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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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Indiana’s version of Medicaid get federal approval

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will continue to provide health coverage for low income Hoosiers under the Healthy Indiana Plan.  In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Alex Azar, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, announced the Trump administration’s approval of a three-year extension to HIP.  “The new demonstration includes […]

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Holcomb brings computer-training program for inmates to Indiana

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With a 25-years-to-life prison sentence ahead of him in 1994, Kenyatta Leal didn’t think he’d ever be free again. “Up until about four and a half years ago, I was commonly referred to as Inmate H10983,” Leal said. “When I initially entered the prison system, I was in deep […]

Commentary: Who speaks for the children?

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Commentary: Who speaks for the children?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No one says it isn’t true. I’m talking over the air with state lawmakers, a juvenile court judge and the leader of a children and family services not-for-profit about the letter of resignation Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, sent Gov. Eric Holcomb at […]


By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Don’t Just Govern, Do Something   As we go into the third week of the Indiana General Assembly, I’ve been hearing some folks lament that lawmakers aren’t tackling a “big thing” or that Gov. Eric Holcomb has not offered a “bold agenda.” In other words, people are complaining that there is […]

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Fourth grade lobbyist pushes for state bug

By John Ward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fourth grader Kayla Xu has been lobbying for years to make the firefly Indiana’s state bug. On Tuesday, she got a little closer to her goal. As she sat in the Indiana House listening to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address, she heard the state’s highest elected […]

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GOP and Democrats respond to the State of the State

By Emily Ketterer and Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—As Gov. Eric Holcomb presented his second State of the State address, Republicans applauded his words while Democrats criticized him for not recognizing the issues affecting Hoosiers. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Holcomb “nailed” the theme of expressing the needs of Hoosiers while House […]

Commentary: Holcomb’s subdued State of the State

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Commentary: Holcomb’s subdued State of the State

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb’s second State of the State address didn’t pack many fireworks. Delivered in conversational and occasionally muted tones, Holcomb’s 28-minute speech was interrupted more than 25 times by mostly perfunctory applause. There were no standing ovations, no memorable sound bites, no red meat for rabid partisans on […]

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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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Veterans gather at Statehouse to meet with lawmakers

By Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Veterans and citizens across Indiana traveled to the Statehouse Tuesday morning to have their voices heard by legislators on issues important to both veterans and their loved ones. It was the fourth annual Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day hosted by Reps. Jim Baird, R-Greencastle, and John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis. Currently […]

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