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Gubernatorial, Senate debates planned for next monthRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
John Gregg and Mike Pence will square off in three debates, starting Oct. 10. Candidates for U.S. Senate will debate on Oct. 15 and Oct. 23.
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GOP support building behind Mourdock

September 17, 2012
Associated Press
On Monday at an Indianapolis fundraiser, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan exhorted Republicans to "please, please, send us Richard Mourdock!" Other prominent party members are lining up behind Mourdock, too.
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GOP spending $650K in tight Indiana Senate race

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
Senate Republicans will jump into Indiana's pitched Senate battle this week, responding to a Democratic ad-buy with one of their own as they seek control of the Senate in November.
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Dems to pour $516K into Indiana Senate battle

September 14, 2012
Associated Press
A party official said Friday the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is financing a new ad for Rep. Joe Donnelly that will run statewide.
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FDA drug-review deal may unravel as fiscal cliff looms

September 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
A $6.4 billion accord for U.S. drug and medical-device reviews is set to unravel just three months after taking effect as lawmakers squabble over budget cutbacks.
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Commuter subsidies often go unnoticedRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Mason King
In a dark little corner of the tax code known as Section 132(f), the IRS lets employers provide tax-free benefits—typically, payroll deductions and/or subsidies—to employees for commuting costs. That includes vans, buses, bikes, trains, and even parking. And both parties can save, since they’re not getting dinged for their respective taxes on the amount of the benefit.
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U.S. unemployment rate dips despite weak jobs report

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But that was only because more people gave up looking for work. Hourly pay fell, manufacturers cut the most jobs in two years and the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years.
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Romney pitches change for veterans in Indiana speech

August 29, 2012
Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told veterans Wednesday in Indianapolis that he's already started planning how to change veterans' services to help them find jobs during a Romney administration.
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Livestock farmers still seeking pause in ethanol production

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the EPA waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. The Obama administration sees no need for a waiver.
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Daniels seeks candidate input on health exchange

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels asked the three gubernatorial candidates this week for their input as he decides whether to establish a state health insurance exchange.
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Health insurers' anti-fraud bid seeks to ease profit-limit rule

July 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
The Obama administration Thursday announced a partnership with the industry in which WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and other insurers may try to share more billing data with the government to root out fraud.
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High court ruling could leave 290K Hoosiers uncovered

July 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
A decision by Indiana to leave its Medicaid program unchanged could leave as many as 290,000 Hoosier adults, who would have been newly eligible for Medicaid coverage, with no good options.
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Daniels says legislators to decide Medicaid change

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he wants to make sure he understands the Supreme Court ruling upholding the health care law before deciding how the state will respond.
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High court health care decision good for some, not others

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold President Barack Obama's historic overhaul is expected to boost many players in the health care industry, but not every corner of the sector will benefit.
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Abound failure raises questions anew about Obama policies

June 29, 2012
Bloomberg News
The failure of a second solar manufacturer that received loan guarantees from the U.S. Energy Department adds to pressure on President Barack Obama to justify incentives for the clean-energy industry that’s being undercut by Chinese competition.
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High court ruling opens Medicaid escape hatch for states

June 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
While upholding President Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court may have created a way out for states that do not want to expand their Medicaid programs. Whether Indiana decides to opt out remains to be seen.
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U.S. health-care overhaul upheld by Supreme Court

June 28, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, preserving most of a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.
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Indiana awaits ruling before starting health exchange

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has spent the past year and a half planning for its own health insurance exchange in case the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Barack Obama's health care law, but the state still could end up being forced into the federal exchange.
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High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward.
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House swipes at health law with repeal of medical device tax

June 8, 2012
Republicans in the U.S. House joined with 37 Democrats to pass a bill repealing a medical-device tax, chipping away at the 2010 health-care law in a victory for companies including Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp.
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Indiana GOP ready for Paul delegates at convention

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Paul has effectively suspended his race for president, but his supporters have pressed on with hopes of crafting the party's national platform by winning delegate seats in state-level convention battles.
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Indiana struggling to distribute foreclosure aid fundsRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $182 million awarded to the state by the federal government was based on the unemployment rate, which is falling.
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Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground

May 18, 2012
Associated Press
Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat seems doubtful this year.
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TITTLE: Big challenges loom for nursing facilitiesRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Scott Tittle / Special to IBJ
Boom in elderly population and falling reimbursements expected to cause squeeze.
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OBEIME: Poor, uninsured won't monopolize resourcesRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Myth prevents policymakers from attacking real problem of distributing funding.
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