair, the Indiana Republican Party let loose with an email blast. Under the headline “WANTED,” it read: “The Indiana Republican Party is seeking a job focused, purposeful conservative from South Bend who will put […]

Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

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Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Trump administration says its decision to roll back rights for transgender Americans is based on principle. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say they are taking a stand for “states’ rights.” Throughout American history, that’s generally what bigots have said when they […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

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Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence deserves better. The news dominating much of America at present involves former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Before President Donald Trump took office, Flynn, still a private citizen, apparently talked with the Russian ambassador about the sanctions Barack Obama imposed during the waning days of his presidency […]

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Bills become law after Senate, House override Pence vetoes

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two bills are now law after the Senate joined the House in voting to override former Gov. Mike Pence’s vetoes on the bills Tuesday. In Indiana, a governor’s veto can be overridden if a constitutional majority of both chambers—51 representatives, 26 senators—vote to do so. Both bills passed in […]

Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

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Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s check the scorecard right now in the world of politics. The president of the United States now is on the edge of war with the nation’s judicial branch. His angry tweets about a federal judge and now an entire federal appellate court have prompted widespread criticism from, among […]

Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

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Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Billionaire Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education, just gave Vice President Mike Pence his Gloria Swanson/“Sunset Boulevard” moment: “America, I’m ready for my close-up.” Pence, a former governor and congressman from Indiana, cast the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm DeVos. Pence’s vote was the […]