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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chauffeured in a golf cart, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, rolls through and past mountains of food stacked on shelves. I stride along behind, beside and sometimes ahead of Lugar, 85, as he takes a tour of Gleaners, a huge food bank on the southwest side of Indianapolis. […]

Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, I found myself seated next to then-U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, at a dinner. It was just a few weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush had declared “war” on terrorism. Our march toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq had […]

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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