Republicans seek balance of rhetoric on federalism

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Indiana's political leaders have been talking extensively about their problems with Washington, but they often find themselves seeking compromises in order to ensure federal dollars continue flowing to the state.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said last week that federalism was at the center of his drive to call the first constitutional convention since 1787.

And Republican Gov. Mike Pence told conservative lawyers that decentralizing power was one of Ronald Reagan's unfinished legacies.

But the two are now struggling with a pair of issues with federal money.

Long says the state's No Child Left Behind waiver must be maintained to maintain flexibility with federal money. Meanwhile, Pence critics have said he is bowing to the federal government over expanding health care coverage.

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