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Holcomb defends abortion ban signing, rebuffs talent attraction fears

BY: - August 18, 2022

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday defended his signing of a near-total abortion ban this month and brushed off fears of business and talent attraction consequences in the wake of ominous statements from major homegrown employers. “I have yet to hear — and maybe we never will — some [companies] might just fly over the […]

Waltz, Keeler sentenced in straw donor scheme

BY: - August 18, 2022

A federal judge sentenced a former Indiana state senator and an Indianapolis casino executive  in separate hearings Wednesday following their straw donor scheme to illegally funnel donations to a failed congressional campaign and a Marion County Republican organization. Brent Waltz received 10 months in prison and a $40,500 fine, while John Keeler got a 2-month […]

FBI affidavit for Trump search warrant is closely guarded. Will it stay that way?

BY: - August 18, 2022

WASHINGTON (CN) — To have its agents execute a search warrant last week at Mar-a-Lago, the south Florida home of former President Donald Trump, the FBI had to lay out its case in a sworn affidavit to U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart. That document remains under seal and hotly sought after by both members of […]

12 candidates file for Second Congressional District vacancy

BY: - August 17, 2022

The deadline to file for the vacancy in the Second Congressional District lapsed Wednesday, with a dozen candidates announcing their intention to participate in Saturday’s caucus. Rep. Jackie Walorski, who previously represented the district, died earlier this month in a car crash. Because her death happened more than 74 days before the November election, Gov. […]

Indiana GOP announces major change in Senate majority leadership

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Indiana Senate announced a major leadership change Wednesday in the GOP-dominated chamber, although it’s not clear what prompted the switch. Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, named Sen. Chris Garten, R-Charlestown, as the new majority floor leader of the Senate’s majority caucus in a written announcement. Garten replaces Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, who […]

Indiana Sen. Mike Braun pushes for more spending on agriculture research, development

BY: - August 17, 2022

LEESBURG, Ind. — Indiana Sen. Mike Braun said increasing government spending on agriculture research should be a top priority for the federal government as lawmakers in Congress craft their ongoing response to food security issues. The Republican senator met with agricultural industry leaders, including from Bayer and Purdue University, during a panel talk on Tuesday […]

Advocates push Indiana legislature to counter rising medical debt

BY: - August 17, 2022

Roughly one in six Hoosiers have medical debt in collections — higher than the national average — and it jumps to one in four residents for Hoosiers of color.  In all, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that Hoosiers have $2.2 billion in outstanding debt. This means Indiana has the eleventh highest share of its […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

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Former staffers push Mitch Daniels to seek governor’s office

BY: - August 16, 2022

Staffers who worked under former governor Mitch Daniels filed with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office last week to create a political action committee urging Daniels to run for governor in 2024. Daniels led the state from 2005 until 2013 and announced his intention to retire as president of Purdue University at the end of […]

State Fire Marshal appointed

BY: - August 16, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday announced Brownsburg Fire Territory Fire Marshal Stephen Jones will serve as the Indiana state fire marshal. “Fire Marshal Jones brings 38 years of experience to the State of Indiana, and his expertise makes him the right person to lead our work in improving public safety for Hoosiers,” Holcomb said. “He […]

Moms trying to ban books claim First Amendment rights violated

BY: - August 16, 2022

A group of Georgia mothers has been trying to get certain library books banned by reading sexually graphic passages aloud at school board meetings. Now, after the board barred one of the mothers from attending, the group is claiming in a federal lawsuit that their First Amendment rights have been violated. In essence, members of the group, […]

House Republicans quiet post-abortion ban

BY: - August 16, 2022

There was no torrent of news releases from Indiana House Republicans after the late-night August 5 passage of the state’s new abortion restrictions, despite the hours of public testimony and debate that went into the legislation. While at least 17 of the Indiana Senate’s 39 Republicans released public comments day-of (44%), just two of the […]