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Commentary: Great compared to nothing

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com President Obama last week announced a deal aimed at reducing the threat of a nuclear weapon being developed in Iran. He was joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in a negotiated settlement with Iran that is now on its way to the United Nations for approval. Besides […]

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Rep. Brooks supports women on US currency

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District, said Tuesday she backs legislation that would put a woman on the face of American currency notes — for the first time in the country’s history. Brooks said in a statement that it is time for United States money to “to better reflect the […]

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Donnelly’s military mental health legislation moves forward

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s proposal to provide more mental health options for active military servicemen is on its way to the full Senate. The Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package – also referred to as “Care Package” – is a component of the National Defense Authorization Act […]

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Jim Banks announces bid for 3rd Congressional seat

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, announced Tuesday he is running for the 3rd District seat in Congress. Banks will seek the Republican nomination in the battle for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is also a Republican. Stutzman announced last week that he’ll run for […]

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Pence to Congress: States need to keep control over education

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence told a Congressional committee on Wednesday that the federal government should give states more flexibility to work on education. Pence testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce and spent much of his time praising education in Indiana, citing vouchers, pre-k education, and […]

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Donnelly’s military suicide legislation signed into law

Staff reporter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama has signed a provision authored by Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly into law that’s meant to prevent military suicides by requiring mental health assessments for all service members. The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is part of the national defense bill and is named for […]

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Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system. “This will be […]

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All nine of Indiana’s congressional incumbents reelected

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All of Indiana’s incumbent congressional candidates won their seats easily on Tuesday. Voters reelected seven Republicans and two Democrats to the U.S. House. Neither of the state’s Senate seats was on the ballot. First term U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, a Republican, won reelection easily to her 5th District seat. […]

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Pence: U.S., Japan should work out free-trade differences

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence worked to sell Japanese leaders Monday on new investment in Indiana, saying the “ties that bind our people are strong” and reinforced by shared values of integrity, hard work, tradition and modesty. But Pence – speaking to the 46th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference – ventured […]

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Commentary: Richard Nixon and the fights that followed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The news that the president of the United States was going to resign came to us on a mountaintop in Colorado. It was early August 1974. We – a group of guys from age 15 to the middle 20s – were on a bicycle tour through the Rockies sponsored […]

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