Whitney Downard

Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.

Supreme Court weighs jurisdiction of juvenile gun case

By: - September 23, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the case of a young boy who admitted to dangerous possession of a firearm shortly before the jurisdiction of such offenses was upended by the same court. “It’s not whether you can ever prosecute it, it’s where you can,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said.  The 14-year-old defendant, […]

Legislators hear testimony for, against legalizing marijuana

By: - September 21, 2022

Lawmakers considered the advantages and shortcomings of legalizing certain cannabinoids Tuesday, potentially as a precursor to legalizing the plant itself for recreational use. But the research offered frequently conflicted and the committee abruptly ended, with discussion expected to continue next month. Over the course of four hours, committee members from the interim health committee heard […]

More female voters ready to cast a ballot in November

By: - September 20, 2022

More female than male Hoosiers registered to vote or updated their voting information in Indiana following the leak of the Dobbs’ decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in May.  The trend mirrors a national surge of women registering to vote after learning about the ruling that would overturn abortion access to millions of women, including […]

Morales campaign mum on candidate’s military service records

By: - September 19, 2022

Republican candidate for Secretary of State Diego Morales isn’t responding to questions surrounding his military service with the Indiana National Guard, even as confusion mounts over his records. Last week, IndyStar columnist James Briggs and Politico correspondent Adam Wren released Morales’ discharge forms which indicated that Morales didn’t fulfill his eight-year commitment. The Morales campaign […]

Indiana governor defends state’s abortion law as legal challenge against the ban heats up

By: and - September 16, 2022

Indiana’s Republican governor continued to defend the state’s near-total abortion ban after the new abortion law took effect on Thursday, saying he’s not concerned about possible economic repercussions or impacts on the state’s ability to retain and attract skilled workers. The Hoosier state is the first in the nation to approve abortion-restricting legislation since the […]

Holcomb appoints Veleta to IURC

By: - September 15, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed David E. Veleta to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) left by the resignation of David Ober on June 21, 2022. Veleta’s term will end January 31, 2024. “David is well-respected in the utility industry, by the IURC Commissioners and staff members,” said Holcomb in a release. […]

All the information Hoosiers need to participate in democracy

By: and - September 15, 2022

Our newsroom doesn’t take democracy for granted, and we hope you don’t either. This story is part of a collaboration called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms nationwide are drawing attention to threats to democracy. We hope it reminds us all to value our democracy and work to protect it. Below, learn about the mechanics of […]

Holcomb names Foley Indiana Court of Appeals judge

By: - September 14, 2022

Morgan County Judge Peter Foley will succeed Edward W. Najam, Jr. as a judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s appointment Thursday. Najam upcoming retirement and the appointment of his successor had implications in the search for a judge to hear the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana lawsuit against the […]

Judy responds to alleged Oath Keeper connection

By: - September 14, 2022

Rep. Chris Judy, R-Fort Wayne, responded publicly after a national organization tied him to a far-right group whose leaders are facing federal charges for their role in the January 6 insurrection. Late last week the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism identified thousands of people allegedly affiliated with the Oath Keepers, an anti-government militia group, including […]

Caught in the crosshairs of controversy

By: - September 13, 2022

LaGrange Republican Sen. Sue Glick, author of the state’s near-total abortion ban, felt the spotlight of the nation’s attention as lawmakers sparred in the summer special session – but she wasn’t the first Hoosier lawmaker to court controversy. Whether abortion access, Indiana’s decision to lease its toll road or the battle over “Right to Work,” […]

Settlement for ‘deceptive emails’ sent to public employees

By: - September 12, 2022

A Nevada-based company must stop soliciting Indiana public employees after allegedly sending deceptive emails offering financial consultations that actually attempted to sell additional products from a third party. Due to similar names, state employees may have believed that the emails came from a state-approved vendor. Attorney General Todd Rokita alleged that PERA LLC sent more […]

Indiana Grown names new director

By: - September 12, 2022

Caroline Patrick will serve as the new director of Indiana Grown, promoting locally produced food from Hoosier farmers to consumers under the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). Though Indiana has over 57,500 farms and spends $16 billion annually on food, less than 10% of that food comes from within the state. Patrick will connect […]