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Government

  • A flawed tax reform bill

    Joe Donnelly

    U.S. Senate

     

    Like many of you, I believe we need to reform our tax code and cut taxes for the middle class. From the beginning of this year’s tax reform effort, I’ve been willing to partner with Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump and his administration.

  • Crouch: Hoosiers deserve the same opportunities to develop

    Suzanne Crouch

    Guest Columnist

     

    Growing up as a 12 year old who towered over her peers and teachers at 5-foot eight, I was a target for many of my classmates’ ridicule and jokes. Suffering through those harsh words, my father gave me some advice that helped shape who I am today. His valuable lesson was to love, accept and respect myself, and when I began to do that, even with all of my imperfections, I could accept and respect the differences in others.

  • Houchin: Indiana Senate page program application now available

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Senate Page Program.

    This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor, and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

  • DNA bill passage earns prosecutor awards for Bauer, Houchin

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Rep. B. Patrick Bauer and Sen. Erin Houchin have received Legislative Excellence Awards from Indiana prosecuting attorneys for their work on the passage of a bill during the 2017 legislative sessions that requires felony arrestees to provide a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities.

  • New representatives named to House standing committees

    INDIANAPOLIS  – State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) were both recently appointed to serve on standing committees for the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.

    Bartels was named to the House Committee on Natural Resources, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and the House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs.

  • Fair representation can’t be found in the legislature’s lobby

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    “Everyone, it seemed tried to get their pet issue some attention Tuesday,” the words sprang from the page like daggers to the eye – and the psyche – in Wednesday’s Courier-Press article about the start of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly.  It was a glaring statement that points to what most know but have little ability to correct; the influence of outside lobby in our policy making.

  • New State Rep. Bartels sworn in

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep.-elect Steve Bartels (R-Eckerty) took the oath of office today to serve as state representative for House District 74.

    Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter administered the oath in the House Chamber of the Statehouse during a formal swearing-in ceremony.

  • Awarded for service
  • Party caucus today will fill District 74 seat

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    LEOPOLD – Perry Central High School will host a Republican Party caucus at 6 p.m. today to fill the Indiana District 74 seat vacated by Lloyd Arnold. The district consists of all or portions of Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties. The candidate nominated will serve out the remainder of Arnold’s two-year term, which will conclude at the end of 2018.

  • Hoosier politicians take thousands from pharmaceutical companies

    JON WEBB

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Larry Bucshon is a firm fighter of Indiana’s opioid epidemic. The Eighth District congressman was in the area this week meeting with Vanderburgh County’s Substance Abuse Council and touting a drug take-back initiative at Walgreen’s. Last year, he sponsored a bill meant to widen treatment options for those battling addiction.

    But according to campaign finance records, he also received thousands of dollars from a company accused of perpetuating the very problem Bucshon’s trying to curb.