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Guest column: Why Indiana challenged the health care law

By Greg Zoeller Special to The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS–On March 26, the United States Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings with six hours of oral argument on the constitutional challenge filed by Indiana and 25 other states against certain sections of the federal health care law: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, […]

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President Obama declares disaster area for Southern Indiana counties

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — President Obama declared a federal disaster Friday for residents and businesses in six southern Indiana counties affected by tornadoes on March 2. The designation makes aid, grants and loans available to residents affected by the storms in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties. According to […]

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Daniels requests federal help for Southern Indiana storm victims

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels requested federal assistance on Thursday for six Southern Indiana counties hit hard Friday by severe storms and tornadoes. Daniels asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties, where 13 people died and hundreds of […]

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Podcast: Legislative news for Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

In today’s podcast, get all the details on last week’s meeting of the Indiana Election Commission, where the bipartisan group ruled on ballot challenges to Jim Wallace, Barack Obama, Richard Lugar, and Rick Santorum. Listen now: Check back daily for our news summary.

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Election commission takes Wallace off GOP ballot, leaves Santorum, Lugar on

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Election Commission voted 3-1 on Friday to take Republican Jim Wallace off the ballot, clearing Rep. Mike Pence to run unopposed in the GOP primary for governor. But the bipartisan commission voted unanimously to keep GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in the Indiana primary and […]

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Commentary: A peek at the race that might have been

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – When President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered the State of the Union and the Republican response Tuesday night, Americans got a taste of what might have been. For a time, until Daniels – citing concerns for family privacy – decided not to run for […]

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Daniels’ response to Obama: Protect the private sector

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday night that President Barack Obama did not tell the whole truth about the state of the country in his State of the Union Address. Obama said “the state of our union is getting stronger,” citing the creation of three million jobs in the last […]

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Daniels is ‘sensible pick’ to do GOP response to State of the Union

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Republican leaders in Washington announced Thursday that Gov. Mitch Daniels would give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. Both the State of the Union and Daniels’ response are scheduled for next Tuesday. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Daniels’ experience in “fostering […]

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Feds say no to state’s health insurance waiver

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have dealt a blow to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ efforts to push more Hoosiers toward high-deductible, consumer-driven insurance plans that he says will reduce health care costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified the state Sunday that it will not waive a provision […]