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Conflicting court rulings could impact Indiana health care subsidies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether residents in some states – including Indiana – qualify for government subsidies to pay for heath insurance. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said no, ruling that the federal Affordable Care Act limits the subsidies […]

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Americans struggle to name First Amendment freedoms

By Kate Winkle SFHWire WASHINGTON – Americans have failed their 2014 civics test: 29 percent of them can’t name any of the five freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. The Newseum’s First Amendment Center surveyed 1,006 adults nationwide over the phone in May about their knowledge of the amendment and opinions on First Amendment issues. The center has […]

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Video & story: Long says constitutional convention could come in 2015

Mount Vernon Assembly wraps up at the Statehouse from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana lawmaker pushing for a U.S. constitutional convention that would let states propose one or more amendments said he is hopeful it could happen as early as 2015. Indiana President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, […]

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Video & story: Constitutional discussions are complicated, slow moving

Legislators gather at the Statehouse to start Mount Vernon Assembly on Vimeo. By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The constitution is hard to change. That became obvious when a committee struggled for an hour as members tried to decide how to vote at the Mount Vernon Assembly, a meeting that is a precursor to a possible […]

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Lawmakers from across US to gather in Indy for constitutional amendment talk

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 state legislators will meet this week at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss the procedures and rules for a possible convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, spearheaded the event – called the Mount Vernon Assembly – saying he […]

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Donnelly visits France as part of D-Day commemoration

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly honored veterans and fallen soldiers by walking on the beaches they stormed 70 years ago on Saturday. The Democrat flew to Caen, France, on June 5. The next day, he traveled to Pointe du Hoc, then to Omaha Beach before stopping for a ceremony involving […]

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Pence to Obama: Repeal medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to work with Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is helping to pay for the federal health care law. Pence said the law – which took effect Jan. 1, […]

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Sen. Coats offers bill to curb federal regulations

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Cost vs. benefit. Small businesses all across Indiana live and die by that creed, but excessive federal regulations tend to tip the scale too far toward cost, critics say. So Republican Sen. Dan Coats held a press conference Tuesday at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to talk about his […]

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State lawmakers go to Washington D.C.

By Melissa Maynard Stateline.org As a Democratic state senator in Maine, Chellie Pingree enjoyed frequent, freewheeling debates with her colleagues from both parties. She helped pass legislation to lower prescription drug costs for the uninsured, and watched proudly as the measure had a ripple effect in other states. In Indiana… Three members of Indiana’s congressional delegation […]

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Indiana senators say yes to budget, debt deal; House members split votes

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Indiana’s two U.S. senators voted Wednesday night for a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit but the state’s House delegation split its votes. Congressional leaders came up with the stop-gap measure that would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and raise the […]

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