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As a new school year begins, it’s not just students who have homework due. Hoosier school corporations are required to submit new teacher evaluation programs to the state Department of Education by next month.

Some legislators are concerned about the effectiveness of the evaluations. They met Tuesday for a summer study committee to hear from the state Department of Education about its plan.

Inheritance tax phase out costing counties money

Jul 30, 2012

Tippecanoe County is bracing for the loss of a revenue source.

The county is preparing as the state begins to phase out the inheritance tax.

The tax is reduced ten percent for each of the next nine years.

Eventually the county no longer will receive that money.

Treasurer Bob Plantenga says this could result in losing hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars.

IN House Dems choose new leader

Jul 27, 2012
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Pat Bauer is out as leader of the House Democratic caucus.  A majority of members voted Thursday to replace him with Hammond Representative Linda Lawson:

Frustration within the minority caucus had been building for some time.  An earlier attempt to oust Bauer failed.  But Thursday, at least 21 of the 23 Democrats who attended a caucus meeting in Lafayette voted to replace Bauer at the top with Lawson. 

Lawson, who becomes the first woman to lead the caucus, says the position isn’t something she ever really wanted.

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House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer has reportedly cleaned out his Statehouse office.

It's the latest sign the South Bend Democrat might be ousted from his post at a party caucus meeting scheduled for Thursday. 

Sources confirm to Indiana Public Broadcasting that Bauer’s Statehouse office is virtually empty. However, Bauer says he’s merely, in his words, “changing logistics” and switching out decorative items for communications equipment.

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Some House Democrats say there is increasing frustration about the way their caucus is being led and that growing unrest could mean removing Minority Leader Pat Bauer from his current position. 

An attempt to oust the South Bend Democrat from his position atop the caucus materialized last week, but fizzled after not enough caucus members could reach an agreement.

State Representative Dave Cheatham (D-North Vernon) says members have been vocal about their concerns in caucus.

A union leader is the Democrats pick to run for the state Senate in District Seven.

Brad Thompson serves as president of Tate and Lyle’s International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1070.

He also was president of the Federation of Grain Millers local union 702 at Cargill.

Now, the Delphi resident is looking to take on another role, state senator in the 7th District.

He says will use those experiences leading unions as a building block of his campaign.


As this summer’s legislative study committees begin to take shape, the committee with the most on its plate will examine the Department of Child Services.  Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says it’s the most important committee that will meet this year.

The Department of Child Services Study Committee is tasked with examining 14 different topics dealing with child services, by far the most ambitious agenda among this year’s study committees.  It’s also one of the largest, comprised of 20 different people, including legislators, members of DCS and child advocates.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg named Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate.

Simpson has served in the state Senate since 1984 after spending time as Monroe County Auditor.  The Bloomington-area native briefly ran for governor in 2004 and again flirted with running last year.  A pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage Democrat, Simpson differs on key issues with John Gregg, but that’s something she says strengthens them.

Intoxicated minors will be free to seek medical attention for others who have drunk too much without fear of being charged for underage drinking under a new law signed by Governor Mitch Daniels Friday. 

The Indiana Lifeline Law provides immunity from charges of public intoxication and possession, consumption and transportation of alcohol by minors if those people are discovered to have been drinking only after medical attention is sought for someone who’s had too much to drink.

Indiana House District 13 Republican candidates

Apr 18, 2012

Redistricting last year changed many political boundaries within the state. Some were altered slightly, while others were drawn from scratch. One of those is Indiana House District 13.

WBAA’s Mike Loizzo profiles the two candidates running for the Republican nomination in that new district.