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Senators kill amendments to redistricting bill

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senators shot down two amendments to a bill that would have clarified who has oversight in the state’s redistricting processes. Senate Bill 326, authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, updates procedures and standards for drawing Indiana’s congressional and state legislative districts. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said SB 326 only […]

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House approves bill to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Drug dealers would face tougher criminal charges if a customer fatally overdoses on their product under a bill that cleared the Indiana House Monday. House Bill 1359, approved by an 85-12 vote, highlights the higher-level felonies drug dealers could face if one of their customers dies as a result of using […]

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Anti-tobacco bill would increase smoking age to 21

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has been fighting to reduce Indiana’s high smoking rate for nearly 20 years. On Monday, the soon-to-be retired lawmaker got a little closer to his goal. The House Public Health Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1380, Brown’s newest strategy to reduce smoking rates by raising […]

Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

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Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sam Nunn tells me a story. The story the former Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia tells is about how a partnership grew into a friendship. It’s about how that friendship changed history and likely saved tens of thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands, of lives. In the end, […]

Commentary: Political purity tests

Commentary: Political purity tests

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  A few years ago, I was having a conversation with then Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. We were chatting about politics, and he made a very salient point that’s stuck with me. He said, “Abdul, in politics, purity tests are only good for Nazis and suicide bombers.” Truer words were never spoken, […]