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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 […]

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Purdue University will offer 3-year degrees in communications

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue University will offer three-year communications degrees as part of a larger effort to make college more affordable – but that doesn’t mean students will take fewer credits. University President Mitch Daniels picked a proposal from the Brian Lamb School of Communications to offer five majors as three-year degrees. […]

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Daniels seeks ‘value’ for college education at Purdue, elsewhere

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Mitch Daniels sat casually at the circle table near the bay window in his office. He pushed up the sleeves on his crisp white button-up shirt with “Purdue” written above the left breast. He laced his fingers together and placed them on the arm of the simple, […]

IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

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IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence appointed Jim Atterholt as his Chief of Staff today. Atterholt, who served two terms as a state representative and led two state agencies, will begin work Monday. “Jim Atterholt’s experience in state government and in the Indiana General Assembly, along with his reputation for integrity make […]

Former Gov. Daniels to serve on presidential debate commission

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Former Gov. Daniels to serve on presidential debate commission

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Gov. Mitch Daniels will serve on the commission that sets debates for the 2016 presidential election. Daniels, who is now the president of Purdue University and once was considered a Republican presidential hopeful, is one of six new members of the Commission on Presidential Debates, announced Frank J. […]

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Analysis: History has lessons for tax cut fever

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana lawmakers voted this spring to reduce the corporate income tax rate, they were joining hundreds of other legislators across the nation considering tax cuts. But history shows these tax cut splurges can cause significant problems for states when their economies go south – leaving policy makers to […]

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Indiana Supreme Court clears hurdle for Rockport coal-to-gas plant

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The developers of a controversial coal-to-gas plant planned for Rockport say the Indiana Supreme Court has handed them a decisive victory in a battle over whether a deal to build it complied with state law. But a utility company that’s been fighting the project argues the opposite. The 5-0 […]

Analysis: 10 years later, Frank O’Bannon’s legacy starts with Ivy Tech expansion

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Analysis: 10 years later, Frank O’Bannon’s legacy starts with Ivy Tech expansion

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s fairly easy for politicians once they’ve left office – especially the ones who don’t erupt with dynamic personalities or leave their jobs in scandal – to slip from the public’s consciousness. The officials who quietly go about the business of government – for better or worse – are […]

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels responds to academic freedom criticism

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mitch Daniels calls to express some concerns about a column I’d written about him, the late Howard Zinn and academic freedom. Daniels, former Indiana governor and current Purdue University president, tells me that the stories about an email exchange between him and his education advisors while he was the […]

Commentary: Emails reveal another side to Daniels’ academic freedom debate

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Commentary: Emails reveal another side to Daniels’ academic freedom debate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When he was governor, Mitch Daniels released a list of holiday book recommendations just before every Christmas. He did it to encourage Hoosiers to read. At the same time, it turns out, Daniels was trying to limit what Indiana students could read and what their teachers could teach. In […]

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