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Commentary: Schools get love, not lucre

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Commentary: Schools get love, not lucre

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com  Both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mike Pence are putting education front and center at the moment, but neither is taking on what’s central to the challenge. The president wants free college for all who qualify – and idea whose time has come, or would have come, if there weren’t so […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

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Commentary: Obama reminds Republicans that he’s still the prez

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s good to be the president of the United States. That’s the big lesson from the State of the Union Address – his sixth – that Barack Obama delivered Tuesday night. Just 11 weeks after his Democratic Party got shellacked in the 2014 midterm election, Obama in his hour-long […]

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Donnelly’s military suicide legislation signed into law

Staff reporter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama has signed a provision authored by Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly into law that’s meant to prevent military suicides by requiring mental health assessments for all service members. The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is part of the national defense bill and is named for […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence’s immigration suit, a new poll and education squabbles

This week we talk about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to join a multi-state suit against the president’s immigration policy, a new Hoosier Survey that measures voters’ opinions on public policy issues, and problems between the state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the education board. Ball State’s Ray Scheele and ChalkBeat Indiana’s Scott Elliott are guests. […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against Obama’s immigration policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will join 16 states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies. The suit – spearheaded by Texas – asks a judge to declare the president’s executive order unconstitutional because it’s a policy change that did not receive congressional approval. Pence will use outside attorneys to […]

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Pence considers suit to stop Obama immigration policies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday the state will consider suing the federal government to stop President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies from taking effect. In a statement, Pence – a possible candidate in the GOP presidential primary in 2016 – said state officials are evaluating Obama’s executive action, […]

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Commentary: Malala, Nabila and the face of struggle

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com How do you solve the problem with Malala? How do you begin to pay adequate homage to this tiny pillar of prophetic courage while retaining the necessary reservations about celebrity politics and skepticism toward the Nobel establishment, the U.S. government, and their bundle of motives? You might consider Nabila. Nabila Rehman […]

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Pence meets with HHS secretary to talk health care

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence met Monday with a key federal official in his quest to win approval for an expansion of a health care plan for low-income Hoosiers. Pence  characterized his conversation with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as “substantive” but he said differences remain between what […]

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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 […]

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