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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

November 28, 2012
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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More Hoosiers favor legal pot than Pence's tax cut, poll says

April 24, 2013
Jeff Newman
A new poll of 600 voters by Howey Politics Indiana shows 39-percent approval for Gov. Mike Pence's proposed 10-percent tax cut. But 56 percent said they favor decriminalization of marijuana.
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Pence makes final plea for tax cut in budget

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
While arguing for a 10-percent cut in the state's income tax, Pence also said he would like to see a quicker phase-out of the state's inheritance tax.
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Pence, Bosma try to keep reins on intraparty tax battle

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans typically invoke Ronald Reagan's "11th Commandment" when they're fighting within the family, and there's been plenty of infighting recently over Gov. Mike Pence's tax cut at the Statehouse.
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