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State health commissioner resigns

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Health Commissioner William VanNess has resigned with little explanation from the governor’s office about the move. Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement, saying that VanNess had “served Hoosiers passionately and with great dedication as state health commissioner and we will miss his leadership.” Pence appointed VanNess – a physician […]

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Pence: State remains right-to-work state, despite court ruling

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Indiana continues to be a right-to-work state, even though a Lake County Circuit Court judge has refused to stay a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. On Thursday, Circuit Judge George Paras – who issued the ruling last month deeming Indiana’s right-to-work […]

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Evan Bayh says gubernatorial run is ‘unlikely’

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Evan Bayh says it’s “unlikely” he will run for governor again, although he won’t finalize his decision until after Labor Day. The former senator and two-term governor said during the “No Limits” radio show on WFYI that he has given the idea consideration because people he respects asked […]

Commentary: Indiana: Looking right for No. 1

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Commentary: Indiana: Looking right for No. 1

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com You’ve got your Texas, your Mississippi, even your – Lord save our cheese – Wisconsin. Could the most rightwing state in the union be our own Indiana? I’m tempted to call it a lock after reading a recent piece in the liberal organ Truthout with the headline “The Ultra-Right-Wing State Nobody […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s always amusing to watch otherwise smart people do stupid things. I’m thinking about the way the members of the self-proclaimed education reform crowd have let Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz get under their skin. Let’s take stock of where things are. Two years ago, Ritz, a […]

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Analysis: Pence’s university budget cuts could pose problems for lawmakers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Universities were among the hardest hit state-funded entities during the so-called Great Recession. Or maybe it’s fairer to give that designation to college students, who faced higher tuition and fees as lawmakers pulled back on funding their schools. But in the last couple of years, lawmakers have been trying […]

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Rush to be sworn in Monday as Indiana’s Chief Justice

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History will officially be made on Monday, as Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will be formally sworn-in as Chief Justice of the state’s highest court. She is the first woman in the nearly 200 years of the court to hold the position. Current Chief Justice Brent Dickson – […]

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Pence: State will pay adoption subsidies for special needs kids this year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1,400 families who adopted special needs children out of foster care are in line to receive state subsidies under an order Gov. Mike Pence gave a state agency Tuesday. The Department of Child Services will fund the $10 million in subsidies out of unspent money it would have […]

Commentary: Pence and the costs of immigrant-baiting

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Commentary: Pence and the costs of immigrant-baiting

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fired off a letter to President Barack Obama complaining about unaccompanied children being placed with sponsors in Indiana, he opened himself to considerable criticism. Most of the fire focused on Pence’s supposed hypocrisy. The Indiana governor said he felt “deep compassion” for these children, […]

Commentary: Pious leadership shows its true colors

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Commentary: Pious leadership shows its true colors

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com When I wrote in this space last week about Indiana’s conspicuous indifference to the plight of the border children, I didn’t consider the possibility that private households could and might take up the noble task that government was performing in Massachusetts and shunning here. So, I’ve been surprised to see that […]

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