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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence won’t talk gambling, the HPV vaccine & the Pence Watch

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener talk about Gov. Mike Pence’s refusal to say publicly where he stands on gambling legislation. They also discuss the failure of a bill meant to boost HPV vaccination rates. And there’s debate about the budget and, of course, the Pence Watch. You may also like Webcast: The budget, gambling […]

Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence has some strong feelings about gambling legislation that’s been passed by the House and is now headed to the Senate. I mean, I think he does. He’s not actually willing to tell me. Or you. Or apparently anyone who’s not a legislator. We’ll find out, […]

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Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House has killed a controversial measure that aimed to boost HPV vaccination rates in order to reduce the prevalence of cervical and other cancers in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere on failed HPV vaccine bill Supporters say the bill – which did not require anyone to actually get […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Mike Pence goes to Washington, the House budget is out & more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener discuss the week’s news, including what’s in the House GOP budget, how the Ways & Means Committee changed the gambling bill and where Gov. Mike Pence is headed soon. You may also like Webcast: The budget, gambling controversies and a … Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence won’t talk g… Analysis: […]

Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results are in – and they are not surprising. Months after House Republicans first said they wanted to revamp school funding, the changes have been translated into actual dollars for districts. As expected, growing districts – those in suburban areas – receive more money under the plan and […]

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Analysis: Five things to expect in the House budget plan

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After weeks of budget hearings and behind-the-scenes debates, House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown is about to unveil a two-year state spending plan likely to mean roughly $35 billion for schools, Medicaid and more. So far, Brown – a Republican from Crawfordsville – has been mum about the […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The ISTEP, the budget and the Pence Watch

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener debate the week’s news at the Indiana Statehouse, focusing on the ISTEP debacle and the state budget. You may also like Bill would educate students about their college lo… Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what… Webcast: The budget, gambling controversies and a … Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence won’t talk […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Obama comes to town, budget talks & more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener talk about the week’s news in Indiana’s capitol, including President Obama’s trip to tout his community college plan and budget discussions that include legislative leaders saying no to the governor’s prison expansion plans. You may also like Bill would educate students about their college lo… Guest column: Republicans aren’t […]

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Analysis: Number of women in Indiana legislature lags much of nation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One in five lawmakers at the Indiana General Assembly are women, even though just more than half of Hoosiers are female. It’s a number that ranks the state only 35th in the nation in the proportion of women in the legislature. But does that matter? Yes, says Rep. Christina […]

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House Committee debates ‘Freedom to Teach’ bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education Committee is debating a bill meant to help move teachers into leadership roles while still keeping them in the classroom – and paying them more. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, has dubbed his bill – House Bill 1009 – the “Freedom to Teach Act” and the goal […]

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