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House Republicans bet on private sector for infant mortality fix

House Republicans bet on private sector for infant mortality fix

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans are preparing to wager the lives of some 700 Hoosier babies a year on their philosophy that the private sector is more capable of reducing infant mortality than any government program.

October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Balanced budget, school funding-fix top priorities for House GOP

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans promised to enact a balanced budget, reform the school funding formula, improve Statehouse ethics and promote public health and safety, if they maintain their majority following the Nov. 4 elections.

October 14, 2014 11:30 pm

No decision yet on fate of Camp Summit

PLAINFIELD | The future of Camp Summit, a LaPorte County paramilitary-style youth offender rehabilitation center, remains in limbo as state prison officials await a decision by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

October 02, 2014 5:45 pm
I Make America Harley Tour rumbles into town

I Make America Harley Tour rumbles into town

MICHIGAN CITY | Congress has approved short-term stopgap highway funding for years, instead of a long-term transportation bill that would spell out exactly how much roadwork would be done on the interstates over the next four years.

September 30, 2014 4:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Single-party rule doesn't work well for Indiana

GUEST COMMENTARY: Single-party rule doesn't work well for Indiana

After nearly four years of one-party rule in Indiana, it seems only fair to examine how the Statehouse club management is doing.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am
Pence claims DOC wanted Camp Summit closed

Pence claims DOC wanted Camp Summit closed

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence revealed Tuesday the decision to close Camp Summit, a LaPorte paramilitary-style youth offender rehabilitation center, originated with the Indiana Department of Correction.

September 09, 2014 4:40 pm Related
Camp Summit's future uncertain

Camp Summit's future uncertain

LAPORTE | Gov. Mike Pence's office on Monday said the planned closure of the state's Camp Summit youth offender site on Oct. 1 is on hold for now.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Appeals court strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

Appeals court strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's prohibition on gay marriage and refusal to recognize gay marriages performed in Illinois and elsewhere violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

September 04, 2014 6:05 pm Photos

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Ritz requests more money for Indiana schools

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Education is seeking a 3 percent bump in public school funding and the elimination of textbook rental fees in the state's 2016-17 budget that takes effect in July.

September 04, 2014 5:45 pm

Pelath warns Camp Summit on governor's chopping block

INDIANAPOLIS | House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath warned Thursday that 70 state employees in LaPorte County will lose their jobs if the Indiana Department of Correction closes the Camp Summit youth offender boot camp program.

August 28, 2014 4:16 pm
Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the gaming study, Hoosier lawmakers this summer and fall will take a closer look at issues ranging from juvenile justice to digital privacy, and state-based health exchanges to bike trails.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Related
Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

INDIANAPOLIS | The seven statewide elected officials can use state property for campaign purposes, so long as they approve a policy statement authorizing themselves to do so.

July 10, 2014 12:18 pm Related

State school board sidelines Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | The members of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's State Board of Education seized total control of the school policy panel Wednesday by reducing its statutory chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, to a mere figurehead.

July 09, 2014 6:30 pm
Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | If you picture the 150 members of the General Assembly as a choir, this year they sang their loudest hosannas for the business-first agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related

Pence tax conference focuses on simplification

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence enthusiastically embraced the mantra of tax simplification that participants attending his tax conference Tuesday claimed is urgently needed in Indiana.

June 24, 2014 12:51 pm

Dems hope party's inclusiveness appeals to Hoosier voters

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana Democrats are optimistic they will add to their legislative delegation and win control of the three state offices on the November ballot by promoting themselves as the political party for all Hoosiers.

May 31, 2014 7:06 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Dem field organizers will help candidates spread word

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dem field organizers will help candidates spread word

There’s a new kind of Republican Party in Indiana, and to combat this new extremism, we need a new kind of tool.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am
Battles resignation reduces likelihood of Democratic House majority

Battles resignation reduces likelihood of Democratic House majority

INDIANAPOLIS | The road back to majority status for Indiana House Democrats got a little longer Friday after one of the party's two remaining rural representatives resigned his seat and quit his re-election bid.

May 16, 2014 2:00 pm
Pence unveils alternative to Medicaid expansion

Pence unveils alternative to Medicaid expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier Republicans, Democrats and hospitals are pleased Gov. Mike Pence now will accept health funds provided through the Affordable Care Act. But it remains to be seen whether federal officials will approve the governor's innovative terms and conditions.

May 15, 2014 2:00 pm
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