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Small business owners say alcohol law reforms needed

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many small business owners who sell alcohol say they struggle to interpret and operate under Indiana’s current alcohol laws. Doug Pendleton, who owns the Grapevine Cottage in Fishers and Zionsville, operates a gourmet food and wine shop. He said that he faces opposition from package liquor store owners who […]

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Keep gun license laws, police groups tell lawmakers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana law enforcement officials are standing against a proposed measure that would eliminate the current handgun licensing process for Hoosier gun owners. Representatives from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance and district departments asked lawmakers Tuesday to consider keeping the law in place at the first […]

Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

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Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   I loved movies when I was a child, no doubt in part because when my dad didn’t want to see a film at our local theater my mom would take me. That’s how I ended up in a darkened theater watching “The Cardinal” and wondering when those lovely red […]

Commentary: A few thoughts on health care

Commentary: A few thoughts on health care

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Although everyone is focused on Nazis and dead Confederate soldiers these days, the policy wonk of my brain is looking at health care reform. The U.S. Senate failed to come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. And while I have never been a big fan of Obamacare, I […]

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State Rep. Thomas Washburne departing General Assembly

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After five years and a three-hour commute, state Rep. Thomas Washburne, R-Inglefield, is stepping away from politics after his term ends in 2018. Washburne said he is shifting his focus to his family, as living three hours away in the Evansville area has created its fair share of difficulties […]