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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Indiana Capital Chronicle is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

New dashboard highlights utility disconnections nationwide

By: - June 13, 2023

AES Indiana, one of the Indiana’s “big five” investor-owned utility companies, logged the state’s top residential disconnection rate in data from an Indiana University dashboard launched Friday. A dozen researchers with the university’s Energy Justice Lab and several others spent about two years creating the dashboard, which includes electricity and natural gas shut-off data for […]

U.S. Supreme Court affirms nursing home residents’ right to sue

By: - June 8, 2023

Nursing home residents can sue providers that accept Medicaid in federal court, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Thursday in an Indiana-born case with implications for millions of Americans. It was a stunning loss for Marion County’s Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC) — the state’s leading nursing home operator — and a surprise victory for patients, […]

Despite praise for Pence bid, analysts see difficult path to nomination

By: - June 8, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence rang in his 64th birthday Wednesday by launching his campaign for president — in a move his allies heralded as a return to “civility” in politics but that political analysts said was unlikely to win him the Republican nomination. “There’s a bigger public out there … and they’re sick of […]

Pence announces run for president

By: - June 7, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence made his presidential bid official early Wednesday in a video highlighted by optimism, even as it acknowledged the country’s economic, political and cultural turmoil. “Today, our country’s in a lot of trouble,” Pence said in the video, which went live at 5:30 a.m. As he spoke, images and headlines depicted […]

Pastor Micah Beckwith launches bid for lieutenant governor

By: - June 6, 2023

Conservative pastor and influencer Micah Beckwith on Monday announced a bid for Indiana’s second-highest post of lieutenant governor — unprecedented in a state where partisan delegates, not voters at large, choose the nominee. “During these turbulent times, the people of Indiana deserve a Lt. Governor who is more than a ceremonial appointment or yes person,” […]

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Special education ‘choice’ program accepting enrollments

By: - June 2, 2023

A program funding disabled child access to private schools and other specialized resources is open for enrollment through September 1, State Treasurer Daniel Elliott’s office announced Friday. “As school choice parents, my family knows firsthand the importance of being able [to] choose what’s best for your child’s educational experience,” Elliott said in a news release. […]

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Banks doesn’t log debt limit ‘no’ vote, despite vow

By: - June 1, 2023

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana failed to log a vote Wednesday night on a controversial debt limit compromise averting a national default, despite public promises that he would vote “no.” “To raise the debt limit $4 trillion dollars more, it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Banks told conservative radio host Tony Katz this […]

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Pence to launch presidential bid

By: - May 31, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to declare his presidential candidacy in Iowa next Wednesday, according to a source close to him, as growing numbers of GOP challengers throw their own hats in the ring. The former Indiana governor has been laying the groundwork for an announcement since at least 2021 — partnering with […]

Black lawmakers caucus to host town halls statewide

By: - May 30, 2023

Indiana’s 15-member Black Legislative Caucus will hold a six-part town hall series in municipalities across the state, the group announced Friday. It billed the events as opportunities for Hoosiers to learn more about legislation passed in the most recent session, which ended in April, and speak ahead of next year’s session. Caucus members plan stops […]

Gambling investigators hope changes aid in animal fighting crackdown

By: - May 29, 2023

Indiana’s gambling investigators regularly bust illegal animal fighting rings, but caring for the evidence — dozens or hundreds of dogs and chickens — as cases wind through the legal system is expensive and intensive. Regulators hope forthcoming legal changes will ease the strain for the groups that pitch in: specifying that bond should include the […]

Spanish now an option at BMV’s self-service kiosks

By: - May 25, 2023

Hoosiers can now register a vehicle, renew a license or more in Spanish at more than 50 self-service kiosks across the state, Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday. “The BMV continues to expand available services and we are excited to offer this option to Spanish-speaking Hoosiers,” Commissioner Joe Hoage said in a news release. […]

DNR law enforcement K-9 program hits 100 dog graduations

By: - May 25, 2023

The Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s law enforcement wing graduated seven canine-handler teams on Thursday, hitting 100 dog graduates across the K-9 conservation program’s 25-year history. Dogs pulled excitedly at their leashes as their handlers loped across the Statehouse’s South Lawn to collect a certificate, a handshake and a celebratory photograph. DNR officials outfitted the canine […]