Government & Politics

Behind-the-scenes: Eye to eye with the Indiana House Chamber chandelier

BY: - November 24, 2022

Peek inside the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse and it’s impossible to miss the brightly-lit fixture crowning high overhead: a massive brass chandelier.  It contains no crystals and minimal flourish, but the chandelier —  hanging from the ceiling 25-feet above — is a sort of homage to lawmakers as they carry out Hoosiers’ business […]

pence

Mike Pence recalls RFRA, Capitol Insurrection during Indianapolis book talk

BY: - November 23, 2022

Former vice president Mike Pence praised his Hoosier roots and shared memories from his home state during a short talk at the Indiana Historical Society Tuesday evening. The previous Republican Indiana governor additionally recalled critical moments in his career, from serving as a representative in the United States Congress and later earning the top seat […]

transmission

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - November 23, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country.  In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]

Tax cuts, education dominate Organization Day

BY: and - November 22, 2022

Leaders of both Republican caucuses floated the idea of exploring continued tax cuts and education investments Tuesday during Organization Day, which marks the beginning of the 2023 legislative session.  The day includes swearing in newly elected legislators and formalizes the votes for leaders in the House and Senate chambers.  GOP Senate President Pro Tem Rodric […]

public health

Legislative leaders could trim governor’s public health request

BY: - November 22, 2022

Indiana’s top lawmakers on Monday indicated that Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Public Health recommendations — including additional health care spending of $243 million annually — will face a tough crowd in the General Assembly. They spoke at an Indiana Chamber of Commerce legislative preview, ahead of a January session that will include crafting the state’s […]

Morales taps transition team

BY: - November 21, 2022

Secretary of State-elect Diego Morales on Monday announced a 13-person transition team — co-chaired by a former state office holder — following his easy election night victory. A news release said the team will offer organizational and logistical support and includes individuals with decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. “I am […]

Indiana Chamber previews priorities for 2023 session

BY: - November 21, 2022

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Monday shared its list of priorities for the 2023 legislative session, focusing on concerns about talent retention and acquisition as well as child care and energy.  Lawmakers return Tuesday to be sworn in but the session begins in earnest in January. In particular, the chamber — representing thousands businesses […]

diego morales

Morales, next elections chief, faces vote fraud reports. Could legal action follow?

BY: - November 21, 2022

Diego Morales might have easily clinched the Secretary of State race, but his future is clouded by allegations of 2018 voting improprieties reminiscent of another Indiana elections chief convicted of voter fraud. Lawyers and election experts — including the special prosecutor who handled former Secretary of State Charlie White’s case in 2012 — expressed doubt […]

New Senate committee chairs reflect leadership changes

BY: - November 18, 2022

The new Senate committee chair assignments for the upcoming legislative session include seven new committee chairs in 2023, and reflect a bit of a shakeup after the Senate Republican caucus fractured during a special legislative session on abortion earlier this year. “I’ve long believed that some of the most important work in the legislature happens […]

doctors

Judge delays ruling on doctors’ request for emergency injunction against AG Rokita

BY: - November 18, 2022

Lawyers for two Indianapolis-based doctors maintained in court on Friday that they are being targeted by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, who they say is trying to use “frivolous consumer complaints” to gain access to patient medical records. Legal counsel for Rokita’s office pushed back, however, arguing that one of the doctors violated patient privacy […]

Holcomb to honor Pat Koch with Sachem Award

BY: - November 18, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb will honor community leader and originating partner of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Patricia (Pat) Koch with the 2022 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, at a Dec. 2 ceremony. The event will be conducted at Will Koch Family Auditorium at Heritage Hills High School. “Pat Koch is a Southern Indiana powerhouse […]

COMMENTARY

Study committees are study in pointlessness (and aren’t free)

BY: - November 18, 2022

A recent prosecutorial oversight committee could be the poster child for why Indiana doesn’t need Legislative Interim Study Committees. The group held one meeting. It lasted one hour. No member of the public testified. The group came up with no recommendations. And that isn’t an aberration. Unfortunately, it is a rarity when these committees actually […]