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Commentary: Gerrymandering affects the big issues of our day

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Commentary: Gerrymandering affects the big issues of our day

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com Gerrymandering matters. It is not an arcane word describing some confusing political exercise. Nor is it describing something that affects only politicians and their acolytes. It matters because it has a direct impact on the biggest news stories on the day – tax cuts, sexual harassment, health care, defense and […]

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Rally-goers say gerrymandering hurts democracy

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For 30 years, Edna Parkinson has supported the Republican Party as a fiscal conservative who was pro-life and believed in limited government. Yet despite her staunch Republican background, Parkinson said she does not like seeing a large majority of right-leaning lawmakers in the House and Senate. “To me, not […]

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Former AG Eric Holder entertains and informs Anderson students

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ANDERSON, Ind. — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wore many hats during his six years in the position and Tuesday at Anderson University he talked about his experiences — both good and bad. And his talk and the chance to spend the day with him enthralled sophomore Zachary Van Duyn, […]

Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, gerrymandering was a dark art. Ambitious and unscrupulous politicians looked for ways to draw legislative maps that gave their party an edge. Democrat or Republican, their goal was less to see elections reflect the will of the people than it was to gain and maintain […]

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Rallygoers call for new district lines

By Abrahm Hurt       TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for redistricting reform gathered to commemorate the birthday of “the father of gerrymandering”, former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry. About 100 people showed up on the steps of the south lawn at the Statehouse Monday for the rally, many carrying handmade posters in support of drawing new district lines […]

Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

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Commentary: With gerrymandered districts, your voice might not count

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Some citizens from the Fifth Congressional District recently dropped in on their representative, Susan Brooks, at her Carmel office to talk with her about what’s been happening in Washington. Brooks, who is serving her third term in Congress, wasn’t there, but her staff divided them into two groups and listened to […]

Commentary: Take me out to the ballgame

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Commentary: Take me out to the ballgame

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians had a better home opening game than Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did. The Indians beat the Columbus Clippers, 5-1. The governor didn’t do quite that well. When the public address announcer welcomed Pence to the mound to throw out the first pitch, boos rolled over Victory […]

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Rally goers call for the end of gerrymandering

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday, members of the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting held a rally to call for the end of gerrymandering in the state. On the birthday of the grandfather of gerrymandering, Elbridge Gerry, the coalition spoke out against it. “If Hoosiers want good government, we’ve got to start with redistricting […]

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Supreme Court clears way for independent commissions to handle redistricting

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday for Indiana and other states to use independent commissions to draw legislative and congressional district maps. The nation’s highest court ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s elections clause allows a state to use a commission, even if it operates outside the legislature, […]

Commentary: Children suffer as we fight on

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Commentary: Children suffer as we fight on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Near the end of an hour-long conversation, Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz says there’s a reason our state government struggles to deal with problems that require a reasoned solution. Our system isn’t set up to put people in positions of power who are eager or even willing to […]