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Commentary: A mistake does not constitute the state ‘changing its story’

By Marni Lemons Special to TheStatehouseFile.com We at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) would like to respond and address some serious flaws with an article posted Nov. 24 on TheStatehouseFile.com titled, “State changed story on Syrian refugees.” (http://thestatehousefile.com/state-changed-story-on-syrian-refugees/22953/) It concerns Gov. Pence’s announcement suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees on Nov. 16 […]

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Letter to the editor: Another missed opportunity

To the editor of TheStatehouseFile.com: John Krull does an excellent job painting the total cost of crime in Indiana in “Lost chances and destroyed lives.” His guests are no doubt, top in their experiences and expertise. That being said, there is one significant “missed opportunity” not mentioned in the story and unfortunately The Indianapolis Star […]

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Guest column: Pence says past session is one to be proud of

By Mike Pence Indiana governor With the close of the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly, Hoosiers can be proud of the many accomplishments that will make Indiana a better place to get a job, raise a family or start a business. Today marks the start of the new fiscal year in our state […]

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Commentary: Socrates meets Glenda Ritz

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Commentary: Socrates meets Glenda Ritz

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com So, Socrates and Glenda Ritz walk into a bar… Only philosophy nerds might think that is the beginning of a funny joke. And maybe a blogger. If I had the chance to have a conversation with Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, it would almost certainly sound like I was […]

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Guest column: Pence says budget invests ‘in our future like never before’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Last December I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to make this an education session, and the results are clear. In this biennial budget, we made historic investments in education at every level from pre-K all the way through our adult high schools, because education will not only help our […]

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Guest column: GOP agenda ‘drastically at odds’ with Hoosiers

By Scott Pelath House Minority Leader When the deadlines imposed by state law brought this year’s session of the Indiana General Assembly to a close on April 29, Hoosiers were more justified than ever in letting loose a huge sigh of relief. These past four months demonstrated what happens when a Republican governor and legislative […]

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Guest column: Addiction and the anonymous people

By Michael Leppert Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Fairbanks held its Fourteenth Annual Circle of Hope Dinner recently.  I am pretty connected around town, so I got to attend for the second year in a row. Last year, NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter shared his personal story of addiction and recovery. It was fascinating and motivational. […]

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Guest column: On ‘tax day,’ how to lower the income tax

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review We pay taxes every day. But for many people, April 15th represents “Tax Day” — the day when our income tax forms are due. Many people file their 1040’s sooner, particularly when they’re receiving refunds. They have allowed the government to keep too much of their money all year. […]

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Letter to the editor: Repeal of common construction wage law unnecessary

March 31, 2015 To the Editor: The legislation to repeal our state’s common construction wage law (House Bill 1019) is unnecessary and shortsighted. If one were planning to build a house, the prudent course of due diligence would be to research possible home builders, while the primary decision factors would be quality of workmanship and […]

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Letter: Setting goals in the fight against cancer will lead to success

To the editor:   Cancer is a complex set of diseases with many different causes. Some cancers are caused by viruses such as hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). One of the most common cancers in women throughout the world is cervical cancer, in which HPV plays an essential causal role. The development of a vaccine […]

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