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Pence sends letter to president on immigration crisis

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing “profound concern” about what the governor called “the federal government’s mishandling” of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Latin America. Pence’s letter came at a time when thousands of unaccompanied children are arriving in the United […]

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Commentary: When constitutions fail

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Do we put too much stock in constitutions? What if securing liberty is harder work than putting words on paper? Our foundation tried to answer that question 20 years ago this month. It filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Legislature, which had hidden a pay raise in a package […]

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Pence pledges to fight EPA carbon rules; environments applaud proposed reductions

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said a proposed EPA clean energy rule will be “devastating” to Indiana’s economies, Hoosier families and jobs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan calls for states to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Pence called the plan […]

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Indiana delegation looks to new leadership to fix VA issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier lawmakers said Friday they look forward to new veterans affairs leadership after Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned under pressure over problems involving cover ups and wait times for care at government-run hospitals. But lawmakers said the resignation doesn’t solve the VA’s problems. “Congress and the American people must not […]

Commentary: At last, a real health care debate

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Commentary: At last, a real health care debate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The confused response to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed plan to expand the state’s medical coverage for the poor shows how much Obamacare has changed the American political dialogue – and is likely to continue changing it. Pence, a conservative Republican whose flirtation with running for president in 2016 […]

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Pence to Obama: Repeal medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to work with Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is helping to pay for the federal health care law. Pence said the law – which took effect Jan. 1, […]

Commentary: Soldier’s thumbs up conveys president’s message of hope

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Commentary: Soldier’s thumbs up conveys president’s message of hope

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two moments dominated President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address. The most powerful of them came at the crescendo, when the president told the story of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, who had been severely wounded and nearly killed on his 10th deployment in Afghanistan […]

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Commentary: The 2013 that might have been for a President Pence

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com As we approach the end of 2013 it is tempting to reflect on the year that was in Indiana politics. Instead, just for fun, how about a look at the year that wasn’t? The year actually began with the inaugurations of President Barack Obama in Washington and Gov. Mike Pence in […]

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Commentary: Health care critics on both sides are unrealistic

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Barack Obama could use some sane, centered friends. So, for that matter, could the American people. The barrage Obama has faced from the Republican Party and conservatives since he took office almost five years ago has been almost as incessant as it has been nonsensical. The GOP has attacked, […]

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Former Sen. Lugar gets nation’s highest civilian honor

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama on Wednesday presented former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian award – during a ceremony at the White House. Lugar, who represented Indiana in the Senate for more than three decades, “put country above party […]

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