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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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Abound Solar chief declines to testify before House panel

May 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The CEO of a company that once said it planned to create up to 1,200 jobs north of Indianapolis has declined to testify before a U.S. House panel investigating the federal clean-energy program.
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Lugar's legacy in Senate: Cooperation and security

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Colleagues considered six-term Sen. Richard Lugar a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.
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Lugar's frustration surfaces after Indiana defeat

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Conceding defeat for the first time in nearly four decades, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar pledged to support the tea party-backed rival who had just ousted him. But hours later, the Indiana Republican issued a statement chastising primary winner Richard Mourdock.
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Carson, May to meet in 7th District congressional race

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Rep. Andre Carson easily defeated three Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary to win his party's nomination in central Indiana's 7th District. He will face Carlos May, a former aide to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Brooks wins GOP nod for retiring Burton's seat

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has won the Republican nomination for the 5th congressional district seat in central Indiana that retiring GOP Rep. Dan Burton is giving up after 30 years.
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Lugar loses Indiana GOP primary to tea party rival

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was ousted Tuesday by tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock in Indiana's Republican primary, abruptly ending the nearly four-decade career of a popular politician who built a reputation as a diplomat but whose critics argued had ceded too much ideological ground to represent a conservative state.
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Mourdock says he expects to win GOP Senate bid

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
State treasurer Richard Mourdock said Tuesday morning that he's "reasonably optimistic" he'll defeat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's Republican primary.
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Poll shows Lugar trailing Mourdock by double digits

May 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Results released Friday morning by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University have incumbent Richard Lugar trailing Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock by 48 percent to 38 percent in the Indiana Republican Senate primary race.
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U.S. jobless rate slips despite dismal employment report

May 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Employers added fewer workers than predicted in April, but the jobless rate unexpectedly fell as workers left the labor force. The participation rate, which indicates the share of working-age people in the labor force, fell to it lowest mark since 1981.
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Anti-tax advocate Norquist poised to throw support behind Mourdock

May 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who leads Americans for Tax Reform, said he is set to make an announcement Wednesday with Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is opposing six-term Senator Richard Lugar in the state’s May 8 Republican primary.
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Single-minded super-PACs work to beat one candidate at a time

April 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Super-PACs are playing a heavy role in this year's election campaigns, including the race between Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock in the Republican primary.
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Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate

April 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is challenging Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in the May 8 primary, held six different energy-related stocks last year, according to his most recent filing with the state.
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High Court reacts skeptically to immigration-law challenge

April 25, 2012
Associated Press
Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.
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State GOP leader: No Mourdock sanctions before primary

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Republican Party leader investigating how Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's campaign used a party database said Thursday he won't face any possible party sanctions before the May 8 primary.
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Colleges could be banned from using tax funds for marketing

April 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
For-profit U.S. colleges, including Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc., would be barred from spending federal taxpayer money on advertising, marketing and recruiting under a Senate bill targeting the education-based businesses.
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