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12:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

'Just IN' Is Out As Governor Cancels Plan

The website received criticism from almost every news source asked about it.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has announced the cancelation of his planned Just IN news site.

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Government
3:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

This 'Just IN': Criticism Slows Rollout Of Proposed State News Outlet

The news service was to launch late next month. Now its timeline is more uncertain.
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Pence administration officials say they’ll work with press organizations to carefully evaluate the proposed state news service before it’s unveiled to the public. 

Pence’s communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was to serve as a clearinghouse, a “one-stop shop,” for press releases from all state agencies. 

She says the current system, a state news calendar, didn’t display releases from nearly half of the state’s 90 agencies. 

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Government
3:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Watchdog Groups Wish New Lawmaker Ethics Proposal Was Stronger

Some groups would like to see rules recusing lawmakers with any possible conflicts from any and all discussions.
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Citizens advocacy groups say a move made by a House committee Tuesday is a step forward in bolstering the chamber’s code of ethics.

The proposed code prohibits representatives from advocating in matters where they have a direct personal or financial interest. That includes anything that could affect the income of the member, their close relatives or any ownership interest they hold in a partnership, business or corporation.

Common Cause Policy Director Julia Vaughn says the new code is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t go far enough.

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Government
4:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

House Speaker Argues Against Rep's Lobbying, But Says He Can't Stop It

Behning says he hasn't committed to any lobbying yet and is waiting on the opinion of the House Ethics Committee.
Credit Indiana House Republicans

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he has no plans to amend an ethics reform bill to prohibit a committee chairman‘s new lobbying venture.

Legislators are already banned from lobbying in Indiana. The ethics proposal would require them to disclose any lobbying in other states.

Bosma says Education Chairman Bob Behning‘s (R-Indianapolis) request to the Ethics Committee to review his plans to lobby on education issues in other states shows the bill is working even before it becomes law.

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Government
12:52 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor says taxpayers should vote for a property tax increase to pay for a $30 million renovation to Frankfort High School.
Credit City of Frankfort

The beginning of a calendar year is often the time for “state of” addresses: State of the Union, State of the State, etc.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes is getting set to deliver his state of the city address and this week we ask him what he feels he’s accomplished and what’s been pushed to the back burner.

Also on the show: we talk money in education. Should taxpayers be expected to pick up a $30 million tab for renovating Frankfort High School, even as the school district flounders on state grading metrics?

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