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Analysis: House Democrats have new leader but still face tough challenges

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats who’ve been frustrated for some time by a leader they believed did not include them in decisions or represent them well have successfully mounted a coup that ousted him from power. The problem for those Democrats now is that little else about their situation […]

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Commentary: Donnelly makes bid to claim voters in the middle

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Commentary: Donnelly makes bid to claim voters in the middle

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Joe Donnelly, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, just made an interesting move. He announced that, if elected, he would vote to keep for a year all the tax cuts put in place during the presidency of George W. Bush – including the big ones for Americans making […]

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Commentary: The view from 100 days out

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Commentary: The view from 100 days out

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz Indypolitics.org  As of this week, we are about 100 days away from Election Day.  So I figured what better time to sit down and do a little political pontification and handicap the big political races here in Indiana. Now granted, the caveat in all this is the adage that a day in […]

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Commentary: Colorado slayings renew need to debate gun control

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Commentary: Colorado slayings renew need to debate gun control

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – It happened again, this time in Colorado. More gunshots. More victims. More death. More grief. When a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing a dozen people and wounding 58 more, in addition to devastating lives he reopened our endless debate about […]

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Analysis: Property tax changes appear to have met policymakers’ goals

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The nonpartisan Tax Foundation published a fascinating map this month that should have made Gov. Mitch Daniels and state lawmakers beam. It showed that between 1999 and 2009, there was zero growth in Indiana’s property tax collections. Yep. You read that right: No growth at all. Only […]

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Commentary: Federal crop insurance helps many farm families

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File Here in Indiana and across the country, farmers are facing the worst drought conditions in more than half a century. Following several years of strong commodity prices and good yields, many of us were pretty optimistic at the beginning of the crop season. We are once again reminded […]

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Commentary: State AGs serve as chief defenders of federalism

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Commentary: State AGs serve as chief defenders of federalism

By Greg Zoeller and Thomas M. Fisher Special to The Statehouse File  With the recent U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we have reflected on the major role state attorneys general have played in defending state governments against federal encroachment. This recent AG activism yielded significant victories for the idea that federal power has limits […]

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Commentary: State leaders could use some humility and acknowledge mistakes

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The judge couldn’t have been more scathing in his ruling regarding Indiana’s failed attempt to privatize welfare services in partnership with IBM. Nor could the state’s leaders have been more childish in responding to the ruling. “Neither party deserves to win this case. This story represents a […]

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Commentary: My kind of Indiana

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Commentary: My kind of Indiana

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  Last week was a pretty good week for the state of Indiana. State Auditor Tim Berry reported a $2.1 billion state surplus and another one is on deck for next year. Tony Bennett, superintendent of public instruction, reported that ISTEP test scores were up for the third year in a row. […]

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Commentary: Women have come far in politics but still have ways to go

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recalled a time just after she had been elected to the Indiana Senate. She represented a Senate district in Southern Indiana. At some town hall meetings and other gatherings in the district, she found herself joined on stage by five other state senators […]

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