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Commentary: Gov. Pence and the backward k

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Commentary: Gov. Pence and the backward k

By Michael Leppert http://www.contrariana.com Henry Chadwick, an English born historian and creator of baseball’s box score, used the letter “K” to denote a strikeout in the scorebook because it was the last letter in “struck” as in “struck out.”  He often used the last letter in a word because it was often more memorable, and […]

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LGBT civil rights bill dies for this session, expected to return next

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The LGBT community will have to wait to find out if the state will extend protections to them. “After several, several, several months of honest, good-faith discussion, it has become apparent that Senate Bill 344 lacks the support in our Senate to advance any further. And as a result, […]

Commentary: Pence, Bosma and the self-created ties that bind them

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Commentary: Pence, Bosma and the self-created ties that bind them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When it became clear there was a chance a bill offering some sort-of, maybe, kind-of civil rights protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers might emerge from the Indiana Senate and head to the House of Representatives, House Speaker Brian Bosma had a quick response. “I have yet to […]

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LGBT rights bill faces a new barrier

By Jay Siskin, Amanda Creech and Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The first LGBT civil rights bill to make progress in the legislature this year is facing a new hurdle. “I have yet to talk to someone who thinks the bill is a good idea,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. “It is hard to […]

Commentary: A road back to reason

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Commentary: A road back to reason

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several things are intriguing about the debate Hoosier Republicans are having about how to fund repairs to Indiana’s decaying roads and bridges. The first is that the members of the GOP are having a debate. Republicans have advanced several plans to start the long and expensive work – the […]

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Two bills preventing damage from 2015 ISTEP signed into law

By Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence Thursday will prevent 2015 ISTEP performance scores from negatively impacting schools and educators. “We came together to put our kids, and our teachers and our schools first, just as Hoosiers would expect us to do,” Pence said. “Today demonstrates that leaders […]

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Bosma open to the idea of adding toll roads on Indiana interstates

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­­– House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is interested in exploring using tolling a new source of funding for Indiana’s highways. “The experts agree that the future, particularly on our major highways in the Crossroads of America, is to move into the tolling business,” Bosma said Thursday. “So we are […]

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Mandatory cursive curriculum advances but still faces hurdles

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s to make cursive writing mandatory in elementary school curriculum. Senate Bill 73, making cursive mandatory in schools, passed out of the Education and Career Development committee Wednesday with a 6-4 vote. Author, Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, was not […]

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GOP leaders respond to 2016 State of the State address

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Republican leaders followed Gov. Mike Pence’s lead in not defining a hard stance on LGBT issues but focused more on the issues of drugs, roads and education. “He talked about the LGBT issue,” Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “It’s been long awaited to have […]

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GOP House agenda: Roads, education & drug prevention

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Although this year’s session is just 10 weeks long, the House Republicans are determined to accomplish their top four priorities. “You won’t see too much that will shock you because we have been talking about these things since October,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said. “Our top priorities are roads […]

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