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Analysis: Attorney General is tied by law to defend state statutes

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has been in the news a lot lately with high profile cases involving marriage and health care – and that’s raised questions about his responsibility to represent the state. The attorney general’s office – which is created by state law, not the Indiana Constitution […]

Analysis: Marriages left in limbo tough for all involved

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Analysis: Marriages left in limbo tough for all involved

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Regardless of where you stand on the issue of same sex marriage, this week’s legal proceedings can’t have been wholly satisfying. And at least in the short term, the rulings raise as many questions as they answer. Just days after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on […]

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Analysis: Voucher report raises important state funding questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly half the kids who used state-funded vouchers to attend private school last year never tried the public system first. That startling fact was part of a new report released last week by the Indiana Department of Education. It comes just a few years after the voucher program first […]

Analysis: Amendment effort needs Democrats to be successful

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Analysis: Amendment effort needs Democrats to be successful

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A preliminary meeting meant to plan for a constitutional convention wrapped up Friday at the Indiana Statehouse with plans for another gathering in December and a convention as soon as 2015. Leaders acknowledged there are still plenty of details to work out before the states could come together to […]

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Analysis: History lesson is pure Mourdock

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock – the Republican who fell into trouble two years ago with comments about rape and pregnancy – stepped back into a bit of controversy on Saturday with a speech that compared the direction of the U.S. to Nazi Germany. But just like he did in […]

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Analysis: 2012 wins give Democrats hope for this and future elections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Andre Carson looked across a sea of Democrats at the party’s state convention on Saturday and issued a challenge: Take back the Indiana Statehouse. Maybe not this year, he acknowledged to some cautious applause from the crowd. It might take a little time, what with the Republicans […]

Commentary: We could all be reminded to serve

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Commentary: We could all be reminded to serve

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Graduation speeches are meant for high school and college students moving into the so-called real world. But after listening to one by by Eli Lilly & Co. President John Lechleiter  on Saturday at Franklin College, I wonder if the message shouldn’t be directed just as much at parents, faculty and […]

Analysis: Battles’ decision is bad news for Democrats

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Analysis: Battles’ decision is bad news for Democrats

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes announced last week that he won’t be seeking reelection and is actually resigning his seat now. The decision means the House minority caucus is losing one of its best and most accessible spokesmen. But it’s also a sign of what’s to come if […]

Analysis: Legislature needs stronger conflict rules, personal responsibility

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Analysis: Legislature needs stronger conflict rules, personal responsibility

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Questions about whether Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero appropriately disclosed all his financial ties to the nursing home industry shouldn’t be a surprise to those who track the Indiana General Assembly. It is after all a citizen legislature, meaning that lawmakers work part-time at the capitol and typically […]

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Analysis: Women’s work/home choices should include all options

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When I was growing up in the 1980s and launching my career in the 1990s, the goal for women – at least for my friends and me – was independence. Women before us had made it not only acceptable to work, but to have careers. And therefore the expectation […]

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