Politics

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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New Indiana Dem chairman seeks rebuilding this year

March 22, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Democratic Party's new chairman says his party needs to spend the coming year rebuilding and reorganizing after mixed success in 2012.
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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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Donnelly gets his pick for Indiana Democratic chairman

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic Party officials announced that veteran Capitol Hill staffer John Zody was the only person to meet Wednesday's deadline to be considered for the chairmanship when the state central committee votes on its leadership Saturday.
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Councilor's party switch shrinks Democrats' edge

March 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Councilor Jose Evans, twice elected as Democrat, announced Tuesday he would become a member of the Republican Party and caucus with Republican councilors, taking the Democratic majority from 16-13 to 15-14.
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Federal cuts to hit Indiana jobless, National Guard

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana agencies are cutting jobless benefits, furloughing National Guard members and losing food funds for the Women Infants and Children program because of the automatic federal budget cuts, officials said Monday.
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Lawmakers see atmosphere shift inside Indiana Statehouse

March 3, 2013
Associated Press
The first half of this year's General Assembly session has been much quieter, at least partly because of election victories in November that gave Republicans a larger House majority, preventing new Democratic walkouts from stopping legislative action.
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Let the sequester begin: Senate fails to block spending cuts

February 28, 2013
Associated Press
The $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts are set to kick off on Friday, but will fall into place gradually over several months. The Obama administration has pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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GOP House blocks Dems' push for Pence tax-cut vote

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Republicans blocked a vote Thursday on Gov. Mike Pence's proposed tax cut, fending off — at least for now — an attempt by Democrats to force them into the awkward position of rejecting one of the new GOP governor's top legislative priorities.
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Bill to ban Indiana teacher union deductions advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans sparked protests from teachers and union officials Tuesday by pushing legislation through a House committee that would bar Indiana schools from automatically deducting union dues from teacher paychecks, an issue that critics thought was off the table this year.
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Mourdock not ruling out another run for office

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he hasn't ruled out another run for political office — something he considered after his failed bid for U.S. Senate.
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Shape of 'jobs budget' depends on the state

January 20, 2013
Associated Press
The proposals of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley epitomize the reality of the Red State and Blue State philosophy of just what a 'jobs budget' looks like.
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Ex-gubernatorial candidates, biz leaders seek national debt fix

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Indiana political and business leaders are joining a national effort to pressure Washington, D.C., politicians to find a long-term debt fix.
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Judge dismisses Indiana right-to-work law challenge

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.
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Indiana Democrats pushing for more health care action

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers pushed Wednesday for Indiana to take steps toward implementing the federal health care overhaul that Republicans who control state government have so far rejected.
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Pence sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor

January 14, 2013
Associated Press
Mike Pence, the former six-term Republican congressman from Columbus, used his inaugural address from a Statehouse balcony in front of a crowd of supporters and state officials to call upon all residents to help better the state.
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Lawmakers plans to renew bill against same-sex marriage

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution may be on hold as Republican leaders ponder its fate this year, but the House and Senate sponsors are charging ahead anyway.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: School librarian Ritz won with grass-roots campaign

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Glenda Ritz pulled off a David-versus-Goliath victory to unseat Republican Tony Bennett as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.
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Pence travels Indiana to thank supporters, voters

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
Gov.-elect Mike Pence pledged to work with both parties to improve Indiana's economy but sidestepped potential political minefields as he hit the road Thursday for a two-day trip to thank supporters who helped him win the governor's office.
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