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State Rep. Thomas Washburne departing General Assembly

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After five years and a three-hour commute, state Rep. Thomas Washburne, R-Inglefield, is stepping away from politics after his term ends in 2018. Washburne said he is shifting his focus to his family, as living three hours away in the Evansville area has created its fair share of difficulties […]

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Top Republican Kenley to retire from Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — One of the most powerful leaders in the Indiana Statehouse is retiring after 25 years of public office. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, will be step down from his seat on Sept. 30. “It’s been my privilege to serve the people of Senate District 20 at the Statehouse for the […]

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Sen. Pat Miller to retire after 2016 session

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After more than three decades of service at the Statehouse, State Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, will not seek re-election this fall. “Representing our local community at the Statehouse has been a humbling and fulfilling experience,” said Miller in a statement. “Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved […]

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Senator Earline Rogers retires after 38 years of service

Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, announced Tuesday that she would not seek another term in the Indiana Senate, following more than three decades of service to the Indiana General Assembly. “It is going to be hard to say goodbye,” said Rogers. “I’ve been down here for 34 years and this is like another […]

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Indiana Justice Brent Dickson announces spring 2016 retirement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Justice Brent E. Dickson announced his retirement plans on Monday for spring 2016. “During my 17 years of general and trial practice as a lawyer in Lafayette, it had never occurred to me to seek appellate judicial service,” Dickson said in a statement. “But at the suggesting and urging […]

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IPS upping pay to help attract and retain quality teachers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators in the Indianapolis Public School district are receiving their first significant pay hike in five years. Amid the teacher shortage, IPS prioritized teacher raises as a step in retaining and attracting quality teachers. “Research clearly shows that teachers have the most direct impact on student achievement,” Justin Ohlemiller, […]

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Final three Court of Appeals candidates announced

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence now knows the three candidates he can choose from to fill the upcoming vacancy on the state’s Court of Appeals for the second district. The commission announced on Wednesday that Ms. Patricia C. McMath, Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr. and Hob. Christopher M. Goff all made the […]

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Coats: Time has come to pass ‘demanding’ job to someone else

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not seek reelection in 2016 – a move that sparked immediate interest among several top Republicans and Democrats and could start a chain reaction of political moves in Indiana. Coats said the decision not to run was difficult but he’s “concluded that the time […]

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Lawmakers honor Umbarger for 45 years of Indiana National Guard service

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers recognized Adjutant General Martin Umbarger for his 45 years of service to the Indiana National Guard, describing him as a devoted and caring leader. Umbarger, who is retiring this spring, began his career as an enlisted soldier in the Indiana Army National Guard in 1969 and moved up […]

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Bill would raise mandatory retirement age for appellate judges to 80

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would raise the mandatory judicial retirement age for appellate courts from 75 years to 80 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill’s author, Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, said he’s tried to remove the mandatory retirement age completely with past bills, which passed the House […]

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