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Commentary: One of the season’s great gifts

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Commentary: One of the season’s great gifts

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The carolers warbling in the main concourse of Indianapolis International Airport ring a distant bell. Dressed in period costumes, they sing: We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. A couple with small children […]

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Student journalists pushing for press freedom bill

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Southport High School senior Andrew Tapp was approached by his advisor to lobby for a student press freedoms bill last year, he did so without hesitation. “I’m very fortunate at Southport not to face censorship from our administration, but I know plenty of students all across the state […]

Commentary: The don’t-think-just-vote tax plan

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Commentary: The don’t-think-just-vote tax plan

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – They own this now. The hidden, hasty, chaotic and stumbling way President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress rammed through their grab-bag tax reform package means they will have no one to blame if their rosy promises for its successes aren’t fulfilled. The sloppiness of the effort […]

Commentary: A leader’s tale

Commentary: A leader’s tale

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Jeff Thomas is a leader. In one place he achieved informality; in another, he failed to obtain transparency.  In this fable, Jeff became president of his neighborhood association, one of tens of thousands of such groups that plod forward with inexperienced board members and leaders, all somehow accomplishing good works, albeit […]

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Confined animal feeding operations pose challenge

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Surrounded by cornfields and farmland, Hill Farm sits far from any neighbor or residential business, and it is not until one is halfway up the family’s long gravel driveway that the smell of manure begins to register. Marc and Heather Hill are fourth generation farmers, raising more than 30,000 […]

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IURC chairman is retiring to Florida

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has announced that he is retiring from public service, kicking off a search for his replacement. Jim Atterholt, chair of the IURC, informed Gov. Eric Holcomb of his decision on Monday and it takes effect Jan. 12. “Jim has dedicated much of […]

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Senate Republicans file redistricting reform bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two state Senate Republicans are introducing legislation to create a commission of lawmakers and the public to draw legislative district boundaries following the 2020 census. John Ruckelshaus, of Indianapolis, and Mike Bohacek, of Michiana Shores, said Monday that they are responding to strong demand from their constituents to create […]

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Revenue shortfall expected to continue through two-year budget cycle

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will see about $394 million less in its biennial revenue collections than projected in April 2017. But the House Ways and Means Committee chairman said he isn’t worried because the state has a surplus and the reserves needed to “make adjustments as we need.” “Indiana will have a […]

Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

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Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – That whirring sound you hear is the founding fathers spinning in their graves. The news that sent Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Ben Franklin and George Washington all awhirl came from President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Washington Post reports that HHS doesn’t want […]

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Another House member calls it quits after current term

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Clyde Kersey has joined a growing list of lawmakers who have decided to retire from the Indiana General Assembly. The Terre Haute Democrat, who has served in the legislature since 1996, announced Friday that he will not seek re-election next year. “Serving in the Indiana General Assembly has […]

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