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Commentary: George Washington, America and debts owed

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Commentary: George Washington, America and debts owed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – George Washington made strong men weep. We now think of the first president of the United States as an austere figure, a man of marble almost as cold and distant as the stone in the statues that honor him. But, in his lifetime, he inspired affection and respect among […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man just cannot help it. President Donald Trump’s escalation of his childish feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” demonstrates – once again – that the current leader of the free world has all the emotional maturity and discipline of a two-year-old […]

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Protecting pets this Fourth of July

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Remi, a 7-year-old West Highland Terrier Poodle mix, is one of many dogs that will not enjoy the Fourth of July. “Remi has seen fireworks,” said Jessi Dickerson, Remi’s owner, “and it was not a pleasant experience for him.” Dickerson, a Greenwood resident, said Remi has incredibly high anxiety […]

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Trump picks Indiana’s Jerome Adams for U.S. surgeon general

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next United States surgeon general. “Dr. Jerome Adams is a dedicated champion for overall health and wellness and genuinely cares about citizens in every corner of our state,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in […]

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Judge blocks portions of state’s new abortion law

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge has blocked provisions in a new abortion law that would make it harder for a girl under 18 to have an abortion without telling her parents. Under current Indiana law, anyone under 18 must have the consent of a parent, legal guardian or custodian to get an […]

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State job applicants no longer required to initially reveal criminal history

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana will no longer ask executive branch job candidates if they have a criminal history on initial employment applications. Gov. Eric Holcomb made the change by issuing an executive order Thursday. “This executive order will give Hoosiers with criminal records a second chance by helping them […]

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Gas tax hike starts in time for Fourth of July weekend

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than a million Hoosiers are expected to travel this Fourth of July weekend and those hitting the road will be paying more at the pump. Indiana’s gas tax will increase ten cents a gallon under House Enrolled Act 1002, which goes into effect Saturday. The tax will jump […]

Commentary: Fourth of July break offers chance to question health care solutions

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Commentary: Fourth of July break offers chance to question health care solutions

By House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City Special to TheStatehouseFile.com  Any successful company cannot live without one thing. It demands employees who will show up on time, do things the way they were trained, and work hard until the day is done. Do tax rates matter for businesses? Sure, if you are already making […]

Commentary: Put our teens to work – for their sake and ours

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Commentary: Put our teens to work – for their sake and ours

By Tami Silverman Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Do you remember your first “real” job? What did that job teach you? For many of us, our early jobs built confidence, skills and the experience needed for future employment. Summer is when many young people seek part-time employment. If we want our children to become productive, contributing adults, […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Helping victims split from abuser’s cellphone plan

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 30th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — For parents of teenagers, the ability to track their child’s location via cellphone can be a powerful tool that increases the dependent’s safety. But when those […]

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