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Commentary: Class basketball didn’t hurt our family tradition

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Commentary: Class basketball didn’t hurt our family tradition

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The debate about single-class versus multiple-class high school basketball in Indiana is a little personal for me – not because I care that much about either side of the issue but because I have tremendous memories of attending the high school boys’ finals. It’s sort of a […]

Analysis: Fiscal leaders pull back from overspending

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Analysis: Fiscal leaders pull back from overspending

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Just a few weeks ago, it looked as if lawmakers might go on a bit of a spending spree as their 2012 session was winding down. There were tax credits and tax cuts on the agenda along with new spending on schools and money for state retirees. […]

Commentary: Election rules might be just too complicated

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Commentary: Election rules might be just too complicated

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS Despite covering Indiana politics for 16 years, I’m no expert when it comes to ballot access and campaign finance. I’ve written stories about both. But each time I have to remind myself of the rules and laws that govern what can be an extremely complicated process. This year, […]

Analysis: Fatigue can be a bill’s best friend

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Analysis: Fatigue can be a bill’s best friend

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sometimes an idea takes hold at the General Assembly and seems so logical or becomes so popular that it sweeps into law with barely a debate. That’s what happened this year when Attorney General Greg Zoeller proposed changes to Indiana’s human trafficking law. No one seemed to […]

Analysis: Lawmakers have been up to much more than right to work

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Analysis: Lawmakers have been up to much more than right to work

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – As Republicans and Democrats were squabbling over contentious right-to-work legislation in January, lawmakers were quietly passing a long list of bills that might otherwise have garnered much more attention. That might be a surprise. To listen to some political insiders and opponents, it would be easy to […]

Analysis: Philosophies diverge as lawmakers tackle bills

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Analysis: Philosophies diverge as lawmakers tackle bills

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An interesting dichotomy emerges every year when the General Assembly meets and begins debating hundreds of bills that affect the lives of Hoosiers. Some of that legislation aims to strip away rules and bureaucracy with the goal of more efficient government. But other bills do just the […]