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.

Senate Republicans tout own inflation relief proposal over Governor’s refund

By: - July 21, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed an alternative form of inflation relief for Hoosiers, bucking Gov. Eric Holcomb’s request to send $1 billion back to Hoosiers in the form of $225 checks. “We believe this is the best way to provide relief for all Hoosiers and keep the money in the state of Indiana,” […]

Tort claim filed against Rokita

By: - July 19, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney representing the doctor who oversaw the abortion procedure of a 10-year-old rape victim filed a tort claim notice Tuesday against Attorney General Todd Rokita — the first step in the process of filing a defamation lawsuit. “Mr. Rokita’s false and misleading statements about alleged misconduct by Dr. (Caitlin) Bernard in her […]

AG Rokita receives ‘cease and desist’ from doctor in 10-year-old’s abortion

By: and - July 15, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney representing an Indianapolis doctor has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Attorney General Todd Rokita advising him to stop making false and misleading statements about the doctor who oversaw a medication abortion for a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio. Rokita publicly announced he would investigate Dr. Caitlin Bernard, accusing her of not […]

Indiana’s surplus hits $6.1 billion – bringing choices with it

By: - July 15, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – State Auditor Tera Klutz announced Friday Indiana will end its fiscal year with a staggering $6 billion surplus after collecting $1.24 billion more than forecasted in the last year.  “Indiana’s historic $6.1 billion reserve balance gives legislators the flexibility to look at the statewide funding model as well as provide Indiana residents with […]

Indiana ponders electric vehicle charger networks

By: - July 15, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – State officials and private partners laid out first steps Wednesday evening for creating a statewide network of reliable electric vehicle chargers using federal funding. It is part of a nationwide push to add at least 50,000 chargers for electric vehicles. Indiana will receive almost $100 million in federal funding with an explicit push […]

Ethics Commission rules on IDDC ‘ghost employment’

By: - July 15, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Ethics Commission on Thursday ruled in favor of the Indiana Destination Development Corporation – overcoming a hurdle inadvertently created by the General Assembly regarding ghost employment. The corporation, tasked with attracting businesses and visitors to the state, gets support from the Indiana Destination Development Foundation, a non-profit that fundraises for the […]

Spartz trades barbs over Ukrainian official

By: - July 13, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Congresswoman Victoria Spartz, R-5th, continues to trade barbs online following her repeated calls for the removal of a top Ukrainian aide related to his actions in the Russian invasion of her home country. Spartz, the only Ukrainian-born representative to serve in Congress, released several statements calling for Andriy Yermak, the chief of […]

emergency medicine

Indiana’s EMS falls short in covering rural areas

By: - July 12, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Emergency Medical Services in Indiana often rely on volunteers and don’t have dedicated funding streams to pay for training or ambulances – but those efforts may not be enough to sustain the industry anymore. In 2018, 4,900 paramedics and 14,000 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) responded to approximately 750,000 ambulance runs. By 2021, the […]

IDOH hosts Black and minority health fair

By: - July 11, 2022

The Indiana Department of Health will host the Black and minority health fair July 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center with the theme ‘Commit to be Fit!’ The event will include immunizations and physicals for schoolchildren, and free health screenings. “The health fair has been a main touchpoint for many people seeking annual screenings for […]

Despite forewarning, GOP lawmakers unprepared to roll out ‘pro-life’ legislation

By: - July 11, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Dozens of Republicans who back pro-life issues refused to comment on a possible Indiana abortion ban, leaving a key Right to Life attorney’s proposal as the primary discussion point in the Indiana General Assembly. That recommendation from the National Right to Life Committee would ban abortion with no exceptions for rape and incest; […]

Democrat, Libertarian challenge incumbent State Auditor Klutz

By: - July 7, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Incumbent State Auditor Tera Klutz will face both democrat and libertarian opposition this year in her bid for re-election. Klutz, a Republican, first won election in 2018 after Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed her in 2017. She filled a vacancy created after former Gov. Mike Pence became vice president, pulling Holcomb from lieutenant governor to […]

State of Indiana snatching up property; some Boone County residents push back

By: - July 7, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation continues to purchase property in Boone County as part of a $164 million investment approved last week by the State Budget Committee.  But not every landowner in Boone County seems interested in the state’s offer to buy.  Near Lebanon, the proposed innovation district sits just off of I-65 […]