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RTW fight returns to Statehouse – this time at the Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution because it requires unions to provide services to non-members without compensation, an attorney representing labor groups told the state’s highest court Thursday. But a lawyer for the attorney general said the constitutional provision in question would only apply if the state […]

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Pence: State remains right-to-work state, despite court ruling

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Indiana continues to be a right-to-work state, even though a Lake County Circuit Court judge has refused to stay a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. On Thursday, Circuit Judge George Paras – who issued the ruling last month deeming Indiana’s right-to-work […]

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2nd judge declares right-to-work law unconstitutional; state to seek stay

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County judge has struck down Indiana’s 2012 right-to-work law that made it illegal for companies to compel non-union members to pay fees for union services. But Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday that he will ask for a stay to prevent the decision from taking effect […]

Commentary: The master’s voice speaks

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Commentary: The master’s voice speaks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s primary election results show just how divorced from reality our political debates are – and how much worse things are likely to get. The big news from Tuesday’s vote was that social conservatives flexed their muscles and knocked off two Republican incumbents, Rep. Kathy Heuer of Huntington and […]

Commentary: Wage theft and right-to-work Indiana

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Commentary: Wage theft and right-to-work Indiana

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – No good deed goes unpunished, the saying goes, and it is equally axiomatic that no weak participant in the Indiana economy escapes the punitive might of the Statehouse elite. If you’re screwable and you poke your head out of hiding, they will spot you and they will screw you. […]

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Commentary: Right to work was the right thing to do

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  When I read a few weeks ago that a Lake County judge had ruled that Indiana’s passage of right to work violated the state constitution, I had to work really hard to keep a straight face. I frankly didn’t know which was more amusing – the fact that it was a […]

Commentary: Right to work and promises yet to be kept

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Commentary: Right to work and promises yet to be kept

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana Republicans started their push to ram so-called right-to-work legislation through the Indiana General Assembly nearly three years ago, they said that the measure would rain many blessings down on the Hoosier state. The GOP stalwarts in the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate said that right to […]

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Lake County judge declares right-to-work law unconstitutional

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County judge has ruled the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional, saying it requires unions to perform services for which they can’t be compensated. However, Lake Superior Judge John Sedia did not order the state to stop enforcing the law. Instead, he delayed the ruling’s implementation until it could […]

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State’s high court stays out of legislative fine dispute, doesn’t order refunds

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it was inappropriate to intervene in a legislative dispute about the collection of fines levied on Democrats after their walkouts in 2011 and 2012. The decision means the state auditor won’t have to repay Democrats for fines withheld from their expense checks. […]

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Students, editor, website win SPJ awards for reporting, writing

Staff reporter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four students, an editor and TheStatehouseFile.com took home awards Friday night from the 34th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana Journalism” awards gala. Franklin College seniors Samm Quinn and Adrian Gillaspy and sophomores Timothy Cox and Sandie Love won 1st Place in the Coverage of Government and Politics […]

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