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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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Analysis: Free textbooks not likely to make next year’s budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to start spending another $70 million annually to make textbooks free for all Hoosiers. But it’s going to be a tough sell. Democrats have tried for years to get majority Republicans to go along with the idea. But the hefty price tag has […]

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Analysis: Mourdock decision is disappointing

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock twice asked voters to send him to the capitol to watch over the state’s investment portfolio. In the end, though, Mourdock was more interested in his own. The Republican resigned his office on Friday – four months before his second term was to expire. He […]

Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

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Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Does it even matter? That’s the question I’ve been mulling as attorneys prepare to argue the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning same sex marriage before a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. After all, two other federal appeals courts have already ruled on the […]

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Analysis: Pence’s university budget cuts could pose problems for lawmakers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Universities were among the hardest hit state-funded entities during the so-called Great Recession. Or maybe it’s fairer to give that designation to college students, who faced higher tuition and fees as lawmakers pulled back on funding their schools. But in the last couple of years, lawmakers have been trying […]

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Analysis: New chief justice makes court more representative for women

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will have its first female chief justice later this month when Loretta Rush takes over for Brent Dickson, who is stepping down from the position. A nominating panel picked Rush over three colleagues last week to serve as the state’s top judge. The panel’s members were adamant […]

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Analysis: Attorney General is tied by law to defend state statutes

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has been in the news a lot lately with high profile cases involving marriage and health care – and that’s raised questions about his responsibility to represent the state. The attorney general’s office – which is created by state law, not the Indiana Constitution […]

Analysis: Marriages left in limbo tough for all involved

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Analysis: Marriages left in limbo tough for all involved

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Regardless of where you stand on the issue of same sex marriage, this week’s legal proceedings can’t have been wholly satisfying. And at least in the short term, the rulings raise as many questions as they answer. Just days after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on […]

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Analysis: Voucher report raises important state funding questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly half the kids who used state-funded vouchers to attend private school last year never tried the public system first. That startling fact was part of a new report released last week by the Indiana Department of Education. It comes just a few years after the voucher program first […]

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