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Commentary: Cage match on Capitol Ave.

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Commentary: Cage match on Capitol Ave.

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com There is a battle going on in the Indiana Statehouse.  And it isn’t the one you might think I mean. It reminds me of a cage match. It is very much like that barbaric cross between wrestling, boxing and street fighting where there is no escape from the conflict contained within […]

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Video & story: Pence says he’s ready for election fight, says faith must coexist with changing culture

pence seeks reelection 6-18-2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said in a speech to launch his reelection bid Thursday that Hoosiers won’t “tolerate discrimination against anyone.” But Pence said the state’s gay rights debate can’t be about “winners and losers.” “We should protect freedom,” Pence said. […]

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Discrimination against gays won’t be part of summer study committee roster

By Keith Kassen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers will not conduct a public study of gay rights issues in Indiana in advance of the 2016 legislative session. Legislative leaders on Thursday approved 40 topics for work by summer study committees, but adding sexual orientation to the state’s civil rights law was not one. Senate President […]

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Pence says RFRA debacle is in the past

House could take up anti-discrimination language By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s confident the state is past the worst of the uproar over the passage of a religious freedom bill that critics say authorized discrimination against people who are gay or lesbians. Indiana became the focus of national attention when […]

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Analysis: Postponing anti-discrimination debate is risky

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The relief seemed almost palpable Thursday as the attacks on Indiana eased – but the break may be only temporary. Republicans and some business leaders had struck a deal on a so-called fix for the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The goal was simple: Stop the bleeding. And maybe […]

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Pence signs RFRA ‘fix’ that says law doesn’t authorize retailers to refuse service to LGBT

Business leaders say change is good first step By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill supporters say will “fix” Indiana’s divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act – but it stops far short of banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Pence signed the new language behind closed doors after he said […]

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Religious freedom bill headed to governor’s desk

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that sparked heated discussion throughout the 2015 session is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence, who plans to sign into law. The Senate gave the Religious Freedom Restoration Act final approval on Tuesday, just a day after the measure passed the House, which had made small […]

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Religious rights bill now eligible for final House vote

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that – depending on who describes it – either promotes discrimination or protects business owners’ religious beliefs moved forward Thursday in the Indiana House with no changes. Senate Bill 101 is now eligible for a full vote by the House. Supporters say it’s meant to give the […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill moves to full House

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to Full House from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill meant to protect private storeowners from being forced to take part in business transactions that violate their religious beliefs passed a House committee along party lines on Monday. The vote came after more than 100 […]

Commentary: Referenda and realpolitick

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Commentary: Referenda and realpolitick

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Whom should we allow to vote, and for what? Not just anybody and not anything sacred, depending on which side of the left-right divide you occupy. As restrictions on ballot access continue to proliferate in Republican-dominated states, we seem to be hearkening back to the days when democracy was a daddy […]

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