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Analysis: Tax ‘cut’ discussions stretch the word’s definition

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Analysis: Tax ‘cut’ discussions stretch the word’s definition

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have only about a week to find compromises on the next two-year budget before state law requires them to adjourn, although there seems little doubt that they’ll finish on time. There are plenty of details the House and Senate still need to settle. But the biggest public question […]

Commentary: Boston brings us back to day 1

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Commentary: Boston brings us back to day 1

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com  I hope by the time you read this the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing will be in custody. That isn’t yet the case at the time of this writing. Details about the bombing and the bombing investigation are just starting to emerge. But the relative lack of information about what […]

Commentary: Hoosiers likely to get half-billion dollar tax cut

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Commentary: Hoosiers likely to get half-billion dollar tax cut

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Unless something changes between now and April 29, Hoosiers can expect to see close to half a billion dollars put back into the Indiana economy over the next two years.   As the State Budget Committee learned that revenues are expected to increase by $290 million over the biennium, that became the […]

Commentary: Donnelly shows good government equals good politics

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Commentary: Donnelly shows good government equals good politics

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., demonstrated a concept I have come to label as “enlightened self-interest.”  That means you do the right thing not only because it is the right thing to do, but you also get a benefit out of it.  In Donnelly’s case, it was coming out […]

Commentary: Symbolism matters in education reform debate

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Commentary: Symbolism matters in education reform debate

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com After four years of Tony Bennett, defenders of the status quo and opponents of education accountability hoped they’d get a superintendent of public instruction who would pump the brakes on education reform, lower expectations and generally leave them alone. Well, they got one. So when Superintendent Glenda Ritz took some heat […]

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Commentary: Farms and the First Amendment

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Whenever the government tries to do anything that looks like it might tread into First Amendment territory, I tend to get a little concerned.  As someone who talks and writes for a living, that whole free speech concept is pretty important to me.  So my eyebrows arched a little when I […]

Commentary: The case for campaign managers

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Commentary: The case for campaign managers

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you by now know that the Republican Party lost in 2012 because it has a problem with Hispanic voters and technology. That’s the diagnosis, and there seems to be near universal agreement. But beneath the surface and just out of view of the 24-hour […]

Commentary: Defending the state’s authority is the attorney general’s job

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Commentary: Defending the state’s authority is the attorney general’s job

By Greg Zoeller Special to TheStatehouseFile.com The law of the land recognizes the authority of states to license marriage.  The majority of states, including Indiana, provide a marriage license only to a man and woman while nine states also allow same-sex couples to receive a license to marry.  Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act […]

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House’s top Democrat says Republican infighting leaves state ‘directionless’

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said Friday that the House Republicans are divided, which creates what he calls a “policy paralysis.” That “paralysis” stems from Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to cut income taxes by 10 percent. The tea party group Americans for Prosperity has been running television and radio […]

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, […]