State Government

Daniels, Beshear reach agreement on bridges

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Construction on two new bridges costing $2.6 billion and spanning the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana could begin in late 2012, with the spans open before the end of the decade, Kentucky and Indiana officials said Thursday.
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Daniels: Lawmakers will decide on more state fair money

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels will push for more money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, but lawmakers will have to decide how much.
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Indiana: Two percent fail job-training drug tests

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials say a drug-testing program that started in July for people seeking job training has led to about 2 percent of applicants failing.
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Judge moves hearing on Indiana secretary of state

December 28, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion Circuit Court judge has delayed a hearing sought by Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in his bid to remain in office.
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Amid leadership issues, Indiana Dems fight over future

December 26, 2011
Associated Press
Before he changed his mind, Dan Parker's decision to step down as party chairman was seen by many as an opportunity to find fresh blood to lead Democrats through fights to win back the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat next year.
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Judge rules Charlie White ineligible for candidacy

December 22, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau, Francesca Jarosz
A Marion County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to be a candidate and the office should go to Democrat Vop Osili, his challenger in the 2010 election.
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State SBDC network gets new director

December 20, 2011
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday morning that Jacob Schpok officially has been named director of the agency. He was appointed interim director earlier in the month.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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Indiana may be ground zero for right-to-work fightRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s anticipated battle next month over a right-to-work law is expected to rival last year’s epic Wisconsin union fight that drew 180,000 protestors to Madison rallies and became the focus of national media attention.
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Lawmaker: Lift ban on paying people to run charity gamblingRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Ron Alting, chairman of the Public Policy Committee, wants to let charities pay people to run their bingo, poker and other games, a practice that has led to disciplinary action for some organizations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Indiana General Assembly will be known for trading paint

December 17, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Expect scores of Democratic amendments, particularly if right-to-work hits the House floor.
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SHELLA: Indiana Legislature likely to deliver the unexpected

December 17, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
If you want to know what really matters in the upcoming legislative session it’s likely impossible to find out now.
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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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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Daniels appoints new general counsel

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, Mitch Daniels' assistant general counsel and policy director, replaces David Pippen, who recently resigned to become chairman of the environmental law group at Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
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Smoking ban, government reform on Daniels' 2012 agenda

December 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban and mild local government reforms in the 2012 legislative session.
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Panel hears arguments over Indiana abortion funding

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
A federal agency will reconsider whether Indiana violated federal law when it decided to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
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Daniels says he'll back efforts for right-to-work

December 15, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in a statement Thursday that he would support Republican right-to-work proposals at the General Assembly next month, saying that Indiana "gets dealt out of hundreds of new job opportunities" because it doesn't have the law.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Group plans another push for Sunday alcohol sales

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer, but with a twist.
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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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Democrats outline legislative plans for General Assembly

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Senate Democrats, who hold just 13 of the chamber's 50 seats, released their 2012 legislative agenda, which will push for work-share legislation as well as consumer and job protections when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.
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Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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  1. Gay marriage is coming, whether or not these bigots and zealots like it or not. We must work to ensure future generations remember the likes of Greg Zoeller like they do the racists of our past...in shame.

  2. Perhaps a diagram of all the network connections of all politicians to their supporters and those who are elite/wealthy and how they have voted on bills that may have benefited their supporters. The truth may hurt, but there are no non-disclosures in government.

  3. I'm sure these lawyers were having problems coming up with any non-religious reason to ban same-sex marriage. I've asked proponents of this ban the question many times and the only answers I have received were religious reasons. Quite often the reason had to do with marriage to a pet or marriage between a group even though those have nothing at all to do with this. I'm looking forward to less discrimination in our state soon!

  4. They never let go of the "make babies" argument. It fails instantaneously because a considerable percentage of heterosexual marriages don't produce any children either. Although if someone wants to pass a law that any couple, heterosexual or homosexual, cannot be legally married (and therefore not utilize all legal, financial, and tax benefits that come with it) until they have produced a biological child, that would be fun to see as a spectator. "All this is a reflection of biology," Fisher answered. "Men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not... we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism." The civil contract called marriage does NOTHING to regulate babymaking, whether purposefully or accidental. These conservatives really need to understand that sex education and access to birth control do far more to regulate babymaking in this country. Moreover, last I checked, same-sex couples can make babies in a variety of ways, and none of them are by accident. Same-sex couples often foster and adopt the children produced by the many accidental pregnancies from mixed-sex couples who have failed at self-regulating their babymaking capabilities.

  5. Every parent I know with kids from 6 -12 has 98.3 on its car radio all the time!! Even when my daughter isn't in the car I sometimes forget to change stations. Not everybody wants to pay for satellite radio. This will be a huge disappointment to my 9 year old. And to me - there's so many songs on the radio that I don't want her listening to.

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