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Changes free up money for roads

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana transportation officials said they are pleased Indiana will get extra flexibility to spend nearly $1 billion per year in federal transportation funding, and won’t be penalized for leasing a toll highway, under a measure that Congress approved last week. The legislation authorizes $120 billion in spending […]

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Some Indiana cities cancel fireworks displays

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The worst drought in Indiana since 1988 has prompted 85 counties to issue burn bans – and several Hoosier cities to cancel their fireworks displays. The restrictions on fireworks range from a strong encouragement that residents go to professional shows instead of lighting off their own to […]


Crane and IU join forces

Staff Report The Statehouse File A new partnership between Indiana University and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division – often called just Crane – aims to create more opportunities for better products and private-sector employment. “This is an exceptional opportunity to promote entrepreneurship, product development and transfer through an agreement that recognizes the importance […]

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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 […]


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 […]