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White sentenced; Daniels to wait for guidance from Indiana Supreme Court

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels won’t choose a permanent replacement for former Secretary of State Charlie White – who was sentenced Thursday for felony voter fraud – until the Indiana Supreme Court clarifies whether the disgraced Republican should ever have been on the ballot. The court plans to hear oral […]

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Bradford, Massa & Seigel are finalists for Indiana Supreme Court vacancy

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels will choose the state’s next Indiana Supreme Court justice from among two attorneys and one judge already serving state government. The Judicial Nominating Commission on Thursday chose Indiana Appeals Court Judge Cale Bradford, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director Mark Massa and Indiana Judicial Center […]

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Lawmakers honor outgoing Chief Justice Randall Shepard

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Lawmakers honor outgoing Chief Justice Randall Shepard

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House and Senate on Tuesday honored Chief Justice Randall Shepard as he prepares to retire from the position after 25 years on the court. Lawmakers lauded Shepard, an Evansville native, for his focus on making the state’s trial and appellate courts more accessible and understandable […]

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Indiana Supreme Court releases schedule for semi-finalist interviews

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court released the schedule of interviews for the seven semi-finalists seeking to fill an upcoming vacancy on the court. Four of the seven are judges, including one member of the Indiana Court of Appeals, and two serve in posts for Gov. Mitch Daniels, who […]

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Gridiron dinner and roast returns to political scene

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Gridiron Dinner, a political tradition, will return Wednesday to the Hoosier Statehouse scene after a nine-year absence. 2012 Indiana Gridiron Dinner When: Wednesday, Feb. 22 Time: 5:30 p.m. doors open 6:30 p.m. dinner 7:15 p.m. show Place: Indiana Roof Ballroom Tickets: http://indianagridiron.com The Indiana Fiscal […]

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Skillman appoints new director of energy office

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Monday that Tristan Vance has been appointed as director of the Office of Energy Development. He will replace Brandon Seitz, effective Feb. 20. Seitz has been with Skillman’s executive staff since 2005 after working for the Indiana House of Representatives. He was […]

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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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