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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

Media mogul Steve Forbes talks about whether Mike Pence should run for president By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should run for president because “he’s got the record and got the experience” to be a strong candidate in 2016, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday. “Why shouldn’t he look at […]

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Senate shuffles committees, chairmen

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Retirements in the Indiana Senate have led to some shuffling of committees and their leaders, including the breakup or merging of committees dealing with agriculture, natural resources, insurance, banking and veterans. President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has added a net of two more committees to the Senate […]

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Long-time National Guard leader to retire next spring

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adjutant General Martin Umbarger will retire in May after 45 years of service with the Indiana National Guard. “There comes a time in everyone’s life and career to pass the ‘colors of leadership’ onto the next generation,” Umbarger said in a public letter to soldiers and others. “This is […]

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Anesthesiologist will be state’s new health commissioner

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a new doc in charge at the Indiana State Department of Health. Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday appointed Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the agency’s commissioner. He replaces Dr. William VanNess, who announced his resignation in August. Pence said Adams’ “public service and academic achievements” make him an […]

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New lawmaker sworn in to District 83 seat; Rep. Heuer moves on to lobby group

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Christopher Judy will serve what’s left of the House District 83 term of former Rep. Kathy Heuer, who resigned the position in August to take a job with a health care lobbying group. The change comes about three months after Judy defeated Heuer in the GOP primary. Supreme […]

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Pence names Huston to IURC, makes other appointments

Staff report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has appointed a top official in the state health department to serve as the head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. James Huston will fill the current vacancy on the IURC created when former Commissioner Jim Atterholt left to become the governor’s chief of staff. He will […]

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Eric Turner to lose leadership post over financial disclosure issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Embattled Rep. Eric Turner will lose his leadership post during the next legislative session after failing to disclose a financial interest in a debate he tried to influence during the last legislative session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Friday. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, also said he would author a comprehensive ethics […]

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Mourdock steps down with just months left in term as treasurer

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock – a controversial political figure who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate after divisive remarks about rape and pregnancy –stepped down from his post Friday with about four months to go in the term. The conservative Republican said in a statement he is leaving […]

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Braun to take over DWD, current commissioner not going anywhere

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named a state legislator to take over at the Department of Workforce Development, but the agency’s current commissioner will stay on as well, with a new title and the same salary. Rep. Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, will become the DWD’s new commissioner after this fall’s election, […]

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