EdFeigenbaum

Statehouse Dispatch columnist

Feigenbaum runs INGroup, a Noblesville-based firm that offers information resources related to Indiana state politics and government. An attorney and MBA, the Indiana University graduate has served as director of legal affairs for the Council of State Governments, and as director of marketing and in-house counsel for the Hudson Institute. He has directed numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Election Commission, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is a nationally recognized authority on state election, ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance law. His public service activities include membership on city redistricting,  planning and environmental commissions, and chairing or co-chairing several different Indiana State Bar Association and American Bar Association committees. Since 1989, he has published Indiana Legislative Insight, a widely read and respected weekly insider's newsletter that explains what's happening and why in Indiana politics and government. In 1993, he also began publishing Indiana Gaming Insight, a now bi-weekly newsletter covering Indiana's hottest new emerging industry. A third newsletter, Indiana Education Insight, debuted in 1997.

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Recent Articles

FEIGENBAUM: Big agenda awaits 2015 General Assembly

March 22, 2014
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. The fact that snow stopped falling, temperatures started climbing, and tulips tentatively inched up from the frozen Hoosier tundra just as lawmakers left town actually has no direct connection to the end of the 2014 legislative session.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget concerns push big ideas into next year

March 15, 2014
Amazing how deadlines—particularly pushing them forward—can ensure compromise in the General Assembly’s conference committee process.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closes

March 8, 2014
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Big week ahead for unfinished Pence agenda

March 1, 2014
March 3 and 4, respectively, mark the final days for third reading of Senate bills in the House, and third reading of House bills in the Senate. Those deadlines are a significant milestone, because we’re now finished with hearings by standing committees.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issues

February 22, 2014
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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FEIGENBAUM: Revenue forecast, cold weather complicate budget

February 15, 2014
The gubernatorial legislative agenda came with a heavy price tag even as Mike Pence declared the $2 billion state surplus off limits.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains alive

February 8, 2014
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3

February 1, 2014
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Bosma’s collaborative style put to huge test

January 25, 2014
The House speaker has done his utmost to downplay the importance of the proposed same-sex marriage amendment within the context of the Republican agenda this year.
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Governor's State of the State address avoids the nitty-gritty

January 18, 2014
Pence emphasized job creation, early childhood education, and quality of life, and used his speech to fit his proposals into those silos.
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Legislative agenda unusually lengthy for a short session

January 11, 2014
An uncommonly ambitious gubernatorial want-list is paired with scores of items lawmakers are coveting during the 10-week gathering.
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FEIGENBAUM: Pence's 'road map' puts Legislature in driver's seat

January 4, 2014
Each Hoosier governor brings his own style to his legislative agenda and relationship with the Indiana General Assembly.
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FEIGENBAUM: Plenty of issues for Republicans to parse

December 14, 2013
Marriage, education and child care are just some of the hot potatoes likely to receive debate.
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FEIGENBAUM: Statehouse looks to Pence and his mighty pen

May 4, 2013
Indianapolis government bill among those the governor must decide to accept or reject.
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FEIGENBAUM: Legislative session notable for minimal acrimony

April 27, 2013
When partisanship did rear its head—Indianapolis Democrats charged a GOP “power grab” in negotiations over changes in Marion County government structure—it was not disruptive.
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FEIGENBAUM: Upbeat forecast paves way for final deals

April 20, 2013
Prodding by legislative leaders and an epidemic of Hoosier common have led to compromises on contentious issues.
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FEIGENBAUM: GOP stranglehold hasn’t squelched debate

April 13, 2013
For a Legislature dominated by a Republican super-majority and with a Republican governor doing more now than just watching from the cheap seats, you should be surprised by the uncertainty over the shape—and even the fate—of several significant bills this late in the process.
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  1. Socialized medicine works great for white people in Scandanavia. It works well in Costa Rica for a population that is partly white and partly mestizo. I don't really see Obamacare as something aimed against whites. I think that is a Republican canard designed to elicit support from white people for republican candidates who don't care about them any more than democrats care about the non-whites they pander to with their phony maneuvers. But what is different between Costa Rica nd the Scandanavian nations on one hand and the US on the other? SIZE. Maybe the US is just too damn big. Maybe it just needs to be divided into smaller self governing pieces like when the old Holy Roman Empire was dismantled. Maybe we are always trying the same set of solutions for different kinds of people as if we were all the same. Oh-- I know-- that is liberal dogma, that we are all the same. Which is the most idiotic American notion going right back to the propaganda of 1776. All men are different and their differences are myriad and that which is different is not equal. The state which pretends men are all the same is going to force men to be the same. That is what America does here, that is what we do in our stupid overseas wars, that is how we destroy true diversity and true difference, and we are all as different groups of folks, feeling the pains of how capitalism is grinding us down into equally insignificant proletarian microconsumers with no other identity whether we like it or not. And the Marxists had this much right about the War of Independence: it was fundamentally a war of capitalist against feudal systems. America has been about big money since day one and whatever gets in the way is crushed. Health care is just another market and Obamacare, to the extent that it Rationalizes and makes more uniform a market which should actually be really different in nature and delivery from place to place-- well that will serve the interests of the biggest capitalist stakeholders in health care which is not Walmart for Gosh Sakes it is the INSURANCE INDUSTRY. CUI BONO Obamacare? The insurance industry. So republicans drop the delusion pro capitalist scales from your eyes this has almost nothing to do with race or "socialism" it has to do mostly with what the INSURANCE INDUSTRY wants to have happen in order to make their lives and profits easier.

  2. Read the article - the reason they can't justify staying is they have too many medicare/medicaid patients and the re-imbursements for transporting these patient is so low.

  3. I would not vote for Bayh if he did run. I also wouldn't vote for Pence. My guess is that Bayh does not have the stomach to oppose persons on the far left or far right. Also, outside of capitalizing on his time as U. S. Senator (and his wife's time as a board member to several companies) I don't know if he is willing to fight for anything. If people who claim to be in the middle walk away from fights with the right and left wing, what are we left with? Extremes. It's probably best for Bayh if he does not have the stomach for the fight but the result is no middle ground.

  4. JK - I meant that the results don't ring true. I also questioned the 10-year-old study because so much in the "health care system" has changed since the study was made. Moreover, it was hard to get to any overall conclusion or observation with the article. But....don't be defensive given my comments; I still think you do the best job of any journalist in the area shedding light and insight on important health care issues.

  5. Probably a good idea he doesn't run. I for one do not want someone who lives in VIRGINIA to be the governor. He gave it some thought, but he likes Virginia too much. What a name I cannot say on this site! The way these people think and operate amuses me.

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