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Janet get your gun: Incoming first lady provides gun safety training

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  EDINBURGH, Ind. — First lady-designee Janet Holcomb started her husband’s inauguration weekend out with a bang. Janet Holcomb, a National Rifle Association certified shooting and safety training instructor, hosted a virtual weapon training experience with nearly 450 constituents Saturday. The purpose of the event was instruct Hoosiers on proper weapon training […]

Democrats work to get voters to the polls

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With Election Day nearing, Indiana Democrats said they have four words for Hoosiers: Get out and vote. The Indiana Democrats held their final pre-election rally Saturday. The party’s “Moving Indiana Forward” tour bus took prominent Democratic candidates on an eight-day tour of the state. The tour made stops at […]

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Not sure who’s running for governor? You’re not alone

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Before being named the Republican gubernatorial candidate in July, just days after Gov. Mike Pence joined the Republican presidential ticket, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s name didn’t ring a bell for many Hoosiers. Since losing to Pence in the 2012 election for governor, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg was dubbed […]

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State Democrats nominate attorney general, superintendent of public instruction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosier Democrats made their way to the Indiana Democratic State Convention Saturday afternoon to nominate the Democratic nominees for attorney general, lieutenant governor and state superintendent of public instruction. Current Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz proudly accepted the nomination for a second four-year term. “I […]

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Analysis: Reflections after 20 years under the Statehouse dome

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty years ago when I arrived at the Indiana Statehouse to begin covering the General Assembly, the beat was among the most respected in the newsroom. Covering the legislature meant you were doing something that mattered – writing stories about taxes, highways, education and social issues, stories that helped […]

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Video: Food truck Thursday at the Statehouse

Food truck Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse! from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Every Thursday food trucks line Senate Ave. next to the Indiana Statehouse and government building to serve the people working a different lunch! Any Thursday you could choose from eight to 15 different trucks with a variety of styles.

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Pence appoints dozens to state boards, commissions

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has made appointments to the following boards and commissions. Business Law Survey Commission Noell Allen, Hancock County, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor Stuart Gutwein, Tippecanoe County, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor Janet Monroe, Marion County, appointed to serve at […]

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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

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Vincennes University will use $2 million to build coal mine replica

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Vincennes University will build a $2 million replica of a coal mine at its campus in Fort Branch that will be used for hands-on safety training for workers. The State Budget Committee approved the funding last week after lawmakers included the money in the current two-year budget. “The mine […]

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Commentary: Great compared to nothing

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com President Obama last week announced a deal aimed at reducing the threat of a nuclear weapon being developed in Iran. He was joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in a negotiated settlement with Iran that is now on its way to the United Nations for approval. Besides […]