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Leaders envision the state’s next 100 years

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With less than 100 days until Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday on December 11, Hoosier leaders are looking ahead to the future of Indiana with a new project. The Bicentennial Visioning Project is a book containing 50 ideas from more than 110 thought-leaders and subject-matter experts. The goal is […]

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Lugar, Hamilton talk political civility at lieutenant governor’s conference

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two distinguished former lawmakers – one Democrat and one Republican – spoke out Wednesday about civility among elected officials. Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar took part in a panel to discuss their experience working with members of the opposing party and the need […]

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New Visioning Projects makes plans for Indiana’s future

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Today’s thought leaders are taking big ideas and broad goals and putting them into action through what’s being called the Bicentennial Visioning Project. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and former Congressman Lee Hamilton announced the project on Friday. The project will focus on Indiana’s future, 50 years down the road to […]

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Commentary: Mike Delph, the man who would be kingmaker

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly barely has started and Gov. Mike Pence’s flirtation with running for president already casts a shadow over it. Days before the session opened, the news broke that Indiana Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, planned to push a bill that would allow Pence, […]

Commentary: Jacobs’ funeral brings out history’s greats

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Commentary: Jacobs’ funeral brings out history’s greats

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead. – James Joyce, “The Dead”  INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it was fitting that the familiar figures traipsed to the Statehouse between […]

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Bicentennial commission will endorse local projects for state’s birthday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bicentennial Commission on Wednesday launched an effort to endorse local projects so they can be celebrated as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration in 2016. The Bicentennial Legacy Projects will be those in which communities partner with organizations on projects that are culturally inclusive, create a […]

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State picks a dozen land projects, purchases for initial bicentennial program funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An inner city lake, several local trails, and wetlands areas are among the dozen spaces across Indiana chosen as the first Bicentennial Nature Trust projects under a program launched by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The projects will receive more than $2.3 million from the trust, which is funded through state […]

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State will work to preserve land as part of 200th birthday celebration

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state is looking for conservation ideas and private donations as it implements a new Bicentennial Nature Trust that will be part of a larger effort to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Tuesday that $20 million in state funding will serve as “seed […]