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Senate committee votes to appoint, not elect state’s chief educator

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has moved one step closer to making the superintendent for public instruction an appointed rather than an elected position. The Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted 8-4 Monday to advance legislation that would give the governor the power to appoint the state’s top educator in 2025. Senate […]

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Cigarette tax deters smoking but threatens small business

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — When he was 10 years old, Jeff Slinker started smoking cigarettes, a decision that would lead to many medical problems later in his life. Decades later, he has lost the left side of his jaw, four lymph nodes and his teeth. They were all removed after he was diagnosed […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]