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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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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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