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Smoking ban part of Daniels’ agenda

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a speech Friday that he will push for a smoking ban during the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly and that he supports fast-tracking the bill so it’s law before the Super Bowl. “I think the time has come for a statewide smoking […]

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Judge orders Daniels to be deposed

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—A judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in a case involving a canceled contract with IBM. Marion Superior Court Judge David Dryer ruled Daniels could be questioned under oath in the case, despite a state law Daniels said would protect him Daniels said Friday he […]

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Lawmakers seek to deter sex crimes for Super Bowl

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator said Friday he hopes to fast-track legislation that would make it easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on human trafficking in advance of the 2012 Super Bowl, which is expected to attract more prostitution to Indianapolis. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said Friday he […]

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Shepard leaving Indiana Supreme Court

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said Wednesday that he would retire from the bench in the spring. The announcement that Shepard, who has been serving on the Supreme Court since 1985 and has been chief justice since 1987, brought immediate reaction from around the state. Gov. […]

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Right-to-work debate a domestic dispute

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Perhaps the Republicans and the Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly could resolve their differences over right-to-work legislation through counseling. A family therapist once told me that the toughest disputes to resolve in a troubled relationship are the ones in which “both partners are right, but they’re right about […]

Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

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Thanksgiving: The retail of ‘doing good’

By Norman Van Cott Indiana Policy Review Foundation A recent Wall Street Journal article describes a Santa Monica, Calif., church distributing holiday food baskets. But the truth is, Walmart and its counterparts spread far more holiday-food cheer than do churches and public-service groups. Scholars estimate that the presence of Walmart in a community reduces food […]

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2012 annual entrance permits for state parks and reservoirs now available

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Annual state park permits for 2012 are now available for purchase online. The permits – which allow entrance to any Indiana State Park – are $36 for state residents. They are available at www.InnsGifts.com. The Golden Hoosier Permit is available for $18 at the same website to those […]

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