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Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut dies at 84, remembered for turning “India-No-Place” into “India-Show-Place”

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com CHEVY CHASE, Maryland — Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut passed away Saturday evening after years of battling throat cancer and congestive heart failure. “On behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. It was a real gift to Bill […]

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Former Democratic lawmaker Wayne Townsend dies at 89

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former state lawmaker Wayne Townsend – who was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1984 – died Friday. He was 89. A farmer in Blackford County, the Democrat served three terms in the Indiana House and then 16 years in the state Senate. “As a longtime state legislator, Sen. […]

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Rep. Earl Harris dies after extended illness

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic Rep. Earl Harris of East Chicago, who served in the Indiana House more than three decades, died on Monday after missing much of the 2015 session with an illness. He was 73. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Harris was a “respected colleague and friend.” “Earl Harris was a gentleman […]

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Former Sen. Landske remembered as ‘true public servant’

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former state Sen. Sue Landske, 77, has died following a battle with cancer. The Republican from Cedar Lake chose not to seek reelection last year, saying at the time that she had to do what was “best for my health and best for the Hoosiers that I serve in Northwest […]

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Former Rep. Jerry Denbo dies at 63

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A former state representative remembered for convincing the General Assembly to bring casino gambling to Orange County has died. Democrat Jerry Denbo of French Lick was 63. Denbo served in the Indiana House from 1990 through 2007, during which time he fought to let communities display the Ten Commandments […]

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Commentary: Andy Jacobs, a really good man

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, Andy Jacobs Jr. moderated a debate between me and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson. Peterson had proposed restrictions on violent video games. I was the executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union at the time. We were going to debate the First Amendment implications of the video […]

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Rep. Phyllis Pond loses battle with lung disease

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican state Rep. Phyllis Pond of New Haven has died just weeks after announcing she would resign her seat in the General Assembly due to a lung disease. Pond, 82, had been the longest serving female House member in state history. She was first elected in 1978 and became the […]

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Commentary: The iron man behind Doc Bowen’s gentle eyes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, when I was working on a feature story about Otis Bowen, one of his former staffers told me that there was a secret to understanding the former Indiana governor and U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services. “What you have to understand about Doc,” the staffer said, […]