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Analysis: Pelath in good position to lead otherwise powerless minority

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath had a message for the business leaders, reporters and political leaders gathered last week for a preview of the 2015 legislative session. “I’m fine.” The Michigan City Democrat said he appreciated the expressions of concern he’d received from friends and Statehouse observers since Republicans […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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Analysis: Democrats have big legislative hole to climb out of

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So what’s the importance of a few more legislative seats when you already have a supermajority? The future. When Republicans added two more seats to their already huge majority in the House last Tuesday and three more to their huge majority in the Senate, they didn’t gain any real […]

Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

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Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More and more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program, which uses taxpayer funds to help low- and middle-income students attend private elementary middle and high schools across the state. This school year, some 29,000 kids are in private schools under the state’s four-year old program. That’s […]

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Analysis: 3 takeaways from the Pew report on political polarization

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have at least a couple things in common: They are more likely to follow government and political news closely and then lead conversations with others about the topics. In fact, the 20 percent of people who are either far right or […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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Analysis: Presidential visit is more than just a photo op for community it highlights

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s easy sometimes to be a tad cynical about staged political events like the one President Barack Obama had Friday in Princeton. He came to the Millennium Steel plant, a Toyota supplier, to talk about the economy, his support for a minimum wage hike and the importance of infrastructure […]

Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The groups gathered last week at the Statehouse represented an incredibly diverse group of people and organizations – doctors, older Hoosiers, hospitals, mental health centers and kids. But they had one message – and it was aimed at the federal government: Approve the state’s HIP 2.0 low-income insurance program. […]

Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The domestic violence scandal that has rocked the NFL has opened a national conversation about the issue and led thousands of women to call hotlines seeking help for their own abuse. That’s good news. But the influx is also stretching nonprofit groups already operating on a shoestring. Fortunately in […]

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Analysis: Bayh, Pence and the 2016 election

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One key politician in Indiana has revealed his plans for the 2016 election, while another continues to dodge the question. Democrat Evan Bayh announced that he would not run for governor in two years. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said he would… well… actually, he didn’t say anything about […]

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