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Gubernatorial candidates discuss violence, vouchers and mass transit

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time, gubernatorial candidates Democrat John Gregg, Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell took the stage together at Central Library Sunday to discuss issues regarding public transit, school choice vouchers and recent perceived police violence. Public Transit Infrastructure in the Hoosier state could make […]

Commentary: Gov. Pence, walk away from Syrian refugees

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Commentary: Gov. Pence, walk away from Syrian refugees

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com As a younger, less sophisticated man, I was employed as a counselor at the Indiana Boys School. I left that job 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned trying to help my young criminals in that juvenile prison continue to help me in the world of politics today. Go figure. […]

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Holcomb shares economic development plan with few funding details

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican candidate for governor Eric Holcomb announced his economic agenda Tuesday but offered few new ideas and little information about how he would fund it. Holcomb’s proposal includes building a fourth port on the Ohio River, a $1 billion innovation and entrepreneurship plan, and growing the Regional Cities Initiative […]

Commentary: It is raining in East Chicago

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Commentary: It is raining in East Chicago

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I was introduced to the legacy of the late Warren Bennis this week. The innovative scholar on leadership has written that leaders are people who do the right thing, and managers are people who do things right. Mayors, governors and presidents need to be good at both. And one problem with […]

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Since joining in the race, Holcomb beats Gregg in large contributions

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Jumping into the election in late July with less than three months to campaign, Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb is now taking every step he can to raise the funds needed before Nov. 8 to earn the vote. “As Eric says, this campaign is a sprint,” said Pete Seat, […]

Commentary: A ‘deplorable’ insult

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Commentary: A ‘deplorable’ insult

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The contempt some politicians have for the intelligence of the voters is just breathtaking. Consider a press release the Indiana Republican Party issued a few days ago. The release castigated the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat, former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, for “allowing” the Ku Klux Klan […]

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VA unable to reinstate GI Bill benefits for ITT students

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence wants the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reinstate GI Benefits for students who enrolled in ITT Technical Institute, but that may not be legally possible. Carmel-based ITT shut down all of its campuses on Sept. 6 in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education’s […]

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New Kohl’s distribution center coming to Plainfield

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Kohl’s plans to open a new distribution center for online orders in Plainfield and create up to 300 new full-time jobs by 2018. “As the Crossroads of America, Indiana continues to prove why it is a national logistics leader,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Friday. The national retailer […]

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Disaster loans available for August severe weather damage

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Howard and surrounding counties will be able to apply for low-interest disaster loans to aid rebuilding after last month’s severe weather. Gov. Mike Pence’s office announced Thursday that the loans are now available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Kokomo has been hit hard by severe weather in recent years,” […]

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Federal disaster loans requested for Howard County after severe weather

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal low-interest disaster loans for Howard County after last month’s severe weather. If declared, nearby counties of Cass, Carroll, Clinton, Tipton, Grant and Miami would also quality for the loans. “The storms that began Aug. 24 hit many counties,” Pence said in a statement, “and […]

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