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Last Updated: January 18, 2018

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As local Indy politics whirled all around them downtown on Tuesday night, Occupy Indy stayed focused on the protest of entrenched social inequalities.

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Backers of a proposed $2.5 billion mass transit plan are looking for help from on high - or at least local churches - as they mobilize ahead of the 2012 General Assembly.

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Indiana's state government is carrying the country's third-lowest amount of debt per capita - $5,970 of debt for each of its 6.5 million residents.

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NUVO received a statement from Occupy Indy on Nov. 18 noting the local movement has severed ties with a person who operates outside the aegis of the group.

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Lawmakers returning to the Statehouse next week to prep for the '12 legislative session will likely face hallways filled with union workers.

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Every week, NUVO cartoonist Wayne Bertsch turns an eye towards the news headlines for the subject of his 'Gadfly' comic.

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Hundreds of union workers crowded the Statehouse hallways Tuesday waving signs and chanting as members of the Indiana House and Senate returned to the Capitol.

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Twists to Occupy Indy have emerged over the last few weeks: a contentious financial document, a faction divide, arrests and an unsuccessful Taser deployment.

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Mitch Daniels announced that he would support right-to-work proposals at the General Assembly, though a majority of Hoosiers are undecided about the issue.

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A Marion Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday that Secretary of State Charlie White, a Republican, was not eligible to be a candidate in last year's election, and therefore his Democratic opponent, Vop Osili should be awarded the office.

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Mitch Daniels ducks the chance for presidential run; Rupert Boneham gets serious about government; lawmakers' kink escapes the closet

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Charlie White fights on.

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Among Gov. Mitch Daniels' goals for 2012: implement a statewide smoking ban; pass a right-to-work law; and end what he calls

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credit creep.

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The opening day of the 2012 Indiana General Assembly started with a surrender and then veered to a slowdown. Back to business as usual, says John Krull.

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An audio compilation of the day's legislative activities from the robust reporting team at The Statehouse File.

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In the Indiana General Assembly's first order of business in 2012, the Senate Public Safety Committee advanced a bill tightening anti-trafficking laws.

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A multimedia compilation of recent legislative activities. On the docket: human trafficking bill, mass transit boosting, public smoking, RTW, and state revenue.

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House Bill 1091 is scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 10. One watchdog called it

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the most repulsive, underhanded and unjust piece of proposed legislation I've ever seen.

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The House is now clear to hold floor debate on both right-to-work legislation and the CAFO/meth bill. The chamber, though, remains volatile.

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Reps must gather in the venue designed for debate and hash out the details not only of this bill, but of the entire slate of legislation Hoosiers want heard.

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The House Public Health Committee passed Bill 1149 on Wednesday, which will ban smoking in many public areas statewide if passed by the full House.

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A state Senate committee considered an odd collection of education proposals Wednesday, many of which were wrapped into one bill, during a hearing Wednesday.

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A legislative committee on Wednesday passed two bills that could lead to changes in local governments and sent them to the full Senate for consideration.

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Plans to vote on an amendment to send the right-to-work issue to a statewide referendum fell apart Tuesday when Democrats boycotted.

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Every week, NUVO cartoonist Wayne Bertsch turns an eye towards the news headlines for the subject of his 'Gadfly' comic.

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To disregard the depth of emotion running contrary to the right-to-work initiative threatens to further erode faith that government truly is of and for the people.

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The drama over the GOP's proposed right-to-work law is far from over, but the issue of whether a voter referendum can solve the gridlock is all but finished.

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The House passed a right-to-work bill 54-44 Wednesday after a chaotic debate; union workers yelled through chamber doors drown out supporters' floor speeches.

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A bi-partisan coalition of state lawmakers stomped on the hopes of Hoosiers who dream of upgrading the infrastructure of our capital city to modern standards.

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If you are a supporter of mass transit, hopefully you are a Cubs fan, because it looks like you're going to have to wait until next year.

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Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, authored a bill that he knows will result in lawsuits against school districts and that will inject religious theory into science class.

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The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named seven candidates Thursday as semi-finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Two more weeks for someone to say something stupid. Two more weeks of potential posturing. Still it's two-week's notice: On March 9, they will be gone.

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Local death penalty abolitionists will gather at 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 29 at the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate life-alternatives to the death penalty.

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Indiana Gasification is expected to produce synthetic gas for about $6.60 per dekatherm, while natural gas prices are currently below $3. For this it wants a tax credit.

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Gov. Mitch Daniels will choose the state's next Indiana Supreme Court justice from among two attorneys and one judge already serving state government.

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Environmental watchdogs worry a bill consolidating Indiana's environmental oversight boards will result in

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less public input, transparency

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quality decisions.

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Act now to mitigate.

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Bills putting teeth into Indiana's toothless open records laws and a statewide smoking ban are among the stack off to Gov. Daniels.

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The State Integrity Index - released early Monday - assigned Indiana a grade of C- in a study that attempts to measure a state government's risk of corruption.

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Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed his former chief counsel - Mark Massa - to fill the Indiana Supreme Court bench opening left by retiring Chief Justice Randall Shepard.

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The state's latest accounting error, shortchanging local governments by $206 million, will test the governor's reputation as a trustworthy steward of taxpayer dollars.

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Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered an outside audit after officials discovered a second programming error, this one short-changing cash-strapped local governments $206 million.

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Despite thundering skies, over 100 people gathered to protest legislative action against women's health and to advocate for equal pay.

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More than 100 people gathered Friday on the steps of the statehouse to protest an Obama administration move they say crosses the line between government and religion.

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Judge Loretta Hogan Rush will be the second woman to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court - the first in 13 years. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the appointment Friday.

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Thanks to Rupert Boneham, John Gregg and Mike Pence for taking the time to give us a taste of what they're about and how they might handle some of the issues facing our governor.

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The

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house of the Indiana State Legislature faces many challenges from transit-funding crunches to defusing the mean-spiritedness infecting the chambers of the Statehouse.

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On Jan. 23, The Nature Conservancy will sponsor Conservation Day at the Statehouse. Check here for a primer on some of the top issues of importance to environmental advocates.

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Chief Justice Brent Dickson covered a lot of territory in his first State of the Judiciary Address. But some of the numbers jumped out at us.

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The Indiana Citizen's Alliance for Transit scored a win Wednesday when the House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that support efforts to improve Indy's mass transit.

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With a critical committee vote on Tuesday the last obstacle between the mass transit bill and the Senate floor, proponents are rallying supporters to contact their senators.

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Rep. Negele says private physicians rarely administer abortion-inducing drugs and therefore don't need the same regulations as Planned Parenthood's clinic.

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Technically, the mass transit bill is not dead. It just does not look anything like it did at the beginning of this week, thanks to a Senate amendment approved Tuesday.

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Majority Senate Republicans unveiled a $29.5 billion two-year budget plan Thursday that boosts funding for schools and roads and includes a small individual income tax cut.

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Parting shots from different sectors of business and advocacy ... Tidbits include: Good news for the arts and workforce development, bad news for the environment, open government.

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Around 300 people came out to celebrate the defeat of DOMA by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The rally was led by IYG and Indiana Equality.

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Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, is not convinced the current plan to expand mass transit in Indy is the wisest use of tax dollars. And, for him, the issue should not be decided by the people without appropriate guidance from elected officials.

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The 5-0 ruling eliminates a significant hurdle for Leucadia National, developer of a coal-to-gas plant planned for Rockport, which had all but given up the project after legislative action made it likely it would need a new review.

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Leaders announced that the House and Senate will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, despite ongoing travel warnings across a state largely blanketed with snow. Senate committees originally scheduled for earlier that day are postponed and will take place after the Senate adjourns Tuesday or in the coming days.

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Gov. Mike Pence's plan to eliminate the tax on business equipment would mean significantly higher taxes for other property owners without mitigating action, a new report says.

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House Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage Thursday, along with a supplementary bill meant to address concerns that have led some lawmakers to reassess their support ...

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Plus more from the Statehouse on: freedom of information, government accountability, redistricting reform, environmental issues, transit public safety ...

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Controversial issue divides families as House leadership forces anti-gay resolution through the legislative process. Election Committee Chair neglects to warn gay son of HJR 3 vote.

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After hearing several hours of testimony on House Joint Resolution 3, the Indiana Senate Rules Committee, which includes the full complement of majority and minority leadership, voted 8-4 on Monday to pass the measure, as amended by the House, for a vote by the full senate.

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Upon the conclusion of the 2014 Indiana General Assembly, Rs and Ds agreed on expanding pre-K vouchers and criminal code reforms, but disagreed on the effect and impact of giving local governments the ability to repeal the business personal property tax.

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Readers will remember that, among other activities this session, leaders: chose marriage definition as an issue of prime importance; determined that pre-K education was important enough to fund a limited pilot program; dipped into their rainy day transportation fund to try to catch up with back-logged transportation infrastructure projects; and, finally, gave Central Indiana residents the right to vote on funding mass transit improvements - as long as they don't involve light rail.