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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

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House to focus on domestic violence issues, charity in 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The legislature will take a look at laws about domestic violence and funding dedicated to help victims as part of an effort by the Indiana House to raise awareness about the problem. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be the […]

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Story & photos: GOP leaders say education funding to be focus of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican legislative leaders want to restore their credibility among Indiana teachers with proposals they say will mean more money for education and drive more dollars into classrooms and away from administration. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said on the General Assembly’s Organization Day he has assembled a team of […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

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Analysis: Democrats have big legislative hole to climb out of

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So what’s the importance of a few more legislative seats when you already have a supermajority? The future. When Republicans added two more seats to their already huge majority in the House last Tuesday and three more to their huge majority in the Senate, they didn’t gain any real […]

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Pelath says Democrats will remain strong, relevant despite low numbers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said Thursday he’s to blame – not President Barack Obama or the Indiana Democratic Party – for losses on Election Day that let his caucus slide to just 29 out of 100 members in the chamber. Pelath didn’t offer specifics, saying simply that it’s […]

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Video & story: Republicans to ‘tread lightly’ with bigger majorities in House, Senate

Rep McMillin on new leadership role in Indiana House from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans celebrated Election Day wins that extended their legislative supermajorities to levels not seen for decades but pledged to be inclusive with the dwindling number of their Democratic colleagues. House Speaker Brian Bosma – who will return to […]

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Republicans add to supermajorities in Indiana House and Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener and Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans maintained their supermajorities in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday, assuring they can continue to their priorities essentially at will. The results of a few races remained up in the air late Tuesday but President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, predicted […]

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Legislators need stricter disclosure rules, advocates say

By Hannah Troyer & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators need to be more transparent about conflicts of interest and should never be lobbying privately or publicly for issues that could impact their finances, an open-government advocate said Monday. The General Assembly should also add some independence to its ethics investigations, said Julia Vaughn, policy […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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