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Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

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Commentary: Tough guys picking fights with school children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Trump administration says its decision to roll back rights for transgender Americans is based on principle. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say they are taking a stand for “states’ rights.” Throughout American history, that’s generally what bigots have said when they […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

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Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence deserves better. The news dominating much of America at present involves former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Before President Donald Trump took office, Flynn, still a private citizen, apparently talked with the Russian ambassador about the sanctions Barack Obama imposed during the waning days of his presidency […]

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Bills become law after Senate, House override Pence vetoes

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two bills are now law after the Senate joined the House in voting to override former Gov. Mike Pence’s vetoes on the bills Tuesday. In Indiana, a governor’s veto can be overridden if a constitutional majority of both chambers—51 representatives, 26 senators—vote to do so. Both bills passed in […]

Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

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Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s check the scorecard right now in the world of politics. The president of the United States now is on the edge of war with the nation’s judicial branch. His angry tweets about a federal judge and now an entire federal appellate court have prompted widespread criticism from, among […]

Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

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Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Billionaire Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education, just gave Vice President Mike Pence his Gloria Swanson/“Sunset Boulevard” moment: “America, I’m ready for my close-up.” Pence, a former governor and congressman from Indiana, cast the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm DeVos. Pence’s vote was the […]

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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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Thousands donate to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s name

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has seen a huge surge of donations since November and they’re thanking Vice President Mike Pence. The controversy began last year when Pence signed a bill into law that prohibits women getting an abortion on the basis of ethnicity, sex or disability. The […]

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Pence sworn in as vice president

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people filled the nation’s capital to witness the 58th Presidential Inauguration, including many Hoosiers. Sarah King, of Indianapolis, traveled to Washington, D.C. to be present for her fourth presidential inauguration. She said the atmosphere of inauguration day is why she plans to attend every four […]

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Indiana Chamber submits list of repeal requests to Pence

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With a Hoosier connection to the White House, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is leveraging their Indiana ties. The chamber submitted a list of regulations they want repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration, because they argue they are “detrimental” to Hoosier businesses. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar […]

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Pence’s high school band prepares for inauguration performance

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 200 members of the Columbus North marching band and color guard are in the nation’s capital to march in a parade only 8,000 students from across the country can say they performed in. “When I realized we could have an opportunity like this, I was just so surprised […]

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