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Commentary: The difference between nonpartisan and bipartisan

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Commentary: The difference between nonpartisan and bipartisan

By Greg Zoeller Special to The Statehouse File During the primary election season there was much discussion regarding whether bipartisanship is a positive or negative attribute as it relates to the work of the United States Congress. When I speak to students, I often mention the vital role of partisanship within the legislative branch of […]

Commentary: Deregulation has costs, too

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Commentary: Deregulation has costs, too

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File   Imagine how your spouse might react if you said, “Hey, honey, did I mention that I just lost about 10 percent of our annual income at the track?  I’m not sure what went wrong because I put money on a whole bunch of horses so I could […]

Gregg offers tax cut plan

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File   INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg proposed a plan Wednesday to cut corporate tax and targeted tax credits for businesses headquartered in Indiana. Gregg said his plan would create jobs and growth by leveling the playing field for homegrown businesses and companies that create job growth within […]

Commentary: After the vote, Lugar continues the debate

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Commentary: After the vote, Lugar continues the debate

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar’s 20-point loss this week to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the state’s GOP primary was not nearly as surprising to his fellow Republicans as what he did next: Offer a public critique of Mourdock. Lugar – who emailed the long statement to […]

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Analysis: The back story on Gregg’s gas tax plan

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – When Democrat John Gregg announced this week he would push for the elimination of the sales tax on gas – and fund the plan by eliminating more than $500 million in spending elsewhere in state government – I flashed back to a tax cut plan he’d proposed […]

Mourdock and Lugar both did well at debate

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Mourdock and Lugar both did well at debate

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The most interesting thing about a recent poll in the Senate battle was not the horserace numbers but the fact that nearly a quarter of likely Republican primary voters have not yet decided how they will cast their ballots. That number raised the stakes in a Senate […]

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Daniels signs higher ed changes into law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed bills Friday that are meant to make it easier for college students to graduate more quickly while spending less money. Daniels signed House Bill 1220, which is meant to curtail so-called credit creep, when universities add credits to majors and minors that force […]

Analysis: Taxes are only one piece of the discussion

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Analysis: Taxes are only one piece of the discussion

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mike Pence has a team of experts helping him decide what changes to make in Indiana’s tax code to help spur economic development and create jobs in the state. Pence – the state’s 6th District congressman who is running for governor – has given only hints […]

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Guest column: Why Indiana challenged the health care law

By Greg Zoeller Special to The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS–On March 26, the United States Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings with six hours of oral argument on the constitutional challenge filed by Indiana and 25 other states against certain sections of the federal health care law: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, […]

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Daniels picks Connie Lawson as secretary of state

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday appointed state Sen. Connie Lawson, R-Danville to replace the convicted Charlie White as Indiana secretary of state. “Indiana has probably never been served by a secretary of state better prepared on day one,” Daniels said. Lawson has served in the Senate since […]