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Hate crimes bill dies on the Senate floor

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will continue to be one of five states without a law addressing hate crimes after a bill that would have changed that was killed on the Senate floor Monday.   If passed into law, Senate Bill 439 would have allowed Hoosier judges to consider enhancing criminal sentences based […]

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Rally protesting Indiana’s new abortion law draws more than 1,000

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — More than a thousand people gathered in downtown Indianapolis to rally against what some are calling the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The crowd of both men and women stood and chanted in front of the Statehouse Saturday in protest of Indiana’s new abortion law. The […]

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Several pro-life women vote against abortion legislation

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a dozen House Republicans joined Democrats in a vote against a ban on abortions based on disability or gender, but it wasn’t enough to stop the stipulations from advancing. After about an hour of discussion, primarily by the female legislators, the House voted 60-40 to concur Wednesday on […]

Commentary: Lessons in gender and government service

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Commentary: Lessons in gender and government service

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels’ choice of his former counsel Mark Massa to serve as Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice called attention to two political dynamics. The most obvious, of course, is the issue of gender. Indiana is one of only three states in the union not to have […]