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Preschool funding plan wins governor's approval

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana has taken a tentative step toward joining the 41 other states that use tax revenue to fund preschool education.

March 27, 2014 12:35 pm

Pence approves education, career training, school safety laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence on Monday signed into law 20 proposals approved this month by the General Assembly that are intended to boost career education in Indiana, improve job prospects for Hoosiers and make schools safer.

March 24, 2014 3:45 pm

South Shore funds on track to Pence

INDIANAPOLIS | A key piece in the puzzle of how to pay for expansion of the South Shore Line to Dyer fell into place late Thursday night.

March 13, 2014 9:15 pm

Legislature wraps session with busy final day

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.

March 13, 2014 9:00 pm

State lawmakers send more measures to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House and Senate met briefly Thursday to give final approval to another batch of legislation that now goes to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

March 06, 2014 6:15 pm

Region bills headed to governor's desk

INDIANAPOLIS | Several legislative proposals sponsored by Northwest Indiana lawmakers, and other measures set to affect the region, received final approval Wednesday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

March 05, 2014 5:30 pm

House demands Lake County look at voting precinct consolidation

INDIANAPOLIS | The GOP-controlled Indiana House approved legislation Tuesday that would order Lake County to devise a plan to reduce the number of precincts with fewer than 500 active voters.

February 25, 2014 7:15 pm

Senate busts open gated communities for politicians

INDIANAPOLIS | This election year could find more politicians and their supporters visiting residents of gated communities and other neighborhoods that usually restrict door-to-door solicitors.

February 24, 2014 5:30 pm

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptical the state will play a significant role in extending the commuter train to Dyer -- despite the best efforts of some region lawmakers.

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Let's not open door to door-to-door campaigning

It is with great displeasure that I see state Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh's determination to pass a law that would prohibit homeowners associations from barring door-to-door political campaigning.

February 05, 2014 12:05 am

House Republicans kill attempt to defund new Pence agency

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans stood up for a controversial new state agency last week, voting down a proposal by House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, to defund Gov. Mike Pence's Center for Education and Career Innovation.

February 02, 2014 8:15 pm

Candidates may gain access to gated communities, restricted neighborhoods

INDIANAPOLIS | Residents of gated communities and neighborhoods with prohibitions on political campaigning may soon be getting a lot of unwanted visitors, with no way to stop them.

January 28, 2014 6:45 pm Related

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Indiana House approves revised marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS | The battle over the marriage amendment, which so far has dominated the 2014 legislative session, now shifts to the Senate after the House voted 57-40 Tuesday to keep its revised amendment alive.

January 28, 2014 5:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Open more doors to campaign visits

State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh's House Bill 1134 would prohibit homeowners associations from barring political candidates who wish to campaign in every neighborhood in their district. This should be an easy one.

January 24, 2014 12:00 am

GOP House rejects Democrats' efforts to raise minimum wage

INDIANAPOLIS | House Democrats attempting to boost Indiana's minimum wage repeatedly were stymied Tuesday by the Republican supermajority.

January 21, 2014 6:15 pm

Indiana House again OKs preschool voucher program

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House responded Thursday to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's call for state-supported preschool, voting 87-9 for nearly the same pilot program it approved last year that was killed by the Senate.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm Related

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More than 50 proposals reviewed by 150 state lawmakers in 16 House, Senate committees

INDIANAPOLIS | Homeowners associations could no longer prohibit elected officials or political candidates from entering their neighborhoods under legislation unanimously approved by a House committee Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 4:28 pm Related
RICH JAMES: How much longer must less fortunate kids wait?

RICH JAMES: How much longer must less fortunate kids wait?

You wouldn’t think the issue of providing state-supported prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds would be a political thing.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am
Cost is obstacle to prekindergarten idea

Cost is obstacle to prekindergarten idea

INDIANAPOLIS | After dithering more than two decades before agreeing last year to fund full-day kindergarten in Indiana's schools, Hoosier lawmakers appear ready to act faster in establishing state-supported prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Related

Local political figures targeted in international email hacking scam

An international email hacking scam has hit in high political places in Northwest Indiana, and it’s creating a communications nightmare as well as embarrassment for those targeted.

September 12, 2013 9:00 pm
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