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Howey Politics Indiana Feb. 16, 2017: Ups & Downs of Gov. Pence's legacy; Claybourn: Pence in Daniels' shadow; Souder: Grateful Pence was governor; Howey: VP Pence's long, long game; Rep. Smith won't take redistricting vote.
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Howey Politics Indiana Feb. 9, 2017: HB1002, paying the gas or axle tax; Howey Column: Putin and moral clarity; Statehouse: Supt bill a fait accompli; Friedman Column: Clinton campaign blew it.
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Howey Politics Indiana Feb. 2, 2017: Trump ushers in a political realignment; INSen: Brooks out, Hurt in, Ballard might; Holcomb, Hill showdown over needles; Claybourn: Republicans at a divide; Hale: Need for civics; Samuel: Trump & numbers
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Howey Politics Indiana Jan. 26, 2017: Trump's populist experiment begins; Vice President Pence a heartbeat away; Horse Race: 5 Rs eye Donnelly; Samuel Column: Trump reality arrives; Souder Column: political legitimacy
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  • Senate shocker: Votes down appointed school chief bill; House approves
    "As we add on another appointment this will take away another opportunity for voters to participate in the process." - Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, after the Indiana Senate surprisingly voted down SB 179 by a 26-23 vote Monday afternoon. SB 179 which would create a gubernatorial elected education secretary that would replace the elected superintendent of public instruction. The House voted 68-29 for HB 1005, a similar bill. It is a priority of Gov. Eric Holcomb, Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President David Long and had the backing of Republican Supt. Jennifer McCormick, who upset Supt. Glenda Ritz in 2016. Indiana actually elects more public officials than most other states, with more than 9,000 positions at state and local levels. The Republican leaders favored the appointed position after former Gov. Mike Pence and Ritz sparred frequently over the past four years.
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  • Our response to the press as an 'enemy of the American people'

    Over the past four decades, I have been a committed Hoosier journalist, motivated as a career, but primarily as a steward of our community, state and nation, serving readers with fact, analysis and commentary. My career goal has been to leave a better Indiana and America than when I found it. Eleven of those years I reported and edited for the Elkhart Truth, adding an extra incentive for accuracy. Throughout our state, there are hundreds of committed journalists who strive for the same standards.

    So it is alarming as well as disheartening that President Trump would brand us an “enemy of the American people.” It comes after previous presidential assaults aimed at the very institutions that have made America the greatest nation in history: Our judiciary, our intelligence services, and our political parties. President Trump reveals a staggering dimension of ignorance with this reckless rhetoric, and sets off alarms that his authoritarian bent will fundamentally change this great nation.

    I keep coming back to Purdue President Mitch Daniels’ book, “Keeping the Republic,” echoing a fork in the road assessment of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, who was asked what kind of nation will we be? He responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” We now find ourselves at a similar junction. The stewards of the press, three branches of government, an array of civic institutions and our citizens are faced with the arduous task of defending more than two centuries of tradition, now under assault from what appears to be a president who either lacks a fundamental grasp of our guiding concepts and principles, or who seeks to pervert them. - Brian A. Howey, publisher of Howey Politics Indiana

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President Trump's Feb. 16 Press Conference
President Trump's Feb. 16, 2017 White House press conference via Fox News.

Pence kept in dark about Flynn, Russians
NBC News reports on how Vice President Pence was kept out of the loop on Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russians.

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Trump taxes

Should Donald Trump release recent tax returns, like every major party nominee has done over the past 40 years?


 




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