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Commentary: GOP needs to crunch different numbers

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Commentary: GOP needs to crunch different numbers

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com  A few days ago, the Republican National Committee released its 100-page “Growth and Opportunity” Report, dissecting what went wrong in 2012 and outlining changes the party must undertake to be successful in future elections. The report suggests Republicans need to shed their image as a party of old white straight men, […]

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Commentary: The case for Common Core

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org For the most part I have been agnostic about whether Indiana should stay in or opt out of Common Core.  For those of you who don’t wear tinfoil hats or are waiting for the black helicopters to come by your house or for that matter just have a life, Common Core […]

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Commentary: Debate commission needs work

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com In 2008, I played a small role in giving birth to the Indiana Debate Commission, so I feel somewhat entitled and compelled to suggest it needs a serious overhaul.  Indiana’s Debate Commission is modeled on the Commission on Presidential Debates that has successfully sponsored and produced each of the presidential debates […]

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Pence says he opposes bills to expand gambling options

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants lawmakers to drop proposals that would expand gaming in Indiana – a stance that casts doubt on the future of a bill that would overhaul the state’s casino laws. He said he opposes allowing the state’s horse track-casino operations in Anderson […]

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Behning says no hearing – at least for now – to bill to pausing Common Core

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the House Education Committee said Tuesday he has no plans now to hear a bill passed by the Senate that would pause Indiana’s implementation of the Common Core curriculum. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said that slowing down Common Core – a set of standards created by […]

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Senate passes bill to regulate license plates for nonprofit groups

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill that would require nonprofit groups to sell 500 specialty license plates per year or lose the plate passed the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1279 is meant to address a sometimes controversial specialty license plate system in which the state serves as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Supporters of […]

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Senate passes bill to add dementia training for police

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate Tuesday approved a bill that would require police academies to provide training for law enforcement officials in ways to deal with people who have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. House Bill 1044 requires police academies to include training on interacting with people suffering from Alzheimer’s and […]

Commentary: A calm, quiet session ain’t a bad thing

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Commentary: A calm, quiet session ain’t a bad thing

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org Since everyone is getting into the mid-session assessment of the Indiana General Assembly, I figured no analysis would be complete without your favorite political talking head diving knee deep into the hoopla. First of all, if you think things have been relatively quiet at the Statehouse, you are correct.  There is […]

Analysis: Not much call for tax cut

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Analysis: Not much call for tax cut

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I was speaking on a panel this week at the Downtown GOP Club – an Indianapolis Republican group – when one of the members asked this question: Does anyone in the public actually want an income tax cut? “No,” John Ketzenberger, president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, said […]

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Commentary: Pelath strikes new, better tone for Democrats

By Cam Savage Special to TheStatehouseFile.com  I’m extremely disappointed with Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath. I predicted Pelath would be a total disaster of a minority leader.  Let’s be fair – as a Republican, I hoped he would be. So far, he’s been anything but. Pelath became leader of the House Democrats after the […]