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Government

  • Money and politics: we need change now!

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.

  • Congress and the president need to consult, and not just on Iran

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the president, warning that its members must be satisfied with any agreement before they’ll vote to reduce sanctions.

    What lies behind these moves? I think Congress feels left out of foreign policy making.

  • Cannelton Legion Auxiliary selects Jordan Vogt as Hoosier Girls State delegate

    CANNELTON – Jordan Vogt, daughter of Wes Powers and Misty Parr, has been chosen by Cannelton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 142 to attend the 74th annual session of Hoosier Girls State. The event will be held June 21-27 on the campus of Trine University in Angola.

  • State Auditor Suzanne Crouch visits with county officials

    PERRY COUNTY – State Auditor Suzanne Crouch visited Perry County Auditor Pamela Goffinet’s office last Monday during a stop on her statewide county auditor’s office tour.

    “Keeping in touch with county officials and ensuring that we are all on the same page helps increase efficiency and accountability at local and state levels,” Crouch said. “There are 92 county auditors in Indiana, and each of them is crucial to the function of their county’s government.”

  • Sprinkle gains experience at Statehouse
  • The session’s most important bill

    Lloyd Arnold

     

    As you turn on the local news, you may hear discussion about our state’s budget. As a father of four boys in junior high and high school, I have come to realize how important this bill is to our educational system. Did you know that over 50 percent of our state’s budget is spent on K-12 Education?

    Without the state passing a budget, we would be forced to live off of our state’s reserves – or savings account – which we would only be able to do for a little over a month.

  • Second installment of property tax due Nov. 10

     

    PERRY COUNTY – The deadline for payment of the second installment of property taxes is Nov. 10. Any payments received after that date will be subject to a penalty.

  • Courthouse open next two Saturdays for voting

     

    TELL CITY – The county courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. until noon this and next Saturday for early voting.

    Formerly called absentee voting, people can use early voting for any reason and without explaining why. During the week, they can go to the commissioners room between 8 a.m. and noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Absentee voting can also be done by mail by filing an application through the clerk’s office. Applications can be requested or other information can be obtained by calling 547-3741 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

  • SWCD accepting supervisor applications

     

    PERRY COUNTY – If conservation of our soil, water and other related natural resources is an important priority with you, the Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District may be what you’re looking for. That’s the message from the Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District, which is accepting applications for an elected supervisor position. The individual will serve as an elected district supervisor for a three-year term, beginning in January 2015.

  • Democrats appointed to serve on Senate standing committees

     

    INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have been appointed to Senate standing committees for the 118th session of the Indiana General Assembly. Standing committees are referred bills for review by topic and cast the first vote on a proposal during the legislative process. Members are appointed by the president pro tempore upon recommendation by the Senate Democratic Leader, Tim Lanane (D-Anderson).

     Appointments include: