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Indiana lawmakers share in grief after terrorism attack in France

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Every year, France’s Bastille Day is a day of celebration commemorating a major event in the French Revolution. This year’s event, however, was marred by tragedy. 84 people are confirmed dead, according to CNN, and many more were injured after a truck drove into a crowd of people celebrating […]

Commentary: While the world burns, schoolboys squabble

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Commentary: While the world burns, schoolboys squabble

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Really? Are Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas – for all practical purposes, the last two candidates standing in the Republican presidential nomination demolition derby – really the best the GOP could do? The party of Lincoln couldn’t find someone – anyone – better than two guys […]

Commentary: The case for pragmatism

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Commentary: The case for pragmatism

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All too often, history links irony and tragedy. Just days ago, terrorists set off bombs at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, that killed at least 32 people and injured more than 260 others. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – has claimed credit for the […]

Commentary: Panic, the new national pastime

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Commentary: Panic, the new national pastime

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, officials in two Hendricks County school systems cancelled classes. – or perhaps several people – had made a sweeping threat to harm a specific student, her friends, her classmates and, for good measure, all blacks and gays. The threat prompted school and law enforcement leaders in Plainfield […]

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Indiana flags fly at half-staff to honor California shooting victims

‪Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com ‪INDIANAPOLIS – A day after the latest mass shooting tragedy, the nation – Hoosiers included – are looking for ways to support the victims in San Bernardino, California. ‪Gov. Mike Pence has directed flags around the state at businesses and residences to be flown at half-staff. ‪The flags are to remain lowered […]

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14th anniversary of 9/11 marked by tributes

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Flags across the state will fly at half-staff on Friday after Gov. Mike Pence made the order in observance of Patriot Day – a remembrance of those injured and killed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Businesses and residents are asked to lower their flags out of respect. Pence […]

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Budget Committee takes up the issue of heightened security

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State Budget Committee discussed an $873,000 proposal Friday to replace several doors at the Statehouse and other government buildings. The new turnstile doors would be located at several entrances and only allow one person through at a time. John Hill, the governor’s chief of staff for public safety, […]

Commentary: A proposal for the release of hostages held by ISIL

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Commentary: A proposal for the release of hostages held by ISIL

By David Carlson TheStatehouseFile.com The position of the United States government on the issue of negotiating with terrorists such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – is very clear. Unlike other governments, the U.S. and Great Britain have refused to pay a ransom to bring about the release of American and […]