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Holcomb, Hogsett, friends celebrate Richard Lugar’s life

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Huddled under a few tents outside on a rainy afternoon, public officials, friends, family and former staffers gathered to celebrate the life of Richard Lugar as a leader on the world stage who never forgot his Hoosier roots. Gov. Eric Holcomb, one of the politicians who paid tribute Lugar Monday, […]

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Governor signs $34.6 billion budget into law

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Standing with legislative leaders under the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s next two-year budget into law Monday, an act that cemented a balanced budget for the eighth consecutive year. “Our state strategy to grow continues to define how we structure ourselves,” Holcomb said about the […]

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Commentary: The Richard Lugar who walked among us

View the Emmy-nominated WFYI-Franklin College documentary on the life of Richard Lugar By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Richard Lugar had a sweet tooth. His childhood friend Marianne Tobias told me a story. She and Lugar took piano lessons from the same piano teacher when they were young. The two did a recital together. The refreshments […]

Commentary: Really, what’s the harm?

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Commentary: Really, what’s the harm?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The comment struck a chord of memory. I was talking over the air about Indiana’s new hate crimes law with Kevin Brinegar of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Mindi Goodpaster of the United Way of Central Indiana. Both Brinegar and Goodpaster and their organizations worked hard to persuade […]

Commentary: Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe and budget choices in Indiana

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Commentary: Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe and budget choices in Indiana

By Michael Leppert michaelleppert.com It has been 30 years since the release of the Kevin Costner movie, Field Of Dreams. Paul Newberry of the Associated Press wrote about the movie’s anniversary last weekend and it got a few of us in the Indiana Statehouse talking. The metaphorical overload of the story is a fun topic, […]

Commentary: More reflections of an affirmative-action baby

Commentary: More reflections of an affirmative-action baby

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org I originally used this title in a 2014 column on affirmative action. It’s based on  a book written by Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter. It was published in 1992, during my last year as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. In it, Carter talks about being both the beneficiary of […]

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Commentary: Legislative report card—incomplete

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–It was supposed to be a celebratory moment. The Republican fiscal and legislative leaders lined up in the House, with a grinning Gov. Eric Holcomb joining them. They had a budget that not only was balanced but kept about $2 billion in reserves and gave increases to K-12 education. It’s […]

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ACLU challenging state over abortion law

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s newest anti-abortion legislation is facing a legal challenge in federal court, less than a day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the measure into law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Thursday challenging House Enrolled Act 1211, which bans a form of a second trimester […]

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Democrats say smoking taxes, mental health among lost chances in 2019 session

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lapses in state budget priorities and the enactment of a “lukewarm” bias crimes law topped Indiana Democrats’ list of missed opportunities in the 2019 legislative session, according to legislative leaders in the minority party. House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, described […]

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Budget finalized in last hours of legislative session, Democrats say Indiana deserves more

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Edging into the late evening Wednesday and ending in party-line votes, lawmakers approved Indiana’s next two-year budget, totaling $34.6 billion for dozens of state-funded programs. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday afternoon lawmakers were ready to put the issue to rest and anticipated few changes after a conference committee published […]

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