• Lee Hamilton Indiana University Senior Adviser

As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost certainly going to get worse.

  • Kent Crossley and Suzanne Koesel Contributing Writers

Long after active duty ends, some of our service members and families face a growing drug crisis – opioid overdoses. According to a study by Veterans Affairs, veterans are twice as likely to die from overdoses as civilians.

  • Sen. Jean Leising INDIANA DISTRICT 42

For the last six years, I’ve authored legislation to require cursive writing in schools, but while each bill passed the Senate, none were given a hearing in the House of Representatives.

  • Tami Silverman Indiana Youth Institute

It is the time of year when many of us plan big family meals, decorate our homes and start holiday shopping. At the same time, we have all heard the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive.” So amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, how do we teach our children to go beyond consumerism to…

  • Eric Holcomb Indiana Governor

There’s a cloud of uncertainty hanging over one of Indiana’s most important employment sectors – the medical device industry. A sales tax on medical devices that has been suspended since 2016 will resume in 2018 unless Congress takes action to repeal it by the end of this year.

  • Andrea Neal Contributing Writer

James Madison and the Founding Fathers believed an informed citizenry was the chief protection of the republican government they had created. Madison stated, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which kno…

  • Connie Lawson Indiana Secretary of State

Recently, my office and I have come under attack for following federal and state law regarding voter rolls. Misinformation is being spread by various groups that if your name matches the name of a voter in another state or if you fail to vote, you will be removed from the rolls. Others have …

  • Sen. Jean Leising INDIANA DISTRICT 42

In the last year, the United States has experienced numerous cyberattacks, putting large amounts of personal, professional and financial-related information at risk of being stolen.

  • Jon Laramore GUEST COLUMNIST

Every Hoosier is entitled to equal justice under the law. Unfortunately, the legal playing field is not always level – especially for low-income residents who cannot afford legal representation. When a landlord evicts, a credit card company collects, or a splitting couple contests custody or…

  • Joe Donnelly U.S. Senator 

For years I have been calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together to improve the health care law. Over the past several months, I’ve engaged in bipartisan conversations and meetings with my colleagues to discuss ways we can partner together to stabilize our health care markets. We’…


It’s no secret that America’s immigration system is broken. Illegal immigration threatens our national security and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars each year.

  • Rep. Randy Frye INDIANA DISTRICT 67

Fall is here, which means farmers throughout the state are in the fields for another harvest season. With more than 57,000 farms in Indiana, it’s likely you will encounter farm equipment on the roadways. Please remember to be alert, slow down and share the road.

  • Teresa Meredith Indiana State Teachers Association

A caring, qualified teacher in every classroom – that’s what every parent and grandparent expects for their children or grandchildren. Yet in many classrooms across the state, long-term substitute teachers with little experience or training are instructing students daily. There is a serious …

  • Lee Hamilton Indiana University Senior Adviser

I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song "Home on the Range." You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word." That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is discouragement.

WHEREAS, cities across America have been plagued by the numerous problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; and

  • John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – A lot has happened on the soap opera “As the Nation Disintegrates” since we last tuned in.

  • Christopher Aune Guest Columnist

Last weekend (Oct. 8), about a dozen 49ers football players took a knee during the national anthem at the Colts game in Indianapolis.

Whereas, home should be a place of warmth, unconditional love, tranquility and security, and for most of us, home and family can indeed be counted among our greatest blessings. Tragically, for many Americans, these are blessings that are tarnished by violence and fear; and

  • Gregory Hess Wabash College

Wabash College provides a transformative educational experience, unsurpassed opportunities and an extensive support network for young men of promise, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our commitment to changing the lives of all young men of promise and our special allegiance to th…

  • Lee Hamilton Indiana University Senior Adviser

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without a strong bipartisan voice.”

  • Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com

Imagine working in an industry where bribery and extortion are just how you conduct your everyday business.

  • Sen. Jean Leising INDIANA DISTRICT 42

September marked the 20th anniversary of the creation of Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan, an education savings tool free from state and federal taxes.

  • Rep. Luke Messer DISTRICT 6

There’s a reason President Trump and Vice President Pence chose Indiana to unveil their tax cut plan. Thanks to years of strong Hoosier leadership, our state is the envy of the nation for low-tax policies that keep our economy growing.

  • Brian Howey Howey Politics Indiana

COLUMBIA CITY – Vice President Mike Pence journeyed back home to Indiana recently to make his pitch for President Trump’s emerging tax reform plan. “The good news is the Senate’s close to moving forward with legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare as we speak,” Pence told a crowd in Ande…

  • James F. Burns Guest Columnist

I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag.

  • Suzanne Koesel Centerstone

With nearly 100 deaths a day stemming from opioid abuse, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death to Americans – beating car crashes, gun accidents and HIV infection. According to STAT, opioids could kill nearly half a million Americans over the next decade, bringing the death toll over…

  • Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com

There is a powerful scene in episode seven of “The Crown,” the Netflix series about the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, where the young monarch confronts that aging lion of Great Britain, Winston Churchill.

  • Rep. Randy Frye INDIANA DISTRICT 67

Next month is fire prevention month, and as a retired firefighter, I cannot stress enough the importance of implementing a fire safety plan. Unfortunately, seven people in the United States dies in home fires each day. Every second counts, which is why a fire safety plan is imperative to pre…

  • Christopher Aune Contributing Writer

In a commentary in The Herald-Tribune Sept. 15, well known Hoosier Lee Hamilton pointed out that Americans want the two political parties to work together. I look a little deeper to see the underlying forces at work.

  • Brian Howey Syndicated Columnist

INDIANAPOLIS – If I’m gonna go to the Amazon, I’m going to pack and pack tight, take a first aid kit, mosquito netting, a hammock, a Sears poncho, rations, trail mix, potable water and ... cold beer.

  • Sen. Jean Leising INDIANA DISTRICT 42

Keeping our children safe is a top priority for the Indiana General Assembly every year. During the 2017 legislative session, we passed laws to create child abuse prevention measures in schools and require teachers and other employees of public, nonpublic and charter schools who work with st…

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