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GREGG: GOP plays Chicken Little politics with Constitution

Recently, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced their support for having Indiana join the ranks of states calling for a constitutional convention.
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STYRING: Considering a weapon of last resort against the feds

Chances are you’d never heard of something called the “Mount Vernon Assembly” before reading this column.
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SHEPARD: Voting centers might not be a great idea, after all

Voter turnout in Indiana’s recent primary election was the lowest in 20 years, 35 percent below average. It’s time for a serious conversation about whether the growing use of voting centers is bad for turnout.
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HADLEY: Business, social issues prevail under Republicans in Indiana Legislature

Having observed the Legislature for 45 years, I have to say, it depends! It depends on when you ask the question. It depends on which party controls the House, Senate and Governor’s Office. And, increasingly, it depends on the issues confronting the state in a given session.
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KELLEMS: Think tanks, information strategies pick up clout in Indiana Legislature

he question can be viewed several ways. One approach is simply ranking industry groups and associations—by appraising perceived wins and losses. A second is to assess the role of the individual lobbyist representing them to legislators and the governor’s office. Then consider which characteristics and qualifications are common among those who wield influence successfully on behalf of clients. And how important is party affiliation of both the individuals and institutions involved?
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VAUGHN: Admitting problem is first step to ethics reform

While I was disappointed the House Ethics Committee didn’t even slap Rep. Eric Turner’s wrist for his behavior surrounding the failed nursing home moratorium, I was surprised and pleased the committee report admitted that our Legislature’s ethics rules and statutes are too lax.
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MAHERN: Has Legislature lost its 'do the right thing' members?

Forgive my nostalgia. I had a fairly serious health scare a little over a month ago and find myself quite involuntarily looking back.
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BARLOW: Dems now importing candidates ... bad ones

I am going to start with a confession: I am a conservative Republican, so it should be no surprise that I cracked up while reading tweets, Facebook posts and stories about the Indiana Democratic Party’s State Convention, or the “Big Dem Weekend.”
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KRULL: EPA battle leaves Indiana stranded on the shore

So, Gov. Mike Pence wants to have a fight with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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CARPENTER: Pence is letting Indiana's coal habit cloud our future

Protesting that you can’t meet power-plant-emissions reduction goals because you’re too coal-dependent is a bit like saying you can’t arrest liver damage because you’ve got this taste for liquor.
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