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Zoeller, Kahne and others support campaign to stop texting and driving

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Racecar drivers, corporate and government leaders – including Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller  joined together Tuesday for the first ever nationwide Stop the Texts Day. Stop the Texts Day is part of an Ad Council campaign called “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” The public service announcement […]

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Hershman will take over as Senate majority floor leader

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced Monday that he has appointed Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, to serve as the new majority floor leader, a key position in the caucus and the highest post appointed by the Long. Hershman, who will continue to serve as […]

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Lawmakers in Indiana, across the nation consider drug tests for welfare recipients

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File Lawmakers in Indiana and across the nation are studying whether to require drug tests of welfare and food stamp recipients, even though there are questions about the constitutionality of the move. This year, legislators in at least 25 states proposed bills to implement some sort of drug testing system […]

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Gregg says plan to abolish gasoline sales tax is ‘all about’ jobs

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Former House Speaker John Gregg, a Democrat, is promising Hoosiers he will eliminate the sales tax on gas purchases if he beats Republican Rep. Mike Pence in the race for governor. The plan, part of what he’s calling Hoosier Handshake, would cost the state – and therefore […]

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Commentary: Marketplace is no savior for education

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has a bad case of school voucher fever right now. Many sensible people have embraced the idea of vouchers as a cure-all for what ails education in Indiana and the United States. Those folks managed to ram the most sweeping voucher law in the country through […]

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Commentary: I will gladly vouch for school vouchers

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org Full disclosure: In one of my many capacities I work with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice doing some consultant work. However, I have been a proponent of school choice and vouchers for years. This may shock both friend and foe alike, but I used to oppose vouchers for private schools. […]

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IU’s earthquake simlutor offers glimpse at major tremor

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Geological Survey is partnering with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to provide a “ground shaking” experience not like any other on this side of the country. A new earthquake simulator nicknamed the “Quake Cottage” has the capabilities of producing a quake-like motion that mimics a tremor […]

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Story & video: Older fans in Seymour support move back to single-class basketball

Class Basketball Debate in Indiana from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File SEYMOUR, Ind. – The future of high school basketball in Indiana would look more like its past if a majority of speakers at a public meeting Monday night in Jackson County had their way. The IHSAA has seven […]

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Commentary: The vulnerable political center

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – William Butler Yeats could have been a pundit. Nearly a century ago, the Irish poet wrote: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold…. It’s almost as if Yeats had opened a window on our […]

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Analysis: Senate candidates differ on meaning of ‘advise and consent’ for court nominees

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – One of the issues that divides the Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the U.S. Senate race is their differing views on assessing judicial nominees. Incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar has supported court nominees from Republican and Democratic presidents, even some that other GOP lawmakers say are […]

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