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Commentary: We shall overcome, 21st century version

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Commentary: We shall overcome, 21st century version

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow it’s fitting that the U.S. Supreme Court decided to consider states’ bans on same-sex marriages just as the nation started the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. It’s become a cliché now to say that the fight to secure equal rights for gay Americans has become this generation’s […]

Commentary: If I must have Scott, make it free

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Commentary: If I must have Scott, make it free

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com  As a Christian, I find it repugnant, indeed sinful, to allow my tax dollars to fund the salary of State Sen. Scott Schneider, who, along with the majority of his colleagues, is a chronic and professional liar in violation of the Law of Moses.   Christians do believe in repentance and […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The big stories plus the winners and losers of 2014

This week, we welcome guests Chelsea Schneider of The Courier & Press in Evansville and Brandon Smith of the Indiana Public Broadcasting to talk about the top stories of 2014 – as well as the year’s winners and losers.

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ANALYSIS: Biggest winners and losers of 2014

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As the year draws to a close and the 2015 legislative session fast approaches, it seems fitting to look back on the biggest “winners” and “losers” of 2014 in Indiana government and politics. This year saw its fair share of controversy, top stories and success, so narrowing down the […]

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Commentary: When taxpayers are the butt of the joke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They made jokes about it. This was more than 10 years ago, when I was the executive director of what was then the Indiana Civil Liberties Union – now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The members of the Indiana General Assembly had before them a proposal to […]

Commentary: Supremes pass, justice wins

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Commentary: Supremes pass, justice wins

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com What do you call a court action, or non-action, that makes a whole bunch of people deliriously happy, leaves a great many others pleased or indifferent, and incenses a substantial minority who come away unharmed? How about a home run? I can’t help noticing, as I tap out this essay in […]

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It’s official: Court orders marriage licenses issued to gay couples

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – County clerks across Indiana can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples under a mandate the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued Tuesday morning. The move comes one day after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to consider requests from Indiana and four other states to uphold their laws banning […]

Commentary: Same-sex marriage, sunrise, sunset

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Commentary: Same-sex marriage, sunrise, sunset

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The sun rose Tuesday morning, just as it did Monday morning and the morning before that. Just like it has every other day. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider appeals from several states, including Indiana, to overturn appeals court decisions striking down those states’ bans on […]

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Video & story: Gay marriage now legal in Indiana, high court opts not to review lower court decision

Gay marriage now legal in Indiana from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Hannah Troyer & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gay marriage is now legal in Indiana. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indiana and four other states, a move that leaves in place lower court rulings that legalize same-sex unions. Those rulings […]

Commentary: How marriage inequality has hurt us all

Commentary: How marriage inequality has hurt us all

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com One of our greatest Indiana-connected poets, the late Ruth Stone, waited until age 85 to win her full due; and then came the deluge. National Book Award. National Book Critics Circle Award. Wallace Stevens Award. Poet Laureate of Vermont, a post once held by Robert Frost. Poetry, arguably, wasn’t her greatest […]