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Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

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Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – People sometimes ask me how I know when a politician is lying. Sometimes, the signs are specific to the individual. One elected official I know who, in all other circumstances, is a look-them-straight-in-the-eyes guy always averts his gaze when he’s about to fib. Another starts to stammer when it’s […]

Commentary: What psychic saw all this coming?

Commentary: What psychic saw all this coming?

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com In 2014, I finally read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the satirical novel about World War II experiences and time traveling. In the classic 1969 book, the main character is thrown into the future and sees a bumper sticker that says “Reagan For President.” I thought: “Vonnegut is a psychic genius! How could […]

Commentary: Tormented by the occasional rational thought

Commentary: Tormented by the occasional rational thought

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Oh, if I were only as funny as I wished I was!  Maybe then I could land my dream job, writing for The Onion.  The satirical entertainment publication, self-appointed as “America’s Finest News Source,” clearly loves the material our presidential candidates are supplying these days. My headline today is borrowed directly […]

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Lugar, Hamilton talk political civility at lieutenant governor’s conference

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two distinguished former lawmakers – one Democrat and one Republican – spoke out Wednesday about civility among elected officials. Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar took part in a panel to discuss their experience working with members of the opposing party and the need […]

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Analysis: 3 takeaways from the Pew report on political polarization

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have at least a couple things in common: They are more likely to follow government and political news closely and then lead conversations with others about the topics. In fact, the 20 percent of people who are either far right or […]

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Bennett to pay $5,000 to settle political ethics violations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Ethics Commission unanimously approved a $5,000 settlement between former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and the state on Thursday. The settlement came after Inspector General David Thomas presented his report saying that Bennett violated the state ethics code by using state time and resources for his […]

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Commentary: Partisanship leads to less government accountability

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sometimes people ask me what I’ve got against partisanship. What I dislike about unremitting partisanship is that it first makes people blind. Then it makes them stupid. And, finally, it gives them immature views of the way government and humanity work. Consider this latest flap over the Obama administration’s […]

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Karl Rove, Robert Gibbs to meet for dual lecture at IU Bloomington

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University will host a pair of political heavyweights for a public talk just weeks before the Nov. 6 election. The event at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the IU Auditorium in Blooming will feature Robert Gibbs, a former press secretary to President Barack Obama, and Karl Rove, who was […]

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Sen. Dick Lugar to join advisory board for National Institute for Civil Discourse

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., will join the advisory board of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. “The American people want constructive dialogue from their leaders and recognize the dangers to American unity that are inherent in unrelenting partisanship,” Lugar said in a statement about […]

Commentary: Grandfather, minister offer valuable lessons for political season

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Commentary: Grandfather, minister offer valuable lessons for political season

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As this election season enters its final weeks and the vitriol flowing from both political parties reaches flood stage, I find myself thinking about my grandfather and a good friend of his, the local Presbyterian minister. Grandpa spent his life as a school teacher, a principal and a Boy […]

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