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Editorials

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    If the first feedback from their Hoosier Healthcare Tour is any indication, congressman Larry Bucshon and state Rep. Tim Brown aren’t likely to change their views on the Affordable Care Act.
  • Lots of smoke but little fire to reduce Indiana’s smoking habit
    State officials are appealing a $63 million reduction in Indiana’s share of tobacco master settlement payments. But even without the penalty, Indiana’s tobacco prevention and cessation efforts are sputtering.
  • State continues its struggle with tax-burden balance
    If you’re mailing a check to the Indiana Department of Revenue today, you might already have pondered the disconnect between how much you’re paying in state and local taxes and the tax-cut boasting you hear from state officials.
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Weekly scorecard

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Winners

Dwayne Sawyer: Brownsburg Town Council president is tapped by Gov. Mike Pence to serve as auditor, the first African-American Republican to fill a statewide post.

Fort Wayne: Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal ranks the city as the seventh-best minor league market in the country.

Tossups

David Lott Hardy: Judge dismisses felony charges filed against the former Indiana utility regulator but calls Hardy’s conduct “reprehensible” and says the dismissal is based on a flaw in state law.

Losers

Chris Christie: New Jersey governor calls for a special election to fill the seat of the recently deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The Oct. 16 election is just three weeks before the general election and will cost taxpayers an extra $12 million. Critics think the Republican guv, facing re-election, was scared of being on the same ballot as the popular Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker.

Bob Filner: San Diego mayor, accused by at least 14 women, leaves an intensive inpatient sexual harassment therapy program a week early only to find that more than 72 percent of San Diego residents want the Democrat to resign. And, according to a sign posted at a San Diego Hooters, he is banned from the local franchise, best known for its buxom wait staff.

Jesse Jackson Jr.: Former Democratic congressman is sentenced to 30 months in prison for misappropriating campaign funds; his wife will serve a year.

Muncie schools: Facing declining enrollment and funding, school board considers options that include closing Southside High School. Central High would remain as the district’s only grade 9-12 building.

Milestones

Jack Germond: Former Baltimore Sun columnist and “McLaughlin Group” alum just completed his first novel. He died Wednesday at 85.

Northeast blackout: Ten years after a downed tree in Cleveland tripped a massive blackout in eight northeast states and Canada, sensors have been installed in U.S. power grid to avoid a repeat.

Steinway: Hedge fund billionaire John A. Paulson buys famed piano maker for $513 million. He said he loves the pianos.

Olinguito: Furry member of the raccoon family is the first new species of carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.

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