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Commentary: David Long’s closed-door legacy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When David Long announced his retirement as president pro tempore of the Indiana Senate, most tributes focused on his part in the battles and public policy decisions that have made the state a laboratory for conservative governance. In his retirement announcement, the Fort Wayne Republican touted his role in […]

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Long-time Senate leader David Long is retiring

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—After 22 years in the Indiana Senate, the last dozen as its leader, David Long announced that he is retiring effective Nov. 6, Election Day. The Fort Wayne Republican spent eight years as a councilman in his hometown before joining the state Senate in 1996. Ten years later he became president […]

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Senate Republicans sink hate crime legislation

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hate crime legislation appears to be dead for the 2018 session after Senate Republicans Tuesday pulled it, saying they were unable to find common ground to advance the bill. Senate Bill 418 would have allowed judges to weigh everything from race and sex to gender identity and sexual orientation as aggravating […]

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Holcomb keeps focus on improving Hoosier job skills

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb sharpened his focus on workforce development as he touted Indiana’s record-breaking job growth in his second State of the State address Tuesday. Even as he celebrated the state’s successes in attracting new business and jobs, he highlighted plans to create opportunities for Hoosiers who lack the training or […]

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Sunday alcohol sales, opioid crisis among Senate GOP’s top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers may be one step closer to purchasing alcohol on Sundays if Senate Republicans can convince the General Assembly to pass a bill permitting carryout sales this session. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, introduced Senate Bill 1 Monday as one of five major items on the Senate Republicans’ agenda. The […]

Commentary: Why discipline matters

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Commentary: Why discipline matters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans have plans. And Indiana Democrats have concerns. That was the big takeaway from interviews I did with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (a Republican), Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and House Democratic […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

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Long reshuffles state Senate committee posts

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has reshuffled leadership posts in the aftermath of the retirement of Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek. Hershman, who served as the Senate majority floor leader under Long, announced a week ago that he is leaving the legislature effective at the beginning of the […]

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State senator quits to take job in Washington D.C.

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Brandt Hershman announced Friday that he is quitting the Indiana General Assembly mid-way through his fifth term to take a position with a law firm in Washington D.C. The Buck Creek Republican’s resignation is effective Jan. 2, one day before the start of the new legislative session. Hershman, […]

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Lawmakers list goals for upcoming session

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — After House Speaker Brian Bosma’s mother died last week, her funeral memory page was filled with harsh words — from comparing Bosma to Nazis to saying he’s un-Christian — causing him to kick off the 2018 legislative session calling for civility from lawmakers on their social media pages.  […]

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