Election 2024

Haley squeaks by on signatures but challenge could still come

BY: - February 7, 2024

Presidential candidate Nikki Haley narrowly qualified to appear on the Indiana Republican primary ballot in May after filing exactly 500 signatures in Marion County. To appear on the statewide ballot, candidates for U.S. President, governor and senator must submit 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine districts for a total of 4,500 signatures. But […]

Trump ‘did not engage in insurrection’ on Jan. 6, new U.S. House resolution claims

BY: - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — In a meandering press conference Tuesday that repeated false 2020 election fraud claims, downplayed well-documented violence and name-called journalists, far-right U.S. House members defended former President Donald Trump against any role he may have played in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and several co-sponsors […]

Crouch calls for FSSA audit following $1B shortfall, Medicaid changes

BY: - February 6, 2024

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch called for an independent, outside audit of the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) following a $1 billion Medicaid overspend that triggered a review of agency programs during a Tuesday press conference. After announcing the shortfall, FSSA identified $300 million in program cuts, one of the largest being an attendant care […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Self-funding prominent in campaign contributions for congressional candidates

BY: and - February 2, 2024

The millions are adding up in the race for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat, some from supportive citizens and some from electoral hopefuls' own pockets.

Conservative credentials take center stage in gubernatorial forum

BY: - January 26, 2024

The five major Republican candidates for governor tried to woo voters Thursday evening in a forum geared toward a conservative crowd in the wealthy and reliably Republican Carmel.  Questions from First Principles ranged from emergency powers and health care to economic development and education for the candidates, which included: U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, former Secretary […]

Republican gubernatorial candidates line up behind Trump

BY: - January 24, 2024

Nearly all major Republican candidates for governor enthusiastically back former President Donald Trump in his bid for a second term with one exception — former Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, who hasn’t indicated a preference. On Tuesday night, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch formally endorsed Trump following his victory in the New Hampshire primary, which she […]

COMMENTARY

Indiana’s congressional delegation is getting a much-needed shakeup

BY: - January 23, 2024

Representative government in Indiana will look drastically different next year. Or will it? Four of the state’s nine U.S. House members from Indiana will not seek reelection this year. Districts currently represented by Reps. Larry Bucshon, Jim Banks, Greg Pence, and Victoria Spartz will all get new House members next year. The question is: How […]

Banks, Rust spar over residency as primary battle for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat continues

BY: - January 22, 2024

Where does U.S. Senate candidate John Rust actually live? That’s the latest question lobbed by his challenger, GOP favorite U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, as the race for Indiana’s open seat heats up. In a campaign ad released last month — and in new statements made this week — Banks called out Rust for “lying” about his […]

Another Democrat announces for attorney general

BY: - January 18, 2024

Beth White, a former elected official and longtime attorney, announced Thursday she is running for the Democratic nomination for Indiana Attorney General. “Hoosiers deserve an Attorney General who will focus on protecting their rights, rather than trying to take them away,” said White, who has been an attorney for more than 30 years. “My entire career has […]

Indiana GOP gubernatorial hopeful highlights tech, career training in education policy plan

BY: - January 18, 2024

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Chambers maintains that Indiana’s current education system is not producing enough “well-educated Hoosiers.”  His education policy plan, released Thursday, seeks to “rethink and redesign every aspect” of how the state teaches students. That includes proposals to expand career learning opportunities to middle schoolers and better integrate digital technology in K-12 curricula. […]

Election security bill with citizenship, credit agency data provisions moves to House floor

BY: - January 18, 2024

A House elections committee on Wednesday approved a hotly debated bill some said would ensure election security while others feared it would disenfranchise some eligible voters and rely on potentially inaccurate data. The committee also passed legislation limiting school levy referenda to general election years. Indiana Clerks Association President Nicole Brown said bipartisan discussions between […]