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Ellspermann writes to EPA requesting quick action on renewable energy requirements

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take action on setting renewable energy volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016. In a letter to the EPA Administrator, Ellspermann noted the uncertainty in the volumes requirements significantly impacts Hoosier farmers and biofuels industries in Indiana. Gov. Mike […]

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U.S. Senate race on level playing field

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat could divide the GOP between its two most important constituencies – social conservatives and business-minded Republicans. But experts and political observers say whoever wins will be a strong candidate to take on the likely Democratic nominee, Baron Hill. “We have three […]

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Zoeller joins Waltz, Houchin in 9th district GOP fight

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Monday publicly joined a crowded field of Republicans seeking what will be an open in Indiana’s 9th congressional district. State Sens. Erin Houchin of Salem and Brent Waltz of Greenwood already are in the race. “This is definitely going to be a spirited […]

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Analysis: Fun race setting up in 9th District Republican primary

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For a time, when Indiana’s 9th congressional district ran along the Ohio River, all eyes watched in November as close battles kept voters in suspense. That’s when Democrat Baron Hill and Republican Mike Sodrel traded the seat back and forth – and before Republican Todd Young knocked Hill off […]

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Jim Banks announces bid for 3rd Congressional seat

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, announced Tuesday he is running for the 3rd District seat in Congress. Banks will seek the Republican nomination in the battle for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is also a Republican. Stutzman announced last week that he’ll run for […]

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Video & story: Stutzman running for Senate, says he’s the conservative in the race

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com ROANOKE, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman threw his hat into the ring Saturday for the U.S. Senate seat to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats. Stutzman made his announcement in the heart of Roanoke – a small […]

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Congress considers a bill to curb drug abuse

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in Indiana has been re-introduced in Congress. Sen. Joe Donelly, D-Indiana, said he is resurrecting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education and Enforcement Act because abuse of opioids and heroin continues to rise nationwide. “Sadly, prescription […]

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Bill to ban taxes on Internet access moves to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana took another step toward becoming the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access after a bill that would implement a permanent ban passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. Senate Bill 80 might be largely meaningless. The federal Tax Freedom Act has put a moratorium on […]

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Guest column: Is federal education aid worth it?

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Could Indiana live without 12 percent of its education budget, the $1.2 billion coming from Washington each year? The answer is yes if you trust cost-benefit analysis. The work of an expert in that field, Dr. Maryann O. Keating, writing in the current issue of the quarterly Indiana Policy […]

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Indiana could take Internet taxation issue into its own hands

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could soon become the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access – a move supporters say is necessary given an unstable environment in the nation’s capitol. But with technology changing quickly, a ban could eventually mean less state revenue. The federal Internet Tax Freedom […]