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Holcomb picks new Child Services director, calls for assessment of agency

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has named a veteran health professional to lead Indiana’s Department of Child Services and is calling for a complete assessment of the agency. Holcomb named Terry J. Stigdon, who has worked at Riley Hospital for Children for nearly 20 years, as the next director of DCS, effective Jan. 22. […]

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Commentary: A flag emptied of meaning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, has peculiar notions of what patriotism and freedom mean. Smith has made national news. He’s proposed a state law that would require the Indianapolis Colts to issue refunds to any football fans upset if players take a knee during the playing of the national […]

Commentary: My top 10 for 2017

Commentary: My top 10 for 2017

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Well, it’s that time of year again; it’s time for my top 10 state and local stories of 2017.   Yes, we know there were a lot of national events taking place, but we focus on local and politics here. A Road to Somewhere – Who would have thought that Indiana lawmakers […]

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Long reshuffles state Senate committee posts

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has reshuffled leadership posts in the aftermath of the retirement of Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek. Hershman, who served as the Senate majority floor leader under Long, announced a week ago that he is leaving the legislature effective at the beginning of the […]

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Activists push for fair legislative district boundaries

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Holding campaign flyers from the 2016 election, Bill Kline walked his Sheridan neighborhood, shaking his head, asking himself when he will be fairly represented in state and federal government. “It’s corrupted — the way they draw these lines isn’t an accurate representation of the people who actually live in […]

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Commentary: Happy new year, Mr. President

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The easy part is over. What follows now is going to be hard – brutally hard. This, of course, is not what President Donald Trump seems to think, but this president works hard to keep facts or thoughtful analysis from intruding into his elaborately constructed fantasy world. Denial, it […]

Commentary: Hazing death no longer shrugged off by grand juries

Commentary: Hazing death no longer shrugged off by grand juries

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com A fellow editor from the University of Nevada student newspaper banged on my flat’s door around 3 a.m. in October 1975. I was a grad student up studying. “The Sundowners finally killed somebody,” said Bob, a member of Sigma Nu. John Davies, a Wolfpack football player, perished after consuming booze—including 190-proof […]

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IURC seeks applicants for vacancy

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state committee is seeking applicants for the vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission created when Chair Jim Atterholt announced his retirement in mid-December. The IURC’s nominating committee is accepting applications through Friday, Jan. 12. Applications must be submitted to the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb by the close […]

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State senator quits to take job in Washington D.C.

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Brandt Hershman announced Friday that he is quitting the Indiana General Assembly mid-way through his fifth term to take a position with a law firm in Washington D.C. The Buck Creek Republican’s resignation is effective Jan. 2, one day before the start of the new legislative session. Hershman, […]

Commentary: This shouldn’t be about the politicians

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Commentary: This shouldn’t be about the politicians

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Not long before Congress voted on the tax reform, I talked, over the air, with two former Rexnord employees. Rexnord, you may recall, had a plant in Indiana that made metal bearings. The company closed the plant in June, costing 300 Hoosiers their jobs. Most of those jobs moved […]

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