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Tweets of the Week: March Madness, House of Cards & More

Says @PowellDan, “I’m ready for the summer vortex!” And @magtastic adds, “Maybe a little premature for tanks and short shorts, ladies.”

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Indiana Sen. Dan Coats Tweets Hilariously About Being Banned from Russia

While many political leaders and elected officials have Twitter accounts voiced by staffers—de facto mouthpieces for the digital age—Coats set his feed apart on that medium.

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Rev. Charles Harrison's Crime-Fighting Coalition Is in the Line of Fire

“I feel like we are doing this by ourselves and fighting a losing battle,” says Rev. Charles Harrison.

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A Rider's Take on Expanding Indy's Public-Transit System

Mike Terry, IndyGo president and CEO, claims that the benefits of expanding our public-transportation system would justify the cost. “This is about economic development, not social services.”

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Hot-Button Issues: Battle in the 'Burbs

“I think Jim Brainard has done some great things for this city, but I do think it’s time for a different skill set,” says Carmel city councillor Rick Sharp. Sounds like a campaign message.

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Indiana Gay-Marriage Ban Is a No-Go in 2014

A question remains: Is Freedom Indiana here to stay? “What I am willing to say is that we are certainly in a good position with HJR-3,” says campaign manager Megan Robertson. “Hopefully this is the last we hear of it, but if it’s not, then we will be back to fight it.”

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New Group of Young Hoosiers Supports HJR-3

“We came together to show the legislature that there are young people who believe in traditional marriage,” says Chris Knight, a student. “Other groups like Freedom Indiana have tried to push to the media that young people are on their side.”

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Hot-Button Issues: Affordable Care Attack

In Indiana, the fight against Obamacare still has a pulse.

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State Senator: Younger Generation Doesn't See Need for HJR-3

“We either have to look to the past or to the future,” Sen. Lanane says. “I just don’t think that this is a proposal that the younger generation sees as a need. If we are thinking in terms of what is best for the future of our state, we won’t do this.”

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NCAA Announces Opposition to HJR-3

The news came on the cleated heels of a disclosure by Michael Sam, a college football star, about his sexuality.

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Hot-Button Issues: Chorus of Booze

Only one state prohibits the retail sale of packaged alcoholic beverages on Sunday while also allowing it to be served at bars, restaurants, and events. Spoiler alert: It’s us.

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Hot-Button Issues: Ritz vs. Board of Education

Upon being sworn in last January, Indiana educator-in-chief Glenda Ritz braced for a fight. Who could blame her?

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Hot-Button Issues: Cop Out

Councillor John Barth proposed a bipartisan study to help determine how many officers Indy really requires, so the Council can work on a long-term plan. “We need to take politics out of policing,” he says.

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HJR-3 Passes House After Removal of Messy Language

Those who wish to see the already-standing definition of marriage added to the Indiana Constitution seem to know that it might be now or never.

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Hot-Button Issues: Under the Bus

Since boosters first kicked the tires on the idea of upgrading public transportation in 2008, efforts to get the General Assembly to approve a funding referendum have proceeded in starts and stops.

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