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Commentary: A flag emptied of meaning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, has peculiar notions of what patriotism and freedom mean. Smith has made national news. He’s proposed a state law that would require the Indianapolis Colts to issue refunds to any football fans upset if players take a knee during the playing of the national […]

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Activists push for fair legislative district boundaries

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Holding campaign flyers from the 2016 election, Bill Kline walked his Sheridan neighborhood, shaking his head, asking himself when he will be fairly represented in state and federal government. “It’s corrupted — the way they draw these lines isn’t an accurate representation of the people who actually live in […]

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Rallygoers call for new district lines

By Abrahm Hurt       TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for redistricting reform gathered to commemorate the birthday of “the father of gerrymandering”, former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry. About 100 people showed up on the steps of the south lawn at the Statehouse Monday for the rally, many carrying handmade posters in support of drawing new district lines […]

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Texting and driving can be fatal

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jill Biddle, of Kirklin, lost her daughter, Maria Droesch, 17, in a car crash in June 2016 after Maria veered into oncoming traffic while texting and driving. On Tuesday, the young woman’s blue Grand Prix sat on a trailer in the middle of the Statehouse plaza, a mangled heap of […]

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Supporters for redistricting reform continue to fight despite the halt in committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Bill 1014 may have failed this year, but supporters say their fight for redistricting reform in Indiana isn’t over. The House Elections and Apportionment Committee heard testimony on a bill to establish an independent redistricting commission, but the chairman, Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, did not to call for […]

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Lawmakers hold redistricting bill days before committee deadline

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday. Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry Torr, […]

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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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Lawmakers want to tighten controls on synthetic drugs

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Indiana House of Representatives are considering a measure they say would keep them a step ahead of people who create synthetic drugs, at least for now. There has been an outbreak in the past couple years of a new drug known as “bath salts” […]