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Government

  • Arnold: Working to replace ISTEP

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    This legislative session, we worked together to find ways to better evaluate our students and schools in order to continue producing some of the best and brightest minds here in Indiana. By eliminating the troubled ISTEP exam, we laid the foundation to review and replace it with something more effective.

  • Advancement in local medical, educational opportunities

    State Rep. Ron Bacon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Working in the medical industry since 1967 and living in the southwest region of Indiana all my life, I’ve witnessed firsthand the advancements in health-care services and improvements to medical facilities in our area.

  • Fighting Indiana’s drug epidemic

    Erin Houchin

    State Sen. District 47

     

    Combating Indiana’s drug-abuse epidemic is a top priority for the Indiana General Assembly. Our state has led the nation in the number of meth-lab incidents three years in a row, with 1,530 meth labs seized by law enforcement last year alone. Meth, heroin and prescription drug abuse are destroying lives and damaging entire communities.

    This year, I supported several pieces of legislation to help curb this rapidly increasing problem. Three of these bills were recently signed by the governor.

  • It’s getting harder to govern; It’s not just politicians’ fault

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    We may not know who our next President is going to be, but here’s one thing that’s almost certain: he or she will take office with roughly half of the electorate unhappy and mistrustful. The notion that the President speaks for a broad coalition of Americans who are willing to set aside their differences on behalf of a compelling new vision for the country? It’s vanished.

  • Expanding Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Unfortunately, there are many veterans who face lifelong financial difficulties after concluding their military service. This year, I was proud to support a measure that allows these veterans to seek help from Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund, regardless of how long ago they served.

  • Combating Indiana’s drug epidemic

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    As the top meth-producing state in the nation, Indiana needed to take action this session to keep the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine out of the wrong hands.

  • Beyond transparency, we need accountability

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic – I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I got a straight answer? Almost never.

  • In race for 8th Congressional District, Moss challenges Bucshon to debate the issues

    The Moss For Congress Campaign has issued a formal and public challenge to Congressman Larry Bucshon to debate congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss in three areas across Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Moss has proposed debates in Vanderburgh, Vigo and Dubois counties in April before the May 3 Republican primary. Moss asked that his challenge take the form of a letter to the editor.

     

  • Arnold hunting bill signed by Pence

    INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), which would authorize the use of a wider range of firearms for hunting deer, has been signed by Gov. Mike Pence.

    House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1231 would allow the use of more accessible firearms, which are currently not permitted, to be used to hunt deer during firearms season.

  • There’s still too much secrecy in government

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction.

    In fact, I’m dismayed by how often public officials fight not to do the public’s business in public. And I’m not just talking about the federal government.