Pinpointing governor's influence a tough task


When Gov. Mike Pence signed the new preschool plan into law, he did so with exuberant praise for the state's lawmakers.

Perhaps more than any other of the governor's priorities this year, it was the preschool plan that faced the sharpest opposition from some lawmakers. And it was a bipartisan group that shepherded the measure to law this year.

The 2014 meeting of the General Assembly was hardly an outright victory for Pence. He won on some issues, but lost on others.

The preschool battle ended up being quite a slog, despite strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Moving forward, the question of Pence's influence will remain important as his supporters continue floating his name for a potential White House run.

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