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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence has some strong feelings about gambling legislation that’s been passed by the House and is now headed to the Senate. I mean, I think he does. He’s not actually willing to tell me. Or you. Or apparently anyone who’s not a legislator. We’ll find out, […]

Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results are in – and they are not surprising. Months after House Republicans first said they wanted to revamp school funding, the changes have been translated into actual dollars for districts. As expected, growing districts – those in suburban areas – receive more money under the plan and […]

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Analysis: Five things to expect in the House budget plan

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After weeks of budget hearings and behind-the-scenes debates, House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown is about to unveil a two-year state spending plan likely to mean roughly $35 billion for schools, Medicaid and more. So far, Brown – a Republican from Crawfordsville – has been mum about the […]

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Analysis: Number of women in Indiana legislature lags much of nation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One in five lawmakers at the Indiana General Assembly are women, even though just more than half of Hoosiers are female. It’s a number that ranks the state only 35th in the nation in the proportion of women in the legislature. But does that matter? Yes, says Rep. Christina […]

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Analysis: With Romney out, Pence may find opening

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an unexpected move, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney – the GOP’s 2012 nominee – decided to pull his name from the laundry list of 2016 primary candidates just weeks after he began flirting with another run. Now, with Romney out, which Republican White House hopeful stands to benefit […]

Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ethics questions involving House Education Chairman Bob Behning rose and fell last week in just a matter of days, but the underlying issues shouldn’t go away so quickly. Behning, R-Indianapolis, had proposed to begin lobbying in another state for an education testing company that does business in Indiana and […]

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Analysis: 5 ways to get involved in the legislative process

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the long session of the General Assembly enters it’s third week, lawmakers are gearing up for action on bills that could have a significant impact on the lives of Hoosiers. Bills about education, property taxes, the environment, health care and more are moving through the process, while legislation […]

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Analysis: Behind-the-scenes bills are among most interesting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 session of the General Assembly launched last week with debate about all the issues you’d expect – the budget, education and plenty of politics. But it’s the issues you don’t see coming that make a legislative session interesting. And this one will be no exception. Here are […]

Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

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Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The big talk among legislative leaders about boosting the dollars for education significantly may turn out to be largely that – big talk. That’s no commentary on the Republican leaders who are hoping to make 2015 an education session. They appear sincere in their efforts, although their more specific […]

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Analysis: Education funding depends on upcoming fiscal forecast

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans are talking big about boosting state funding for public schools over the next two years, but it’s not clear yet whether the cash will be available to make that happen. Already, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said that his caucus wants to provide a larger overall increase […]

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