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INDOT to track Santa’s arrival to Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Santa Claus is coming to town and the Indiana Department of Transportation will track his journey across the Hoosier state on Dec. 24. Santa and his reindeer friends are expected to enter the state around 6 p.m. Friday. He will spend a half hour in each of INDOT’s six regional districts […]

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Digital analytics show Pence dominating the online political conversation

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com CLEVELAND — In an online political shift, Gov. Mike Pence has been leading the digital discussion since the big announcement that he’d be Donald Trump’s running mate. “The conversation went from around Donald Trump—which is what we had seen from over a year—to Gov. Pence,” Michael Venet, an account executive for a […]

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Beware of “free” trips and other security advice for summer travel

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ ­— Summer is finally here, which means flights are being booked and destinations are being decided on for family trips. In order to plan a safe and stress-free vacation, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office released tips to make sure fraud and criminal activity do not make the trip with you. […]

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Live tweets add a little zing to Pence address

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — If the live feed of the governor’s State of the State address was too dry to swallow, viewers had a fiery alternative in the live tweets offered by a handful of Hoosiers. The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus and House Republican Caucus relinquished hold of their twitter reigns and allowed a few […]

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Students win scholarships for anti-texting & driving social media posts

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Seventeen high school and college students were honored Friday after earning $5,000 scholarships for creative social media posts to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. “A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver,” said Lt. Gov. Sue […]

Commentary: Statehouse social media

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Commentary: Statehouse social media

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org A week or so ago, Republican State Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel talked about his “tweet heard around the world.”  He sent out a Twitter message that there were not enough votes in the Senate caucus to restore the second sentence banning civil unions into HJR-3, the marriage amendment. Delph had […]

Commentary: Recent faux pas not about free speech

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Commentary: Recent faux pas not about free speech

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bless “Duck Dynasty” and Justine Sacco. Together, they’ve created an opportunity for an important civic education lesson. For those of you who don’t know what the twin furors over “Duck Dynasty” and Sacco are – presumably because you have been wasting your time focusing on things that matter – […]

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Pence discourages ‘discussion of political views’ on official Facebook page

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new social media policy released by Gov. Mike Pence’s office asks that discussion of political philosophies on the governor’s social media sites be limited. “The focus of the social networking opportunities is to share information about the governor of Indiana’s programs and activities,” the policy says. “Larger discussion […]

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Pence administration continues work on Facebook policy

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday that his office continues to work on a Facebook policy that will determine how his staff handles posts and comments. It’s been about two weeks since Pence apologized after his staff removed comments opposing the governor’s stance on a same-sex marriage decision by the […]

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Pence apologizes for removing Facebook comments about gay marriage

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com Statement from Gov. Mike Pence “I believe that civility and respect for the opinion of others is essential to the democratic process. I also believe in the Freedom of Speech. Over the past 24 hours, I became aware of concerns that comments responding to my statement of support for traditional marriage […]

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