Advisory - The Statehouse File for Feb. 6

Monday, February 6, 2012

The first is about the raw milk bill being sent to a study committee:

INDIANAPOLIS -- By Lesley Weidenbener
The Statehouse File
INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that would have permitted the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk in Indiana has died but advocates say they hope to send the controversial measure to a summer committee for additional study.
The proposal – which would have made Indiana the 26th state to allow the sale of raw milk – had been amended into a bill on the Senate floor.
That meant the proposal did not receive a typical committee hearing, in which the public is permitted to testify on the legislation, said Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, a key supporter of the legislation.
“We had a lot of emails and feedback on the issue,” Banks said. “So instead of pushing the bill, we decided to give it a full debate” in a study committee.


The second is about Mike Pence officially filing his papers for governor:


INDIANAPOLIS -- By Megan Banta
The Statehouse File
INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., filed signatures Monday with the Indiana Election Division, making his candidacy for governor official.
Pence filed more than 13,000 petition signatures from all 92 counties, securing his place on the ballot for the Republican primary on May 8.
Pence said the filing showed “that across the entire state Hoosiers have embraced our candidacy for governor.”
He said he has been campaigning since May 5, when he announced his intent to run for governor, with a message about creating “good jobs, great schools, safe streets and strong families.”
“We’ve been hard at it,” Pence said. “We’re determined to carry that message to the four corners of the state.” Pence said he intends to visit all 92 Indiana counties before the primary.


The third is my column on Charlie White:


The man most desperate for the job

By: By John Krull, The Statehouse File
2012-02-06 05:08 pm EDT

The Statehouse File

INDIANAPOLIS – So, the sometimes silly, often senseless and always sad story of Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s struggle to hold onto his office seems to be near an end.
In the wee hours of the Saturday morning before the Super Bowl, a jury in Hamilton County found White, a Republican, guilty on three counts of voter fraud, two of perjury and one of theft. Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed White’s chief deputy, Jerry Bonnet, to serve as secretary of state on a temporary basis.
Figuring out who will be White’s replacement will take some more time and won’t be decided by Daniels alone.
Separate litigation driven by Indiana Democrats is working its way toward the Indiana Supreme Court. In that suit, Democrats argue that White legally could not be on the ballot and that his Democratic opponent, Vop Osili, should be installed as secretary of state, despite the fact that he lost the election in a landslide.
Those legal questions will be answered after a lot more legal wrangling. At the end, the only clear winners likely will be the lawyers who have racked up a massive number of billable hours.
The answer to the most profound question – how did we get here? – won’t come from a court. The answer to that one tells us an awful lot about what’s wrong with our political process.

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Here are three stories on ebyline from the Franklin College Statehouse bureau.  They can be found here: