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Hoosier lore

Puffed up

Get 'em while they're still (relatively) cheap, smokers:

INDIANAPOLIS — Public health may bump up against politics as lawmakers step into a debate over doubling the state’s cigarette tax.

A sorry performance

Welcome to your new home, fellow Hoosier!

BOSTON (WISH/AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is coming to Terre Haute, Indiana, a judge ruled during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WPRI-TV reports.

Tsarnaev also spoke for the first time in the courtroom, apologizing to victims.

Gay in South Bend

As noted in an earlier post, this country has likely already had a gay president, or at least a bisexual one, in James Buchanan. Of course, that's back when sexuality wasn't even talked about, let alone celebrated. If anyone had known about Buchan's sexual nature, he wouldn't have gotten near the White House.

This is choice?

Startling news from the school choice front:

A Department of Education report indicates the cost of Indiana's private school voucher program jumped from $16 million to $40 million during the past school year.

The Indianapolis Star reports about 29,100 students received vouchers during the recently completed academic year, up from about 19,800 the year before.

[. . .]

Poll trouble

Ruh-roh:

There’s a new poll out that shows that the political problems created for Mike Pence by his handling of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act linger.

The poll shows that only 32 percent of Indiana voters believe that Pence deserves re-election. 54 percent believe it’s time to give a new person a chance to do a better job.

[. . .]

Yeah, affordable, right

If the government is going to make it costlier to hire people, then businesses are going to hire fewer people. Simple economics, right?

An Indiana businessman told lawmakers Wednesday he has purposely kept his companies small to avoid having the number of workers that would require him to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Go left or get left?

This is moderately amusing. Scrath that. It's borderline hilarious:

Public opinion is moving so quickly on gay marriage that even its supporters are struggling to keep up.

Gun hands

The 17th annual Indiana Conference of Mayors convened in Kokomo recently, and gun control was a hot topic:

Early Thursday morning the mayors moved into their first seminar, titled "Guns N’ Gov," which addressed the issue of armed citizens in public meetings and how to walk the line between public safety and constitutional rights.

Water, water

I forgot to mention this yesterday, but I noticed on Sunday that The Journal Gazette editorial page has jumped on the "poor Californians being whupped by climate change" bandwagon:

It’s tougher to pretend there’s no danger from climate change if you live in California, which is struggling under a historic drought. 

Ready for a little muppet action?

Is the world really ready for a revival of "The Muppets" that is "more adult"?

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