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Second governor’s debate showcases differences between candidates

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The second governor’s debate made the differences between Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell clearer after the first primarily highlighted similarities. With a topic of Hoosier jobs and the economy, the candidates answered questions Tuesday night from audience members and the moderator regarding an evolving job market, […]

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Major Salesforce expansion tied to RFRA fix

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Salesforce, one of the top technology employers in the state, plans to add 800 jobs in Indianapolis by 2021. The company also plans to move into Chase Tower and rename it Salesforce Tower. “I want to say to the Salesforce of today and tomorrow across central Indiana—this is really […]

Commentary: Take me out to the ballgame

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Commentary: Take me out to the ballgame

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians had a better home opening game than Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did. The Indians beat the Columbus Clippers, 5-1. The governor didn’t do quite that well. When the public address announcer welcomed Pence to the mound to throw out the first pitch, boos rolled over Victory […]

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Is RFRA in the rearview?

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the national attention surrounding the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during last year’s the NCAA men’s Final Four, many visitors during this year’s women’s tournament felt comfortable in the city. Nearly 30,000 people came to Indianapolis for the tournament, including Steven Van Fleet who traveled from Connecticut to see […]

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Will traditional marriage remain a part of the state GOP platform?

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. — A new push in the state Republican Party would drop traditional marriage from the state party platform. The current platform says, “We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society.” But when the Indiana Republican Party Platform Committee met at […]

Commentary: ‘I am what I am….”

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Commentary: ‘I am what I am….”

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It is time to give Mike Pence his due. Many things – some of them less than complimentary – can be said about the Indiana governor. Pence is, without question, the most polarizing political leader in recent state history, a divisive figure who, for all his good-old-boy geniality, provokes […]

Commentary: Squeezing the life out of the base

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Commentary: Squeezing the life out of the base

By Michael Leppert www.Contrariana.com Two weeks ago I wrote my first column ever on the topic of abortion. I don’t plan to write about the topic often, since I fundamentally believe men should follow the lead of women on this one. I probably have already written enough. After I publish this edition, many of you […]

Commentary: A zeal for restroom regulation

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Commentary: A zeal for restroom regulation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   DAVIDSON, North Carolina – The waitress at the restaurant rolls her eyes. I’d just asked her about the emergency session North Carolina legislators – like Indiana’s lawmakers, a very conservative and heavily gerrymandered Republican bunch – had convened to adopt a measure banning transgender people from using any restroom that […]

Commentary: We came, we saw, we took a nap

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Commentary: We came, we saw, we took a nap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The best thing that can be said for this year’s session of the Indiana General Assembly is that it ended. Lawmakers didn’t do much in their two months at the Statehouse – and what they did do they didn’t do well – but that might be a sign of […]

Commentary: Sunshine on a cloudy year

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Commentary: Sunshine on a cloudy year

By Michael Leppert Contrariana.com Last March, storm clouds moved into the area and dumped a strange and frightening thing on us. It was so unfamiliar, and so scary that it paralyzed our common senses and separated us from our normal and trademark pragmatism. Those clouds ruined an otherwise lovely day. And that day became two, […]

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