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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, […]

Commentary: Stories, theories and the Trump shrug

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Commentary: Stories, theories and the Trump shrug

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Everyone talks. Everyone has a theory. No one knows where this is heading. No one knows how the ride ends. I arrived in the nation’s capital as Congress voted to end an embarrassing federal government shutdown and every participant in the sorry episode scrambled to claim victory. At […]

Commentary: Bias crimes: hopefully, taking this step first turns out to be enough

Commentary: Bias crimes: hopefully, taking this step first turns out to be enough

By Michael Leppert michaelleppert.com Fort Wayne’s La’Kysha Gardner testified before a Senate Committee at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday morning. She had a compelling story to tell about an assault on her son, Jason, and what appears to be an under-reaction to it by Allen Superior Court. Gardner explained to the Senate Corrections and Criminal […]

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Press freedom bill for student journalists advances

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration. After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there […]

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INSPECT bill could slow spread of opioid addiction

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would require all medical practitioners to use state prescription-monitoring software, before prescribing opioids, passes 47-1 in the Senate. Senate Bill 221, authored by Erin Houchin, R-Salem, requires doctors to have access to INSPECT, a website to allow practitioners to check a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. Houchin said […]

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House training bill to require sexual harassment training

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House approved an amendment to add yearly sexual assault training to a bill requiring training for elected officials. House Bill 1309 would require newly elected officials to complete training courses before taking their seat in office. This amendment adds at least one hour of yearly sexual harassment training […]

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Medical marijuana goes to interim study committee

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana House unanimously passed a resolution that would have an interim legislative study committee take up the issue of medical marijuana. The committee, which would meet later next summer or fall, will explore whether there are medical benefits to the use of marijuana, which is currently classified as a Schedule […]

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Indiana Debate Commission announces Senate debate

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The primary election is a little more than three months away, and the Indiana Debate Commission announced Wednesday it plans to host a televised debate for the U.S. Senate race. “We are looking forward to another election year in which we help voters throughout the state decide for themselves […]

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Senate committee approves tougher abortion regulations

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would that would add more reporting and tracking requirements to Indiana’s abortion regulations passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Among the provisions in the 12 pages of Senate Bill 340 are more inspections of abortion clinics, additions to informed consent forms patients must review and sign, and the reporting of […]