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Walorski tells GOP convention that Washington should copy Indiana

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Jackie Walorski, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House, told delegates at the Republican National Convention Tuesday that officials in Washington D.C. should pay attention to what’s working in Indiana. “Hoosiers cherish values like common sense, hard work and problem solving,” Walorski said during a brief speech […]

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8th District race will be state’s most competitive Congressional contest

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s 8th Congressional District in southwest Indiana is the home to the state’s most competitive U.S. House elections this year. Political observers say two other districts – the 9th District in southern Indiana and the 2nd District in northern Indiana – are also worth watching as the November election […]

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Walorski, Brooks nab Maggie’s List endorsements

Staff Report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The conservative Maggie’s List political action committee has endorsed two Indiana women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of those women is Susan Brooks, who is running in the state’s 5th District, which includes Noblesville and Carmel. The other is Jackie Walorski, in the […]

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Indiana official tells Congress that state is ‘ripe’ for higher ed reform

By Tim Grimes and Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s higher education chief told a Congressional committee Wednesday that Indiana’s college and university system is “ripe for reform.” “The state currently ranks 40th in the nation in post-secondary attainment,” Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers testified during an appearance before the House […]

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Domestic abuse shelters, officials wait for Congress to act on federal violence law

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Domestic violence shelters across the state are watching as Congress tries to work through a stalemate that has put funding for crucial programs – some for immigrants and men – in jeopardy. The Violence Against Women Act is a federal law that has been in place since 1994 […]

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Divided Congress resorts to 3-month highway bill

By Daniel C. Vock Stateline.org State transportation officials who worried they might have to delay road construction projects because of a lack of federal money can breathe a little easier, after Congress agreed to keep the money flowing for another three months. Lawmakers sent President Obama the measure Thursday (March 29), but nearly everyone involved […]

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Podcast: Statehouse news for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

In today’s podcast, hear U.S. Rep. Dan Burton explain why he’s not running for reelection and listen as Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman provides new details about the state’s new Bicentennial Nature Trust. Check back every day to listen to our news summary.

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Young files to seek second term in Congress

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-9th District, filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office to run for reelection Thursday. Immediately after, Young began a two-day tour of the 13 counties in the district, which was redrawn since the last election. “In 2010, I was elected to […]

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Home heating help slashed by $1 billion nationwide

By Pamela M. Prah Stateline Staff Writer Just in time for the cold weather and holiday season, states have learned that Congress cut $1.2 billion from a program to provide heating and cooling assistance to low-income families. The large spending bill that Congress approved this month for 2012 contained about $3.5 billion for the Low […]

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Kenley to Congress: Online retailers need to collect sales taxes

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A key Indiana official told a Congressional committee Wednesday that online retailers should be required to pay sales taxes on web-based purchases to help state budgets and reduce their advantages over so-called brick-and-mortar stores. Sen. Luke Kenley, a Noblesville Republican who chairs the state Senate Appropriations Committee, […]

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