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Analysis: Taxes are only one piece of the discussion

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Analysis: Taxes are only one piece of the discussion

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mike Pence has a team of experts helping him decide what changes to make in Indiana’s tax code to help spur economic development and create jobs in the state. Pence – the state’s 6th District congressman who is running for governor – has given only hints […]

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Guest column: Why Indiana challenged the health care law

By Greg Zoeller Special to The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS–On March 26, the United States Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings with six hours of oral argument on the constitutional challenge filed by Indiana and 25 other states against certain sections of the federal health care law: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, […]

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Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

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Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and a fellow Republican, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, got together a few days ago at a press conference to denounce President Obama’s health care law. A suit filed by 26 states – Indiana among them – to set aside the law will […]

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Commentary: Will the real Indiana General Assemby please stand up?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — As someone who describes his personal politics as a fiscal conservative and social libertarian, I can honestly say this past session of the Indiana General Assembly made me a very happy camper and also managed to annoy the hell out of me at the same time. For […]

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Commentary: Special interests use scare tactics that work

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Commentary: Special interests use scare tactics that work

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly a century ago, Sen. Henry Fountain Ashurst, D-Ariz., had the nerve to say what a lot of politicians think. “When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget,” Ashurst […]

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Analysis: Fiscal leaders pull back from overspending

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Analysis: Fiscal leaders pull back from overspending

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Just a few weeks ago, it looked as if lawmakers might go on a bit of a spending spree as their 2012 session was winding down. There were tax credits and tax cuts on the agenda along with new spending on schools and money for state retirees. […]

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Commentary: Lawmakers end legislative session quietly

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Commentary: Lawmakers end legislative session quietly

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Late on a day in the last week of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2012 legislative session, a lobbyist stopped for a chat. The talk turned to the right-to-work battle that dominated the month of January. “Man,” he said. “That seems like it was years ago now. And […]

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Commentary: NRA locks in Mourdock for future votes

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Commentary: NRA locks in Mourdock for future votes

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The National Rifle Association’s endorsement of Richard Mourdock in his primary race against U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., makes at least two things clear. The first is that, if Mourdock gets elected, the NRA will own another member of the U.S. Senate. During the Wednesday conference call […]

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Commentary: Thank you for smoking

By Abdul-Hakim Shabazz The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Allow me to start this column out by saying that there is nothing better in this world than a decent Davidoff Grand Cru series cigar, a gin martini with two olives and the company of a beautiful woman (in my case, that would be my wife). Now, […]

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Commentary: Chief Justice Randall Shepard as he exits a job he never really planned

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Randall Shepard says he didn’t plan to be Indiana’s longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court. In fact, he didn’t even plan to be a judge. Sitting down now for an hour-long radio interview with me, Shepard says that the decision was a result of “preparation and […]

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