Politics & Government

Politics & Government
11:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

State to Help Disabled Offenders Reintegrate After Prison

A new collaboration between the Indiana Department of Correction and a division of the state’s Family and Social Services Administration is aimed at helping developmentally disabled offenders transition more smoothly to life outside prison.

While the developmentally disabled receive treatment while incarcerated, a new combined effort of the Department of Correction and the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, or DDRS, is meant to help those offenders obtain treatment once they’re outside the prison walls. 

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Politics & Government
12:12 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Planned Parenthood Defunding Battle Ends

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President Betty Cockrum.

A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood.  The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.

Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood.  Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court. 

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Politics & Government
10:46 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Committee Set to Add Transparency at DCS

Lawmakers say a new Department of Child Services oversight committee will help increase the agency’s transparency by developing a greater sense of collaboration between the legislature and DCS.

The DCS Oversight Committee was created last legislative session as part of a larger Commission on Improving the Status of Children.

Middlebury Republican Senator Carlin Yoder, who chairs the committee, says it was created because of struggles DCS went through the last several years.

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Politics & Government
4:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Senators At Odds on Food Stamps in the Farm Bill

The U.S. House passed the farm bill Thursday without including food stamp funding.  Now, Indiana’s U.S. Senators are split on whether the assistance program should remain out of the bill.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Hoosier Retraining Efforts Get a Financial Boost

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana is getting more federal grant money to boost its efforts retraining out-of-work Hoosiers for next-generation jobs.

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Politics & Government
9:31 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Interview: Janet Napolitano Talks Immigration Reform

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

As the U.S. Senate wraps up debate on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, members of President Barack Obama's administration are going to the public to drum up support for the bill as it heads to the House. Republican House leaders say they’re in no rush to take up the measure.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Marriage Advocates, Opponents Prepare for 2014

Advocates on both sides of Indiana’s same sex marriage debate are preparing for a fight after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday clear the way for the states to decide the marriage question.


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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

State Tries to Lure Jobs With New Campaign

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is deploying a new marketing campaign aimed at reducing the state’s unemployment rate.

Governor Mike Pence often said on the campaign trail he wanted to make Indiana the state that works.  The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is borrowing that slogan for its new marketing campaign. 

State Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith says the campaign will use a broad-based approach that incorporates its new website.

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Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

ACLU Goes to Court Over Specialty License Plates

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Indiana Chapter is taking the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to court over the BMV commissioner’s role in denying specialty license plates to a gay youth support group.

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Pence Introduces New Performance Metrics

Governor Mike Pence announced Monday that, for the first time, Indiana will tie two percent of state agencies’ budgets to a series of performance metrics.

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