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Government

  • We the People Hearings
  • A president struggling to get on track

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Colunist

     

    I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails.

    Yet, I also believe that constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable. It’s in this spirit that I want to take a hard look at the Trump presidency so far.

  • Strengthening our commitment to fiscal integrity

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    When Indiana lawmakers meet during a budget session, it’s important that we invest in our priorities like education and public safety while ensuring we don’t spend more money than we take in. This session, we passed an honestly balanced budget, which funds state operations including education, public safety, veteran’s programs, substance abuse prevention and workforce development over the next two years.

  • Indiana’s infrastructure improvements

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    The 2017 legislative session recently concluded and along with passing a balanced state budget, the General Assembly accomplished a key goal by making the largest investment in state and local infrastructure in Indiana’s history.

  • New laws may affect you

    Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    The Indiana General Assembly has adjourned “sine die,” marking the end of the 2017 legislative session.

    Before the session began, my fellow legislators and I set our priorities, which included improving our workforce development efforts, keeping our state budget balanced and replacing the ISTEP exam. I am proud to say we were able to achieve all of those goals.

  • Bucshon disappointed in defeat of GOP healthcare bill

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon fielded questions on the American Health Care Act, defense spending and first weeks of the Donald Trump Administration during an appearance April 13 at the Pour Haus.

    Bucshon spoke to a group of constituents, including local Republicans. While not a formal public town hall meeting, Bucshon faced friendly, but at times, tough questions on the gridlock and head-butting in the nation’s capital, including disagreements among Republicans.

  • The final weeks of session

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    The Indiana General Assembly is in the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. This year, I have worked on several important measures that I believe will continue to promote Hoosier values and make Indiana a great place to live, work and raise a family.

    Senate Enrolled Act 322 requires all individuals arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample along with finger prints, photographs and other information during the booking process.

  • We need to safeguard the ‘public’ in public office

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full.

  • Safeguarding first responders a statewide priority

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Rep. District 74

     

    Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters are a vital part of every Hoosier community. Currently, there are benefit plans for the families of these first responders killed in the line of duty. There is not, however, a plan set up for these brave public servants who are permanently disabled in the line of duty. I co-authored a bill this session that would address this issue.

  • Political parties elect officers

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County’s two major political parties have elected officers for the year. Dale Groves, who has led Perry County Democrats for several years, has stepped down for health reasons. The new Democrat Party Chairman is Ryan Risse. The Central Committee consists of vice chairwoman Jody French; Don Sherry, secretary, and Mary Lee Smith, treasurer.

    “It’s been a pleasure to serve in the capacity of the leader of the party,” Groves said. He was recently appointed co-chairman of the Democratic 8th Congressional District.