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Indiana more likely to lessen penalties, not legalize pot
The head of the Indiana State Police may have surprised legislators last week when he told a state budget committee that he personally favored legalizing marijuana, but the push to re-think Indiana’s pot laws isn’t new.
Maureen Hayden: ‘Getting Ritzed’ new catch phrase in Indianapolis
There’s a new phrase starting to emerge in the lexicon of the Indiana Statehouse: “Getting Ritzed.”
It refers to the stunning Nov. 6 electoral victory of political newcomer Glenda Ritz over her giant of an opponent, Tony Bennett, in the race for superintendent of public instruction.
Supporters of Sunday alcohol sales try again
Supporters of failed efforts to legalize Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana live by the motto of “try, try again.” They’re re-introducing legislation, shot down in the past, that would allow the purchase of carryout alcohol on Sundays and put an end to one of the last “blue laws” on the books.
GOP leaders in Statehouse predict review of education reforms
Republican legislative leaders stung by the defeat of the state schools superintendent say Indiana lawmakers may take a closer look at how some of the sweeping education reforms in K-12 schools have been implemented.
I-69 opens in southern Indiana
With a cut of a ribbon, I-69 was open Monday.
The dream of many in Daviess County and southwest Indiana was realized as Gov. Mitch Daniels led the opening parade up the 67-mile stretch of new interstate from Evansville to NSWC Crane.
Maureen Hayden: Email responses about upset present common themes
Political forecaster Nate Silver is a rock star in the world of statistical analysis, having earned well-deserved celebrity for his nearly spot-on predictions of how voters in each state would cast their ballots in the 2008 and 2012 presidential and Senate races.
Visionaries reflect back on I-69's beginnings
It is hard to believe, but Interstate 69 did not start in an office, where its proponents had to convince others the road is needed.
Nor did it start a boardroom, where countless meetings and decisions were made on its potential impact or decide where it would go should there be a way to fund it.
It really didn’t start at the desk of Gov. Mitch Daniels, who decided to spend the $700 million to build the road, or in the cabs of hundreds of trucks who moved tons of earth in building the 67 miles that residents here will be driving on this Thanksgiving holiday.
The interstate on the city’s east side, set to open Monday, was definitely moved along in these places, but its start was small, at a breakfast table.
East-end bridge expected to open in 2016
Under a proposal picked Friday by the state financing authority, the Indiana portion of the long-awaited Ohio River Bridges Project would be completed under budget and far ahead of the original project schedule.
Ritz’s crew reaches reluctant legislators with social media
Some of the same forces that used social media to defeat the Republican state schools superintendent are mobilizing their resources again, this time to send a message to GOP leaders to pay attention to the election results.
Indiana judge answers call of duty with specialized courts for veterans
Floyd County Superior Court Judge Maria Granger is the proud daughter of a retired Marine, sister to a former sailor, and wife and stepmother of soldiers. She answered her call of duty in a different way: By creating a problem-solving court for veterans who find themselves in legal trouble.
Numbers drive creation of Indiana's military veterans courts
Since 2008, when the first veterans treatment court opened in New York, judges across the nation have been responding to the needs of veterans struggling to recover from the psychic wounds of war.
New state schools superintendent may face limit on power
Democrat Glenda Ritz won the race for the state’s schools superintendent by challenging the education overhaul implemented by the Republican incumbent Tony Bennett, but her power to stop the sweeping changes in Indiana schools may be limited.
Ritz upsets Bennett in Indiana education chief race
Democratic challenger Glenda Ritz pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday night, beating incumbent Republican Tony Bennett in the unexpectedly tight race for Indiana superintendent of public instruction.
Maureen Hayden: Legislators likely to face marijuana issue next session
The much anticipated Howey/Depauw Indiana Battleground Poll released last week was worth the wait, with its newsworthy revelation that the U.S. Senate race wasn’t shaping up the way it was anticipated.
Indiana Republicans seeking ‘super majority’ in House
Indiana Republicans are hoping to score a rare kind of victory this November: winning enough seats to claim a “super majority” in both the House and Senate while taking the governor’s office as well.
Commission approves criminal code reforms
The effort to overhaul major portions of Indiana’s criminal code to make punishment more proportionate to the crime moved another step forward Wednesday.
New grading system for Indiana schools results in mixed marks
The state Department of Education released its controversial A through F letter grades Wednesday for more than 2,000 Indiana schools.
State releases new grading system for schools
The state Department of Education released its controversial A through F letter grades today for more than 2,000 Indiana schools.
Indiana courts seeing decrease in filings
The 2011 Indiana Judicial Service Report, released Monday, shows the overall number of criminal and civil cases being handled by judges and court personnel down to about where it was a decade ago.
Indiana’s third party sees progress beyond its wins
Inside the Indiana Libertarian Party headquarters in downtown Indianapolis is a hardy band of volunteers who don’t see losing a political race quite the same way other people do.
Libertarians try to leverage ‘Survivor’ celebrity to win votes
The Democratic and Republican candidates running for governor this year are spending millions upon millions of dollars to get voters to pay attention to them. The third guy in the race just has to show up.
Freshman lawmaker makes jump to statewide ticket
Last April, not long after returning home from a contentious legislative session, freshman state lawmaker Sue Ellspermann got a call from someone who said he was with Mike Pence’s gubernatorial campaign.
Pence campaign rooted in victories and mistakes of the past
In 2006, Indiana congressman Mike Pence found himself in an unlikely place: Sitting across from U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, the unabashed liberal Democrat whose beliefs about the interventionist role of federal government were polar opposite from those of the Republican Pence.
Veteran legislator brings different view to Democratic ticket
The general election of 1984 wasn’t a good year for Democrats, as Republicans in Indiana and across the nation rode in on the coattails of President Ronald Reagan’s landslide re-election.
For Democrat Gregg, politics is about the personal
In John Gregg’s book about his life in politics, the southern Indiana Democrat opens the first chapter with a somber quote about the moral roots of public service and a humorous description of himself as a “burrheaded pudgy kid.”
U.S Senate race coming down to the wire
In the high-stakes race for the U.S. Senate, Indiana’s major-party candidates and their supporters have waged aggressive and costly campaigns to woo voters like Aaron Williford.
Campaigning to lead state schools
Glenda Ritz and Tony Bennett are both longtime educators, but how they see the sweeping changes in Indiana schools and classrooms couldn’t be more different.
Maureen Hayden: Voters face challenges to stay engaged
To make sure I could vote in the November election and not fail the standards set by Indiana’s voter ID law, I took a trip to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles a couple of weeks ago to get a new license with my most current address.
Clinton, during Indy visit, calls for cooperation
About 4,000 Democrats welcomed former President Bill Clinton to the North Central High School gymnasium Friday for a “Hoosier Common Sense Rally” in support of U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly in his race for U.S. Senate.
Alcohol, smoking and gambling issues may return to Statehouse
Alcohol, cigarettes and gambling weren’t on the legislative agenda rolled out by Indiana House Republicans last week, but it’s likely they’ll be back at the Statehouse again next session anyway.
The three vices affect the state’s health and wealth in a variety of ways, which is why questions about how to regulate them keep returning.
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