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Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

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Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As America moved toward its Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s great rival Stephen A. Douglas once said he could have traveled all the way from Washington, D.C., to Chicago guided by the light of his own burning effigies. Douglas had angered both Northerners and Southerners by attempting to paper over […]

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Commentary: Indiana at the center of Supreme Court campaign

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — I invite you to take a little trip with me through the byzantine world of campaign finance as it is now playing out in Indiana. This trip starts at the Indiana Statehouse where, on Wednesday, Attorney General Curtis Hill held a press conference urging the state’s two senators to […]

Commentary: Mirror, mirror on the Supreme Court wall

Commentary: Mirror, mirror on the Supreme Court wall

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com There are several versions of the famous question from the fairy tale, “Snow White.” “Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Whether the line begins with “magic mirror” or “mirror, mirror” or even “magic mirror in my hand,” the most interesting word in the question is the […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against Delaware to reclaim abandoned MoneyGram checks

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana is joining 20 other states in a lawsuit against the State of Delaware in an attempt to reclaim millions of dollars from abandoned MoneyGram checks. The dispute is about which states are entitled to abandoned and unclaimed “official checks,” essentially money orders or traveler’s checks, sold […]

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Q&A: Meet Robert Hall, running for the 9th Congressional District

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   Editor’s note: This story is a part of a question and answer series covering the Indiana primary. All candidates in this race have been invited to interview. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS — Robert Hall, a manufacturing executive and consultant for more than 30 years, is […]

Commentary: Just a spectacularly bad idea

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Commentary: Just a spectacularly bad idea

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death a little more than a month ago touched off a playground squabble between Republicans in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama. Before the echoes from the announcement of Scalia’s death had faded out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, had vowed […]

Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw maps for legislative districts. That’s particularly timely in Indiana, where lawmakers are about to study whether to move the redistricting process to such a commission. It’s a move advocated by good-government type […]

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Commentary: Reagan’s gift of Kennedy

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Ronald Reagan was posthumously vital to a landmark week in America.  It has been commonplace for some time for some Republicans to refer to themselves as “Reagan Republicans.”  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has now established the standard for that descriptive. It’s weeks like these that should inspire Americans to study […]

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Supreme Court clears way for independent commissions to handle redistricting

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday for Indiana and other states to use independent commissions to draw legislative and congressional district maps. The nation’s highest court ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s elections clause allows a state to use a commission, even if it operates outside the legislature, […]

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Supreme Court: EPA goes too far with clear air regulations

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overruled a federal agency’s plan to control emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power-company smokestacks – siding with states who argued the EPA had gone too far. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called the ruling a “victory for Indiana.” The state was one […]

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