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Niki Kelly

Niki Kelly

Niki has covered the Indiana Statehouse since 1999 – including five governors. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Hoosier State Press Association for stories on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, criminal justice issues and more. She also is a regular on Indiana Week in Review, a weekly public television rundown of news. She shifts her career to helm a staff of three and ensure Hoosiers know what’s really happening on the state level.

Madison County prosecutor considering challenge to Attorney General Todd Rokita

By: - February 28, 2024

Attorney Todd Rokita may have a GOP challenger at the Indiana Republican Party’s state convention in June. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings is exploring a possible bid. He recently sent a letter to county party officials about his interest. More than 1,000 Republican delegates would decide who wins. “My concern is the current attorney general may […]

COMMENTARY

Control is the Republican anthem at the Statehouse

By: - February 23, 2024

This might age me, but one of my favorite songs from childhood was Janet Jackson’s “Control.” And I think the Republican supermajorities running the Indiana General Assembly could use it as their anthem: “I’m in control, never gonna stop Control, to get what I want Control, I like to have a lot Control, now I’m […]

Hoosier Lottery to buy downtown building

By: - February 21, 2024

The State Lottery Commission of Indiana formalized a resolution Tuesday to pay $9.1 million for a downtown Indianapolis building in which it currently operates. The Hoosier Lottery has leased two floors of the building at 1302 N. Meridian Street since 2011. “The property was designed to accommodate the needs of the Commission when the Commission […]

Controversial seat belt language heads to governor

By: - February 19, 2024

Juries hearing civil lawsuits related to car accidents would get to hear whether the victim was wearing a seat belt and use the information to reduce damages under a bill passed 36-13 by the Senate on Monday. House Bill 1090 now heads to the governor for his review and signature. The language is part of […]

Attorney General discipline targeted in amendment

By: - February 19, 2024

The Senate Elections Committee on Monday added an amendment to a bill that could block some Hoosiers from running for Attorney General. The amendment to House Bill 1265 would add a qualification to run for attorney general, saying the person can’t have been disbarred or suspended without automatic reinstatement within one year of the election. […]

First gubernatorial straw poll win goes to Crouch

By: - February 18, 2024

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch won a Sixth Congressional District straw poll Saturday, and former Attorney General Curtis Hill came in second. But only 47 precinct committee people from all 11 counties of the district voted in the event on a snowy Saturday morning. Gubernatorial candidates spoke forum-style and with opening and closing statements. There also […]

Indiana National Guard Texas deployment to cost $7 million

By: and - February 16, 2024

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana's deployment on Feb. 9, after a “recent direct request” from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

COMMENTARY

Veterans bills among the many passing with universal support

By: - February 16, 2024

People are often surprised when I tell them that vast majority of bills that pass the Indiana General Assembly have overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats. The first half of session showed just that. In the House, 446 bills were introduced and 112 passed; 97% of bills received bipartisan support and 55% received unanimous […]

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Hoosiers want property tax relief, but that is the hardest for lawmakers to give

By: - February 9, 2024

Indiana legislators have been toying with a significant state tax overhaul for more than a year, even assigning a task force to review the options and present ideas for the 2025 session. GOP leaders have an eye specifically on possibly eliminating the individual income tax. But Hoosiers want them to focus on property taxes, and […]

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Ballot initiative amendment defeat expected but still disappointing

By: - February 2, 2024

I knew the amendment would fail before Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, even began speaking. That’s how it works with Democrat amendments in a chamber where Republicans have a supermajority. But I was interested in the debate on whether Indiana should consider allowing citizens to initiate a statewide ballot question, whether for a law or constitutional […]

Senate passes IEDC land notification bill as water regulation attempts die

By: and - February 2, 2024

Indiana's Senate on Thursday approved a bill forcing the state's shadowy economic development entity to disclose large land buys. It was a slap on the wrist for the Indiana Economic Development Corp., whose land, water and incentive plans have generated increasing skepticism and scrutiny.

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Holcomb postpones remote testimony requirement

By: - January 29, 2024

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday issued an executive order postponing new technology requirements for public meetings or hearings on proposed executive branch rules. The Indiana General Assembly last year required that all such hearings should be webcast on the state website. But it went further to say the technology must allow Hoosiers to attend and […]