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Ryan White’s school remembers his legacy on 30th anniversary

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ARCADIA, Ind. — With security and the press surrounding him, Ryan White walked through the halls of Hamilton Heights High School for his first day of school there 30 years ago, feeling loved, welcomed and a sense of normality for the first time in years. “I’m just one of the kids, […]

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‘No correlation’ between early voting and voter turnout, secretary of state says

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Secretary of State Connie Lawson is concerned, the candidates and the issues, not necessarily the number of early polling sites, drive voter turnout. Rather, she said to a group of lawmakers Wednesday at the Interim Study Committee on Elections, early voting benefits people who vote in […]

Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, gerrymandering was a dark art. Ambitious and unscrupulous politicians looked for ways to draw legislative maps that gave their party an edge. Democrat or Republican, their goal was less to see elections reflect the will of the people than it was to gain and maintain […]

Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

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Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   The United States has imposed new sanctions on Venezuela because that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has slowly dismantled its already weak democratic institutions. Maduro is Fidel Castro-lite, undermining the legislative and judicial branches as he rewrites the nation’s constitution with a hand-picked, specially elected assembly. The Trump administration has […]

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Alternative to formal guardianships proposed

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for the developmentally disabled want lawmakers to consider legislation creating an alternative to formal guardianships that would make it easier for the disabled to make their own decisions and function independently. An interim study committee chaired by Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, discussed the relatively new supported decision making […]

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Agriculture experts educate lawmakers

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rebecca Schroeder made a two-and-a-half-hour trip to the Statehouse from her northeast Indiana home so her daughter can have a career in Indiana agriculture. “I want there to be opportunities for her in the future in Indiana so she doesn’t have to go to another state to follow her […]

Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

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Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Forget about draining the swamp. This is more like burning down the house. As the high winds and water prepared to hammer Houston and other parts of Texas, President Donald Trump thought the moment was right to deliver a few blows of his own. He issued a presidential pardon […]

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Hoosiers help Hurricane Harvey victims

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Hurricane Harvey tears through Houston and the surrounding areas, Hoosiers 1,000 miles away are working to help those in need. From sending food care packages to helping people escape their flooded homes, some Hoosiers are helping in anyway they can. Harvey is said to be one of the […]

Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

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Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Soon, Donald Trump is going to emerge from a fight with the one person he can’t possibly beat. Himself. The longer Trump lingers in the Oval Office, the more his contradictions and self-destructive statements pile up, like discarded and unwashed laundry tossed into a corner until the untidy and […]

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Indiana implements new opioid prescription monitoring program to reduce addiction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Spending summers poolside with his family at his Brownsburg home, and hanging out with friends on the weekends were some of Brandon George’s favorite activities growing up. But quickly, the carefree weekends came with consequences — consequences that could have cost him his life. George began drinking and using […]

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