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Pence calls for more and better vocational education

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File GREENWOOD, Ind. — Republican Mike Pence said Tuesday that the first public policy initiative in his campaign for governor would be a push to improve technical and vocational education for Indiana high school students. He didn’t say, though, how the state would pay for the changes. Pence said he […]

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The Public Access Seminars return

Staff Report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The second annual Public Access Seminar will kick off on June 19. The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon in Indiana Government Center South and the second will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the offices of The Indianapolis Star. There will be […]

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Democrats take convention out of Indianapolis

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – This weekend, the Democrats will get to do what their Republican colleagues did last weekend: hold a convention. The Democrats will gather Friday and Saturday in Fort Wayne. This is the first time the Democratic convention will be held anywhere outside of Indianapolis. Democratic gubernatorial nominee John […]

Commentary: A slap says a lot

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Commentary: A slap says a lot

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Minutes after Democratic challenger Tom Barrett delivered his concession speech in the election to recall Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a woman slapped Barrett. The woman, a devoted Democrat, said that Barrett had yielded too early – although the Milwaukee mayor clearly was beaten. In doing so, […]

Daniels honors those who served at Memorial Day event

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers gathered at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial on Monument Circle Friday to mark Memorial Day. For the eighth and final time, Gov. Mitch Daniels presided over the 500 Festival Memorial Service. In his speech, Daniels emphasized the importance of remembering those who served in the past and […]

Commentary: Democrats should give voters a real choice

Commentary: Democrats should give voters a real choice

By Shaw Friedman Special to The Statehouse File Any Democrat looking at either statewide office or the state legislature needs to think twice before embracing Republican calls for yet more budget-busting cuts in corporate taxes as a way to spur job growth. Not only is such a plan lousy politics, the evidence is overwhelming that […]

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Commentary: Democrats’ lonely candidate for governor

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Minutes after he introduced his running mate Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg wandered around the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse like a man lost at his own party. As a crowd of reporters and onlookers stood clustered around the woman he had chosen to run […]

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Summer study committees will look at stage safety and other issues

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier lawmakers will search for ways to prevent another State Fair stage collapse and will look into the effectiveness of the Department of Child Services. These were just two of the most important committees commissioned by the legislative council, the 15-member bipartisan body that serves as the […]

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Gregg chooses Vi Simpson as running mate

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, will be Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg’s running mate in the governor’s race. The announcement came one day after Gregg’s Republican opponent, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., announced that he had selected first-term Indiana Rep. Sue Ellspermann, R-Ferdinand, as his running mate. Simpson is […]

Commentary: Ask not for whom the road tolls

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Commentary: Ask not for whom the road tolls

By Abdul-Hakim Shabazz The Statehouse File I have always maintained that in politics if you stick around long enough, you will eventually see everything.   Already, my Democratic friends are lamenting that money from the lease of the Indiana Toll Road is about to expire.   And because there are still 69 years left on the lease […]