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Daniels appoints interim to replace convicted Secretary of State Charlie White

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed an interim Secretary of State to replace Charlie White, a Republican who was convicted early Saturday morning of felony voter fraud. The felony convictions make White ineligible to hold office. Daniels appointed White’s chief deputy, Jerry Bonnet, who has worked in the office […]

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Partisan tensions make for tough working environment

By Krista Chittum and Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, has served in the Indiana House for 14 years and said he’s never felt such tension. Republican Rep. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse is in just her second year and said there must be a better way. And Bob Kuzman, […]

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Non-boycotting Democrats are driven by beliefs, constituents

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File                                    INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Dale Grubb of Covington joined his fellow Democrats last year in a five-week, right-to-work boycott in an attempt to make his voice – and those of his constituents – heard in the Indiana House. This year, though, Grubb is trying a different tack: He’s staying in […]

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Daniels is ‘sensible pick’ to do GOP response to State of the Union

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Republican leaders in Washington announced Thursday that Gov. Mitch Daniels would give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. Both the State of the Union and Daniels’ response are scheduled for next Tuesday. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Daniels’ experience in “fostering […]

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Democrats say fines are worrisome but worth it

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the House Democratic caucus said Wednesday that fines imposed by Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, are a concern but won’t hinder their current boycott against right-to-work legislation. Bosma announced Wednesday he would charge Democrats $1,000 for every day they fail to provide a quorum in the […]

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Sen. Richard Bray says he will not seek reelection

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, state Sen. Richard Bray, R-Martinsville, announced he will not seek re-election. Bray, who represents District 37, has served in the Indiana Senate since 1992. “Under the leadership of my Senate colleagues, our caucus has done an incredible amount of good for Hoosiers across Indiana and […]

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Democrat Rep. Dave Cheatham won’t seek reelection

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Democrat Rep. Dave Cheatham won’t seek reelection

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Dave Cheatham, D-North Vernon, announced Monday that he will not run for re-election for a fourth consecutive term. Though Cheatham considered running earlier, he eventually opted against it and named political tension as a reason for his decision. Cheatham, who represents Indiana’s 69th district, has served […]

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Video: Doorkeepers – Men of power at the Statehouse

Check out our news story about the doorkeepers. Click here to read. The doorkeepers. They are the people who control access to the Indiana House and Senate. they determine which members of the public, which lobbyists and which protestors seek lawmakers. And they love their jobs. Watch and see why:   Doorkeepers: Men of power […]

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Doorkeepers serve vital role at the General Assembly

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – They are men with power. They speak daily to state representatives and senators. They decide who to let into the House and Senate chambers and who to keep out. They are the only thing standing between you and the chamber floors. They are doorkeepers and they are […]

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Chief justice delivers final, emotional address

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Justice Randall Shepard gave his final State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, highlighting the court’s most recent achievements and recognizing colleagues that brought him near tears. The beginning of Shepard’s speech refers to the courts of Indiana as once being like a “collection of Lone Rangers” […]

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