Politics

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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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid default deadline

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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Candidates scarce so far for Fishers' first city election

October 4, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Only two contenders have thrown their hats in the ring, with 10 positions open and just seven months to go before the fledgling city's debut election. Lack of defined district boundaries is a hurdle.
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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
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Pence pleads for end to medical device tax

October 1, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Republican Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter Monday urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote to repeal the medical device tax that is helping to finance Obamacare. But the Senate on Monday night voted not to repeal the tax, with all 54 Democrats voting to keep it.
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Government edges closer to shutdown over Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
About 800,000 federal workers could be forced off the job after midnight if Congress can't cut an eleventh hour deal on the budget, complicated by the GOP's attempt to delay Obamacare.
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Democratic accountant running for Indiana auditor

September 12, 2013
Associated Press
Mike Claytor of Carmel is scheduled to announce Thursday that he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for the job of the state's chief financial officer.
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Fundraiser lists, emails raise Bennett questions

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett faces scrutiny over the discovery of lists of Republican fundraisers on Department of Education servers and emails he sent directing staff to dissect a speech by Democrat Glenda Ritz.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Panel to make recommendations for grading system

August 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State leaders have created another new education panel – this one to help develop an A-F grading system to replace one that has come under fire following accusations it was adjusted to help a specific school.
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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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Berry resigns as Indiana auditor to head state GOP

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana State Auditor Tim Berry has resigned from the position to begin full time as the new state Republican Party chairman.
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Berry picked as new Indiana GOP chairman

July 22, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Republican Party's executive committee voted unanimously Monday to elect Auditor Tim Berry as the state GOP chairman and to hold the party's 2014 state convention in his hometown of Fort Wayne.
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House GOP seeks delay in health care provisions

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Obama's signature health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.
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Many considerations balanced in GOP chair pick

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
When state Auditor Tim Berry was tapped last week to run the Indiana Republican Party, Gov. Mike Pence answered some key political questions.
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Pence taps state auditor new Indiana GOP chairman

July 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has picked state Auditor Tim Berry as the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.
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Holcomb, other top leaders leaving Indiana GOP helm

June 19, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he was leaving to take a job outside politics. Former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston and Executive Director Justin Garrett also are leaving their posts.
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Court upholds Indiana legislative boycott fines

June 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by House Republicans against Democrats for their 2011 legislative walkout over right-to-work legislation.
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Young aggravates colleagues, puts stamp on Marion CountyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
State Senator from Speedway plays outsized role in shaping policy for Indianapolis.
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Analysis: Lawmakers put pragmatism before party

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Left to their own devices, Indiana's Republican-led General Assembly pushed the state right ever so gently, adopting such marquee conservative priorities as tax cuts, a school voucher expansion and constrained spending in measured fashion.
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General Assembly goes late in effort to wrap us session

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly worked into the night Friday to hammer out final details on a two-year, $30 billion budget containing new tax cuts, a modest expansion of school vouchers, new oversight of the $2.8 billion Rockport coal gasification project and a series of other measures.
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GOP concerns derailed Turner's chance at powerful post

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
Republican lawmakers bypassed House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner for the chairmanship of House Ways and Means committee last year amid concerns over his potential conflicts of interest, sources say.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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