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David Carlson: Reckoning with theocracy

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What are people of faith to do when others who claim to have the same faith use that faith against democracy? This is the question I wrestle with more and more as advocates of “Christian nationalism” seem intent on subverting our democracy in the name of God.

Abdul Hakim-Shabazz: Some early legislative session thoughts

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With the 2023 legislative session just started, I figured I’d do my traditional “here are some thoughts lawmakers should focus on” piece. Granted, I understand this is a budget year, and lawmakers have lots of priorities to sort out — health care, teacher pay, and property taxes. So, the items below may or may not fall into that category.

Mark Franke: Is this the government we deserve?

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“You get the government you deserve.” — Thomas Jefferson

Lee Hamilton: A lawmaker’s toughest job

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As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and they’ll have plenty of questions about the challenges. But here’s one thing they might not even have imagined: The hardest part of their new jobs may be the most basic — casting a vote on legislation.

JCPL Column: Snuggle Up with a Book Ball: Register, Donate & Read

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Howdy friends, it’s Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire series, and it’s my honor to invite you to join me in participating in the fourth annual Snuggle Up with a Book Ball.

Norman Knight: The joys of grocery shopping

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The traffic crowd in the produce section is typical for an early morning weekday.

Michael Hicks: Three types of public debt

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There are three types of public debt. Each imposes some risks to the economic fortunes of the nation or a state. Each type differs in important ways. Each can be politically manipulated to make searing, but often mistaken points. Indeed, it requires a rare level of political integrity to speak of them with equal concern.

John Krull: Holcomb, neither poetry nor prose

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb took a risk with his seventh State of the State address.