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Commentary: The First Amendment is a great teacher

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Commentary: The First Amendment is a great teacher

By Diana Hadley TheStatehouseFile.com A New Voices bill that supports student journalists is back on the agenda for the 2018 Indiana General Assembly. People ask me why I’m still working on this bill after my recent retirement from the Indiana High School Press Association. Although this effort isn’t about me, my 46-year career as a […]

Commentary: Don’t just govern, do something

Commentary: Don’t just govern, do something

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  As we go into the third week of the Indiana General Assembly, I’ve been hearing some folks lament that lawmakers aren’t tackling a “big thing” or that Gov. Eric Holcomb has not offered a “bold agenda.” In other words, people are complaining that there is no significant initiative that costs a […]

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By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Don’t Just Govern, Do Something   As we go into the third week of the Indiana General Assembly, I’ve been hearing some folks lament that lawmakers aren’t tackling a “big thing” or that Gov. Eric Holcomb has not offered a “bold agenda.” In other words, people are complaining that there is […]

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Senate committee approves K-12 funding fix

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—A Senate committee Thursday approved legislation that would ensure Indiana’s K-12 schools have enough funds for all students. The Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed Senate Bill 189, authored by committee chair Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, which would permit a transfer from the state tuition reserve fund to cover the cost of all […]

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Indiana native and ‘The Voice’ runner-up recognized

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All eyes of the Indiana House were on 16-year-old Addison Agen Thursday as she belted out her rendition of the National Anthem in her strong, clear voice. As she finished, House members rose to their feet giving the Fort Wayne native an enthusiastic ovation. Agen turned her dreams into […]

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Lunch shaming raises concern for lawmakers

By Seth Fleming and Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Amy Austin heard about children being lunch shamed and embarrassed at school when they didn’t have enough money in their lunch accounts, she created a discretionary fund to help them. The U. S. Department of Agriculture guidelines said no because regulations didn’t allow that. Austin appeared before […]

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Delph shares Puerto Rico experiences with Senate colleagues

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – While most lawmakers were home with loved ones for the holidays, state Sen. Mike Delph was in Puerto Rico helping the island recover from September’s devastating hurricane. Delph is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and was called for active duty in Puerto Rico beginning Dec. 8. The […]