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Fourth grade lobbyist pushes for state bug

By John Ward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fourth grader Kayla Xu has been lobbying for years to make the firefly Indiana’s state bug. On Tuesday, she got a little closer to her goal. As she sat in the Indiana House listening to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address, she heard the state’s highest elected […]

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GOP and Democrats respond to the State of the State

By Emily Ketterer and Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—As Gov. Eric Holcomb presented his second State of the State address, Republicans applauded his words while Democrats criticized him for not recognizing the issues affecting Hoosiers. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Holcomb “nailed” the theme of expressing the needs of Hoosiers while House […]

Commentary: Holcomb’s subdued State of the State

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Commentary: Holcomb’s subdued State of the State

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb’s second State of the State address didn’t pack many fireworks. Delivered in conversational and occasionally muted tones, Holcomb’s 28-minute speech was interrupted more than 25 times by mostly perfunctory applause. There were no standing ovations, no memorable sound bites, no red meat for rabid partisans on […]

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Holcomb keeps focus on improving Hoosier job skills

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb sharpened his focus on workforce development as he touted Indiana’s record-breaking job growth in his second State of the State address Tuesday. Even as he celebrated the state’s successes in attracting new business and jobs, he highlighted plans to create opportunities for Hoosiers who lack the training or […]

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Candidate filing for primary election begins Jan. 10

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — It’s that time of the year again—election season. On Wednesday, candidates may begin the application process for the 2018 primary election with the Secretary of State or Election Division. Filing to run for political office candidacy will remain open until 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Secretary of State Connie Lawson […]

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Veterans gather at Statehouse to meet with lawmakers

By Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Veterans and citizens across Indiana traveled to the Statehouse Tuesday morning to have their voices heard by legislators on issues important to both veterans and their loved ones. It was the fourth annual Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day hosted by Reps. Jim Baird, R-Greencastle, and John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis. Currently […]

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House committee OKs military uniforms at high school graduation

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A state House committee passed legislation Tuesday that would allow high school students in the military to wear their dress uniforms to graduation in place of the traditional cap and gown. This bill stems from an incident at Crown Point High School where a student was not allowed to […]

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Senate committee approves survivor health coverage for public safety officials

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers took a step Tuesday to extend health benefits to the families of law enforcement officers and other public safety officials who lost their lives in the line of duty. Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, authored Senate Bill 152 because he said was concerned about how surviving families are affected […]