Politics

Partisan battle freezes proposal to repave ravaged city streets

April 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Democrat-controlled City-County Council committee has tabled a proposal to spend $8 million in Rebuild Indy funds to repair thoroughfares hit hard by the brutal winter. Democrats say the project would favor Republican districts.
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Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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Bosma asks House Ethics Committee to review Turner

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma wrote a letter to Ethics Chairman Greg Steuerwald on Thursday requesting an investigation into whether Republican Rep. Eric Turner violated any ethics rules.
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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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Statehouse victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

March 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans entered the 2014 legislative session with big plans for education, taxes and roads, but they often found themselves running into Senate roadblocks.
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Police, FBI investigate Elwood mayor's campaign spending

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The treasurer of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold's campaign committee said he's been questioned by state and federal officers about Arnold's expenditures for out-of-state travel and personal bills.
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Campaign money offer exposed in Indiana gay marriage fight

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
A former state Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out at the Statehouse.
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Delph gains names recognition in fight with own party

February 23, 2014
Associated Press analysis
When conservative state Sen. Mike Delph took to Twitter about gay marriage and ultimately lost his formal vestiges of power within the Senate Republican caucus, he gained something far more valuable in the world of politics.
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Pence won't rule out run for presidency

February 22, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is leaving the door open on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
 The Statehouse File
After an extended Twitter tirade over the weekend stemming from a Senate move stalling the amendment, Sen. Mike Delph on Monday pledged to use a procedural maneuver to resurrect deleted language.
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Gay-marriage ban off ballot at least until 2016

February 13, 2014
Associated Press
Opponents of an effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution won a surprising victory Thursday as the Senate effectively pushed off a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years, and possibly longer.
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Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday.
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U.S. Senate sends massive farm bill to Obama

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
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Jobless-benefits extension bill stalls in U.S. Senate

January 9, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, triggering recriminations from both sides of the political aisle and putting Indiana Sen. Dan Coats in the middle of the battle.
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House to take up bill to create redistricting commission

January 9, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Republican-controlled Indiana House is set to take up legislation that would give a bipartisan commission the duty of drawing district maps.
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Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system.
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Analysis: Timing a question for Pence 2nd-year agenda

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mike Pence and his team are likely to run into time and space constraints if they push a broad agenda during a short session of the General Assembly.
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Democrats now run biggest cities, except Indianapolis

November 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
When Democrat Bill de Blasio takes office in New York City on Jan. 1, Indianapolis will become the most populous U.S. city run by a Republican mayor.
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Same-sex marriage battle could focus on language

November 20, 2013
Associated Press
The success of a sparsely-worded constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage could hinge on whether lawmakers remove a key sentence expanding its reach, House and Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday.
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Marriage, education fights may crowd 2014 session

November 18, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long detailed their 2014 legislative priorities Monday along with House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane.
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Ex-Indiana schools chief faces ethics complaint

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.
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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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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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