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Government

  • 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.

  • Roberson wants to fill District 74 vacancy

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    LEOPOLD – Mary Roberson, who has led Perry Central Community School since 2003, has thrown her hat into the political ring, filing to fill the vacancy created by the resignation earlier this month of District 74 State Rep. Lloyd Arnold.

    Arnold, a Crawford County Republican who had served the district since late 2012, stepped down from office after being asked to serve as director of law enforcement for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He began his new duties Oct. 23.

  • Houchin receives perfect voting record from pro-family group

    SALEM – State Sen. Erin Houchin was recently recognized by the Indiana Family Institute for maintaining a perfect voting record on their legislative scorecard for the 2017 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly. The scorecard includes legislation on abortion, religious freedom, tax hikes and other matters.

  • Trump’s ‘unworkable’ executive order destabilizes health care markets

    Tim Lanane

    Guest Columnist

     

    Since the start of the Affordable Care Act  and the expansion of Medicaid through the HIP 2.0 program, over half a million Hoosiers have gained access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. This lowered Indiana’s uninsured rate to just eight percent.

    Unfortunately, President Trump and his administration have put it all at risk by gutting access to the ability to apply and by signing the latest executive order to intentionally destabilize the health insurance marketplace.