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Wreath is part of new traditions for Statehouse Christmas celebration

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The first sign that Christmas at the Statehouse would be a little different this year came last week when workers hoisted an enormous wreath up into the rotunda, suspended under the stained glass by wires from balconies on either side. That’s the spot under which a 25-foot tree typically […]

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Pence considers suit to stop Obama immigration policies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday the state will consider suing the federal government to stop President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies from taking effect. In a statement, Pence – a possible candidate in the GOP presidential primary in 2016 – said state officials are evaluating Obama’s executive action, […]

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Commentary: What’s wrong with a little work?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When did “work” turn into a four-letter word? Did I miss something? I thought working, so you could be independent and not have to rely on others, was a good thing; apparently not to critics of Gov. Mike pence and his administration’s move that able-bodied individuals actually work or look for […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence for president, the election & more

Welcome to the first edition of Frankly Speaking, a podcast featuring Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener of TheStatehouseFile.com. This week, we talk about big Republican wins in the November election and whether Indiana Gov. Mike Pence might run for president in 2016. And we talk to CNN Politics reporter Eric Bradner about who else might […]

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Feds say yes to original HIP, discussions continue on HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have given Indiana the OK to extend its Healthy Indiana Plan one more year – but have not yet acted on the state’s request to expand HIP to thousands more Hoosiers. The action by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services means residents now signed up for […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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Pence wants HIP 2.0 approval now; delay could cause confusion

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosiers who are buying health coverage through a federal insurance exchange could face confusing changes if Indiana gets permission to offer its own program sometime next year. Open enrollment starts Saturday in the federal marketplace. Last year, some 25,000 Indiana residents whose incomes are between 100 percent […]

Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

Media mogul Steve Forbes talks about whether Mike Pence should run for president By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should run for president because “he’s got the record and got the experience” to be a strong candidate in 2016, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday. “Why shouldn’t he look at […]

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Republicans add to supermajorities in Indiana House and Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener and Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans maintained their supermajorities in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday, assuring they can continue to their priorities essentially at will. The results of a few races remained up in the air late Tuesday but President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, predicted […]

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Republicans sweep statewide races with all-female ticket

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans swept the elections for statewide office Tuesday with easy wins over Democrats running for auditor, treasurer and secretary of state. The results mean that Auditor Suzanne Crouch and Secretary of State Connie Lawson will keep their offices, while Kelly Mitchell will move into the treasurer’s office. “It’s ladies […]

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