Lobbyists

Ethics panel set to review Turner lobbying situation

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House Ethics Committee on Wednesday will review the actions of a senior lawmaker who worked in private to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars.
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Lawmaker Turner worked to nix nursing home ban

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
A powerful House Republican secretly lobbied colleagues in the final hours of the 2014 session last week to kill a measure that would have been disastrous for his family's nursing home business.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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Gay marriage debate draws in higher education

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
DePauw University and Wabash College have joined Freedom Indiana, a newly formed organization opposed to Indiana's proposed same-sex marriage amendment.
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Pence aide leaving post, had role in grade scandal

August 19, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist, Heather Neal, who was chief of staff to former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett last year, will join Limestone Strategies as president of its public affairs practice.
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More making jump to lobbying without cooling-off period

August 8, 2013
Associated Press
It's hardly uncommon to go from being employed by Indiana's government to lobbying it, but an increasing number are making the jump without sitting out the customary one-year "cooling-off" period.
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State legislator defends supporting daughter's client

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
A powerful Indiana House Republican on Monday defended his decision to support a Utah company his daughter represents as a Statehouse lobbyist, one week after Gov. Mike Pence placed a hold on state aid to a company run by the lawmaker's son.
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Senate budget expected to boost road funding

April 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments and road builders are optimistic that the Indiana Senate's version of the state budget, set to debut Thursday, will mirror the House's $500 million increase for road building.
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Purdue moving to trim its federal lobbying costs

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University is planning to trim its federal lobbying costs and downsize its Washington, D.C., office by cutting ties with an outside lobbying firm.
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Casinos bet $19M at Statehouse with mixed results

March 16, 2013
Associated Press
The gambling industry spent more than $19 million lobbying at the Indiana Statehouse from 2000-2012, according to reports filed online by the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission.
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Daniels says he won't lobby for Purdue this session

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says he won't be lobbying state lawmakers on Purdue's behalf this session because it's too soon after his departure from the governor's office.
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Pence taps former lawmaker Espich as top lobbyist

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has tapped Jeff Espich, a retired lawmaker with four decades of legislative experience, to guide his agenda through the Statehouse.
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State Chamber outlines priorities for legislative session

November 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Economic development typically tops the chamber's agenda, and for the upcoming session the pro-business organization is backing Gov.-elect Mike Pence's idea for a new state-sponsored research institute.
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Freshman wave shifts dynamics of Indiana HouseRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Election Day brought 24 new members to the House of Representatives. That huge freshman wave, plus the return of 18 reps who were newly elected in 2010, means 42 percent of the House will begin the 2013 session with two years of experience or less.
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Mass-transit advocates make headway in new Legislature

November 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $1.3 billion transit plan for Hamilton and Marion counties is one of a few lingering issues — along with Sunday alcohol sales and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — likely to appear before lawmakers in 2013.
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Former IU Health exec joining Bose Public Affairs

October 2, 2012
Sam Odle, who retired from Indiana University Health in July as chief operating officer, is joining the local lobbying firm as a senior policy adviser, representing clients in the health care and life sciences sectors.
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Daniels still waiting on lobbying decision

August 4, 2012
Associated Press
Questions remain whether Indiana's governor will be covered by the state's "revolving door" law when he becomes president of Purdue University. State ethics rules require a one year cool-down period for public officials after leaving office, preventing them from working as lobbyists.
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana brings on new lobbyistsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new hires could be important following last year’s legislative session, in which state lawmakers passed a law to cut off Medicaid funding to groups that offer abortions.
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Lilly spent $1.9M lobbying feds in first quarter

August 21, 2011
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. spent $1.9 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, focusing on the health care overhaul and overseas pricing reform, among many other issues.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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WellPoint spent $1.3M on federal lobbying in 2nd quarter

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint lobbied on issues tied to the overhaul's implementation and regulations for accountable care organizations, which are networks of hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation centers and other providers that coordinate a patient's care.
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Chambers of commerce take bigger role in politics

May 30, 2011
Associated Press
After years of advocating pro-business positions, many chambers are taking the next step and issuing endorsements in hopes of ensuring business-friendly mayors get elected.
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Gregg's lobbying record doesn't worry Democrats

May 17, 2011
Associated Press
Many of the same Democrats who blasted Republican Sen. Dan Coats last year for his time spent as a federal lobbyist are backing Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, who's a registered lobbyist in Indiana.
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Democratic lawmakers leave Indiana, block labor bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats took a page from the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin on Tuesday, refusing to show up and at least temporarily blocking a Republican-backed labor bill.
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Lobbying commission fires executive director after leave

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission on Thursday fired its executive director after placing her on leave without explanation in mid-January.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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