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Commentary: Ukraine, the moment we could use Lugar

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Commentary: Ukraine, the moment we could use Lugar

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the chest-thumping and hand-wringing among our nation’s political class grows in response to the situation in Ukraine, I find myself thinking of a conversation I had with former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. Lugar and I talked in early December 2001, less than three months after the 9/11 […]

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Former Sen. Lugar gets nation’s highest civilian honor

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama on Wednesday presented former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian award – during a ceremony at the White House. Lugar, who represented Indiana in the Senate for more than three decades, “put country above party […]

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Indiana Chamber honors Lugar, others at annual dinner

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Sen. Richard Lugar won the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Government Leader of the Year award on Tuesday night, even though the Republican was ousted from office in 2012. Lugar – who lost in last year’s GOP primary to Richard Mourdock, who then lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly – served […]

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Commentary: Richard Mourdock’s rapid rise and fast fall

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Richard Mourdock right now. A year ago at this time, Mourdock was a rising star in the Republican Party and the national political firmament. He’d earned national notice as Indiana’s state treasurer – not the easiest thing to do – and […]

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Commentary: Strife in GOP party over tax cut plan

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – We are about to see another episode of “Family Feud” in the Indiana political theater. Just days after the Indiana General Assembly came back for the second part of its 2013 legislative session – the part where the hard work gets done – the conservative advocacy group Americans for […]

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New Sen. Joe Donnelly says spending cuts must be next on congressional agenda

Radio report Newly-minted Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he plans on working with a moderate group of senators to reduce the nation’s spending. Tim Grimes of TheStatehouseFile dot com reports: By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In this first news conference as a senator, Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana told reporters Thursday that Congress […]

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Commentary: Lugar and the leadership of the long-distance runner

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Just after Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the primary election that brings to an end his illustrious political career, he called together all the people who had worked for him. All of them were devastated. Many were in tears. It had to have been a hard moment for Lugar. […]

Analysis:  A crowded news year’s top stories

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Analysis: A crowded news year’s top stories

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t easy to pick out the Top 10 government and political stories in a year so packed with interesting issues and campaigns. And it was even tougher to rank the stories I settled on. Of course, you’re likely to quibble with my choices and already I’ve seen other […]

Lugar to take foreign policy expertise to Georgetown University

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., will join the Georgetown Public Policy Institute next spring as a visiting distinguished professor of public policy. Lugar will bring his expertise in international relations, arms control, energy, technology and agricultural policy to the classroom as a guest lecturer in the spring and fall of 2013. […]

Lugar calls for Congress and Obama to work together

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Lugar calls for Congress and Obama to work together

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar used his valedictory speech Wednesday to encourage the incoming Congress to work better together. “In my experience, it is difficult to conceive of a better platform from which to devote oneself to public service and the search for solutions to national and international problems,” he […]

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