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Former Indiana Republican Party Chair Eric Holcomb will soon have the number two job in Indiana state government. Governor Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Holcomb will take Sue Ellspermann’s seat as the state’s lieutenant governor.

Current Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann told Governor Pence of her interest in seeking the open presidency position at Ivy Tech last December. Pence began the search for her replacement soon after and says Holcomb’s background makes him a perfect fit.

Holcomb Expected To Replace Ellspermann As Lt. Gov

Feb 9, 2016
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Governor Mike Pence is expected to name former State Republican Party chair Eric Holcomb as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor. 

Holcomb will replace Sue Ellspermann, who is under consideration to become the President of Ivy Tech Community College.

Pence scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to make an announcement regarding his administration.

Holcomb, a former advisor to Governor Mitch Daniels, just yesterday dropped out of the GOP primary race for U-S Senate.

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Senate lawmakers have taken steps to regulate daily fantasy sports but chosen chose not to classify the practice as gambling.

A Senate bill passed easily, but the legislation’s path through the House isn’t as secure.

The Senate legislation imposed some regulation on the multi-million dollar industry, including bans on insider information and prohibiting professional athletes and officials from playing. 

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Last month’s state tax collections edged above projected levels as Indiana began the second half of its fiscal year. 

Indiana tax revenues have come in just below expectations for most of the fiscal year. 

But in January, collections through seven months of the fiscal year topped projections by about $7 million.  Collections in almost all tax categories last month were near their targets – sales tax came in just above predicted levels, individual income tax and gaming taxes were just off the mark. 

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House Democrats say they won’t let the LGBT rights debate die this session.

Senate lawmakers killed a bill earlier this week that aimed to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers from discrimination.  House Democrats are looking for ways to work the issue into another bill -- though House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the odds aren’t good.

The gay rights bill – Senate Bill 344 – failed to advance out of the Senate before the session’s first half deadline after Republican leadership said they couldn’t muster enough support for the measure. 

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