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Teachers once again gathered at the Statehouse, following up on their Red for Ed rally in November. The Indiana Coalition for Public Education demanded action from legislators.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at his top Democratic presidential rivals while taking his fight to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa and the crucial battleground state of Michigan.

With Democrats set to hold their nominating battle Monday, Trump slammed former Vice President Joe Biden for his small campaign crowds, mocked Bernie Sanders as “Crazy Bernie” and accused Pete Buttigieg of having an unpronounceable last name.

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Marijuana advocates gathered outside the Statehouse Monday in support of several bills. Lawmakers who spoke at the rally say they don’t expect legalization this year, but they’re making steps forward. 

Outside the Statehouse, advocates asked lawmakers – specifically Gov. Eric Holcomb – to reconsider their position on medical or recreational marijuana.

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) has introduced cannabis legislation for the past 10 years.

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Some of President Donald Trump's staunchest GOP allies say he should apologize for attacking the late Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan.

On Wednesday night as the Democratic-led House impeached him, Trump said from a rally in Michigan that the World War II veteran Dingell might be “looking up” from hell.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says the president should apologize.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Dingell had served the country well.

The White House says Trump was “”just riffing."

Trump Announces Dec. 18 Reelection Rally In Michigan

Dec 6, 2019
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump will campaign for reelection in Michigan a week before Christmas. His campaign announced Thursday that he will host a “Merry Christmas” rally on Dec. 18 in Battle Creek.

The evening event will be held at the Kellogg Arena.

Trump's announcement came a day after Vice President Mike Pence visited three cities in western Michigan.

Pence vowed that he and Trump would be in Michigan “again and again and again." Trump last visited Michigan in March, when he held a rally in Grand Rapids.

Complications In School Funding Claims Amid Indiana Protest

Nov 23, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Indiana Republicans touted "record investment" in school spending and big teacher pay raises by some school districts in defending themselves as thousands of teachers turned out for a Statehouse rally this past week calling for a bigger boost in education funding.

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It’s a Tuesday morning, just before 7. It’s still dark outside and a group of more than 20 teachers from Bedford, just south of Bloomington, are getting on a school bus. They’re going to the Statehouse. 

Anna Wall is sitting toward the front of the bus in a thick red hat. She’s an elementary school special education teacher. She’s talking with some of the other teachers about different shades of red they have on and what today means for them. 

“This isn't something I go to, I don’t go to state rallies. I mean, I'd rather be in the classroom,” Wall says. 

UPDATE: Red For Ed Is A Wrap - Here's A Look Back

Nov 19, 2019
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(NEW: WVPE's Jennifer Weingart filed this update as she boarded a bus in Indianapolis following the Red for Ed rally.)

Hundreds Rally For Abortion Rights At Statehouse

May 21, 2019
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Hundreds rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday as part of a coordinated effort to protest anti-abortion laws nationwide.

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  The Nuns on a Bus tour made a stop in South Bend this afternoon. They’re a group of Catholic sisters that travel the country holding rallies about social justice issues.

This tour the nuns are focusing on income inequality and the recent tax law changes.

Sister Mary Ellen Lacy is one of the nuns.

“As Catholic Sisters it’s offensive to us when we see legislation that creates an economy of exclusion or inequality because as our Pope tells us such an economy kills and it violates our sacred vow to uphold all life.”