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Video: Rally held at the Statehouse in support of medical marijuana

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Advocates rally for medical marijuana at Statehouse

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for the medical use of marijuana rallied at the Statehouse Thursday, offering testimony from people who said their lives were transformed for the better by the use of cannabis oil. “There are an awful a lot of vets out there that are suffering from PTSD, this drug has […]

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House overrides two of Pence’s vetoes

By Nicole Hernandez, Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House dismantled part of former Gov. Mike Pence’s legacy Thursday when they decided to override two of his vetoes. Pence vetoed both bills in 2016 following events that captured national attention. Rules limiting state environmental department’s power House Bill 1082 would have prevented the standards and […]

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ISTEP replacement bill passes House committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to replace the ISTEP exam with a new test called ILEARN passed out of the House Education Committee by a 10-2 margin. Author of House Bill 1003, Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he believes ISTEP has been a failure and that it is important to find an […]

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Getting to know the “Baconator,” Rep. Ronald Bacon

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — If there’s one thing Rep. Ronald Bacon, R-Chandler, loves it’s bacon. If you’ve had the opportunity to step inside his office, you would see some bacon memorabilia, but that’s just the beginning. Some may know Bacon as the “Baconator.” That term has been around since he first ran for […]

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Holcomb off to fast start, pardons Keith Cooper, declares East Chicago lead emergency

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb marked his first month in office by pardoning a man who spent nearly a decade in prison for an armed robbery he did not commit. Holcomb on Thursday issued a pardon to Keith Cooper, of Elkhart, who was convicted of the robbery in 1997 and subsequently […]

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Groups push House committee for more education, public transit money

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from organizations wanting a bigger slice of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan Thursday. Holcomb unveiled the budget, which provides a small increase in education spending, to the state budget committee earlier in the week. But Gail Zeheralis, […]

Commentary: Mirror, mirror on the Supreme Court wall

Commentary: Mirror, mirror on the Supreme Court wall

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com There are several versions of the famous question from the fairy tale, “Snow White.” “Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Whether the line begins with “magic mirror” or “mirror, mirror” or even “magic mirror in my hand,” the most interesting word in the question is the […]

Commentary: Lessons from Bolivia

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Commentary: Lessons from Bolivia

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com President Trump was elected with marketing principles used by the Bolivian candidate in 2002.  Having served as president of Bolivia from 1993 to 1997, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, known as “Goni,” and considered a friend of the United States, tried again in 2002, this time with substantial foreign help – our […]

Commentary: Changes to Indiana’s solar policy misguided

Commentary: Changes to Indiana’s solar policy misguided

By Sanya Carley and David Konisky Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Indiana Senate Bill 309, introduced by Sen. Brandt Herschman, proposes to fundamentally change Indiana’s solar energy policy. The proposed modifications to the state’s net energy metering program are based on a lack of evidence and faulty logic, and would severely undermine the future of solar power […]