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Commentary: A bulwark slips away

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Commentary: A bulwark slips away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, I haunted the U.S. Senate. I was in Washington, D.C., working on a long profile of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and other stories about Indiana’s congressional delegation. It was 1992, a different era. This was well before the terrors of 9/11. Security in the nation’s capital […]

Commentary: Dick Lugar becomes a verb

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Commentary: Dick Lugar becomes a verb

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Elder statesman status seems to agree with Richard Lugar. As he shows me around the cluttered offices of the Lugar Center here in the nation’s capital, the former six-term Republican U.S. senator from Indiana steps slower than the rat-a-tat-tat quick-step he walked with during his first years in […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar, as usual, talking sense

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Commentary: Richard Lugar, as usual, talking sense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – Minutes after Richard Lugar finished his lecture here at Franklin College, someone in the audience asked him a question. Is it too late to get you to run for president? Lugar, 84, chuckled as laughter and applause danced across the room. “In a word, yes,” the former six-term […]

Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

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Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just before President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivered the State of the Union and the State of the State speeches, four former leaders in Congress floated an intriguing idea. Among them was former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The others were Lugar’s old colleagues in the […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and passing the time of day

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Commentary: Mike Pence and passing the time of day

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The other day, Mike Pence and I happened to enter the Statehouse at the same time. The governor and I shook hands, then took a couple of minutes to chat. Because it was a conversation and not an interview, I’m not going to report it here. And there really […]

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Commentary: The servants reflect and remember

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As voters all over Indiana go to the polls, I talk over the air with four men who, among them, have been on the ballot more than 25 times. Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, and former Indianapolis mayors William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson have run for […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar and an adult approach to Iran

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and an adult approach to Iran

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bless Richard Lugar. Spared the necessity of having to navigate through the ever increasing idiocies of petty partisan politics by being removed from office in 2012 and rejected by the party he served faithfully for more than 50 years, Indiana’s former six-term U.S. senator has become something rare. An […]

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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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Video & story: Carly Fiorina visits Indy, seeks traction in crowded GOP presidential field

Hillary Clinton may not be the only female seeking the Oval Office from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Possible presidential contender Carly Fiorina wouldn’t say Monday how she thinks the GOP should choose which candidates will get to participate in the party’s 2016 presidential debates. Fiorina – in Indianapolis to speak at a […]

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Commentary: Mike Delph, the man who would be kingmaker

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly barely has started and Gov. Mike Pence’s flirtation with running for president already casts a shadow over it. Days before the session opened, the news broke that Indiana Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, planned to push a bill that would allow Pence, […]

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