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Supporters, opponents of right-to-work use television and radio ads to win support

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are preparing to return to the Statehouse this week to debate a controversial right-to-work proposal as an ad war heats up over the issue. A coalition of unions led by the Indiana AFL-CIO on Monday launched radio and television commercials Monday, just two days before the […]

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Q&A: Mitch Daniels promotes agenda, says 8 years will be enough

By Timothy Cox and Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels acknowledged his agenda for the 2012 session of the General Assembly may not be as sweeping as past years when he pushed for the privatization of the state’s toll road, implementation of daylight saving time and property tax caps. But in […]

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Indiana Supreme Court upholds state’s robo-call law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s highest court said Thursday that a law that bans some automated calls with recorded messages does not violate the free speech clause of the Indiana Constitution and can be enforced. Click here to read the Indiana Supreme Court’s robo-call decision. But the law remains under […]

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For one student, a private school voucher represents new opportunities

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Dayana Vazquez-Buquer was excelling at Greenwood High School and had no interest in transferring elsewhere when her mom first mentioned a new state voucher program meant for families like hers. The vivacious 16-year-old balked. Her friends were at Greenwood. Her grades were good. And as she prepared […]

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Daniels announces 365 new jobs for Central Indiana

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS –  Two Indiana businesses say they intend to create 365 new jobs between now and 2015, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced. Stratosphere Quality, LLC, a Fishers-based company that provides inspection services to other firms, and Archway Technology Partners, Inc., a financial software provider with a location in Indianapolis, announced […]

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State accepts applicants for Supreme Court vacancy

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A judicial nominating committee is now accepting applications for a vacancy on the five-member Indiana Supreme Court that will be created when Chief Justice Randall Shepard retires in March. Applications are due Jan. 27. Indiana attorneys who have been members of the bar for 10 years or have […]

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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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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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Mitch Daniels endorses right to work; poll says Hoosiers undecided

By Samm Quinn and Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in a statement Thursday that he would support GOP right-to-work proposals at the General Assembly next month, even as a new poll finds that a majority of Hoosiers are undecided about the issue. Gov. Mitch Daniels’ statement on right to work: […]

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Gocery and convenience stores to push again for alcohol law changes

INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer – but with a twist. Rather than seeking sales of all cold beer, the Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers will ask lawmakers to let them sell cold Indiana-brewed […]

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