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Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

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Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore down in Alabama, Democrats picked up a seat in the U.S. Senate and Republicans dodged a bullet. Because the cheers from most Democrats and progressives were so loud, they drowned out the sighs of relief many Republicans and conservatives exhaled when Moore […]

Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

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Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two kinds of pressure prompted U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, to do the right thing and resign. The first, not surprisingly, was political. Democrats now have pushed two powerful and prominent members of their own party – Franken and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan – to resign their offices […]

Commentary: Senate love for sale

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Commentary: Senate love for sale

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican National Committee’s decision once again to start funding Alabama U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore calls to mind an old story attributed to George Bernard Shaw. The Irish playwright found himself locked in a dinner-table discussion with a woman who asserted there were certain […]

Commentary: A little perspective on sex abuse charges

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Commentary: A little perspective on sex abuse charges

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com Every day we turn on the news or pick up a paper to hear or read about another man in a position of power or authority who abused that power by harassing or assaulting women over whom they had control. Liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, religious or secular, the […]

Commentary: Tide will come here, too

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Commentary: Tide will come here, too

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, Matt Lauer and, perhaps, Garrison Keillor are the latest to be washed away by an historic tidal shift. The now former host of NBC’s “Today” and the former host of public broadcasting’s “Prairie Home Companion” likely won’t be the last to go. Not much is known, as I […]

Commentary: The rich want more and Moore

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Commentary: The rich want more and Moore

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The trolls grew silent. When I first wrote about Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate – and accused child molester – Roy Moore’s assaults on both women and decency, I heard from a lot of self-proclaimed conservatives asking “what-abouts.” What about Bill Clinton? What about former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, […]

Commentary: A trap of their own making

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Commentary: A trap of their own making

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It almost seems as if Republicans across the country are determined to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. What other way is there to explain some of the positions they’ve staked out? The ongoing train wreck that is Judge Roy Moore’s U.S. Senate candidacy in Alabama puts his […]

Commentary: Right, wrong and the women in our lives

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Commentary: Right, wrong and the women in our lives

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s wrong regardless of who does it. Groping a woman against her will or without her knowledge is wrong whether a Republican or a Democrat does it. The same goes for pressuring her to have sex if she doesn’t want to or trying to force oneself on her. It […]

Commentary: Trump, Moore and their God-fearing enablers

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Commentary: Trump, Moore and their God-fearing enablers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. should run for public office. If they did, chances are they’d be able to avoid paying the price for their predatory sexual practices. They’d be able to skip away, consequence-free, like President Donald Trump and, possibly, Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate […]

Commentary: Roy Moore’s serial assaults on the rules … and decency

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Commentary: Roy Moore’s serial assaults on the rules … and decency

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – From the beginning of his political career, Alabama Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Judge Roy Moore made it clear that man’s laws just don’t apply to him. Moore made his fame as the “Ten Commandments” judge by trailing a replica of the decalogue around America as if it were a […]