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Commentary: Beware of lobbyists and unicorns

Commentary: Beware of lobbyists and unicorns

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Today, I throw myself on the mercy of the public and beg forgiveness. It is true. I confess. I am, and have been for some time, gulp, a lobbyist.  Audible gasps in the room ensue right here. Polling and focus groups clearly and consistently tell campaigners that if a candidate can […]

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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

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Behning tests new commitment to ethics

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The new ethics bill and rules proposed by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, are already being put to the test – even before implementation. And while Bosma said the system is working, he said he remains “uncomfortable” with the situation. The Indianapolis Star has reported that House Education Committee […]

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New lawmaker sworn in to District 83 seat; Rep. Heuer moves on to lobby group

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Christopher Judy will serve what’s left of the House District 83 term of former Rep. Kathy Heuer, who resigned the position in August to take a job with a health care lobbying group. The change comes about three months after Judy defeated Heuer in the GOP primary. Supreme […]

Commentary: The speech lawmakers would like to give

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Commentary: The speech lawmakers would like to give

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Speech: “I am George Legislor, elected by you, my ‘people’ (voters, electors, constituents, you choose the name). I here say what I think of you. “You accuse me of ‘only wanting to be elected,’ ‘not representing the people,’  ‘bowing to special interests,’ ‘being a tool of lobbyists,’ ‘never seeing a tax […]

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AT&T brings Soards home to be new state president

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Soards, a native Hoosier, has been announced as the new president of AT&T in Indiana effective Nov. 1. “I’m deeply honored by this opportunity to lead Indiana’s great team of AT&T employees,” Soards said in a statement. “My passion and interest has always been where public policy and […]

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Video & story: Lobbying against the political tide

Nancy Guyott: A day in the life of a lobbyist from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – John Cardwell doesn’t really have a voice. He says he’s feeling sick today and you can hear it. He testified at a committee earlier and now he’s sipping a hot drink and trying to not […]

Video: Lobbyists go casual with ‘no-tie Thursdays’

Lobbyists in the hallway at the Indiana Statehouse have created “no tie Thursdays” as a way to create a more casual atmosphere as they try to influence lawmakers. Organizer Mike O’Brien says the “fun” lobbyists go casual unless they’re appearing at one of the legislature’s “big boy” committees including House Ways & Means and Senate […]

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Lobbyists, public would have to take oath to testify under bill

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lobbyists and the public might be required to take an oath when testifying in front of lawmakers, under a bill a House committee considered Monday. House Bill 1208, authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, calls for witnesses to verbally speak an oath or provide the oath in writing. […]