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Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission announces schedule of public hearings

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan citizens group formed to advise and offer an alternative to the upcoming redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines by the Indiana General Assembly, has announced a schedule of virtual public hearings to discuss the issue statewide. According to a news release from the commission, the public meetings […]

Buttigieg confirmed as transportation secretary

Hoosier Pete Buttigieg has been confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation, becoming the first openly gay person to hold a cabinet-level position in the national government. Formerly the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg has put Indiana in the spotlight since running as a Democratic candidate for president in the 2020 election. The […]

Young joins COVID relief talks with White House

Senate Republicans and newly inaugurated President Joe Biden are stepping into negotiations around a new COVID-19 relief package for Americans after the deadliest month for the virus to date. While hospitalizations are down and vaccines are being rolled out nationwide, 95,000 Americans died from COVID-19 in January alone. More than 440,000 people have died because […]

House committee votes down no-excuse absentee voting amendment

A House committee on Monday voted down an attempt to amend an omnibus elections bill to allow no-excuse absentee voting in Indiana. The amendment, proposed by Rep. Tonya Pfaff, D-Terre Haute, would have allowed Indiana to join other states that allow vote-by-mail, also known as no-excuse absentee voting. After urging by the chairs of the […]

Senate passes COVID lawsuit immunity amid debate

Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, told his fellow Senators Thursday that businesses need protection from COVID-19 lawsuits to ensure they can continue to serve their communities and protect jobs.  “This bill does carefully balance the rights of employees to a safe workplace and protecting employers large and small from being put out of business by going […]

Buttigieg campaign manager announces bid for state party chair

Importantville, Adam Wren’s newsletter on the intersection of politics, business, and power in Indiana, appears weekly in The Indiana Citizen. *** Mike Schmuhl—the South Bend operative who ran the most well-funded political campaign in Indiana history for his childhood friend Pete Buttigieg— announced a bid for Indiana Democratic Party chair on Wednesday. “We are at […]

Previewing Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing & Young’s bipartisan moves

, Adam Wren’s newsletter on the intersection of politics, business, and power in Indiana, appears weekly in The Indiana Citizen. *** Transportation Secretary-designate Pete Buttigieg will appear before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Thursday at 10 a.m. for his confirmation hearing, the next step on his glide path to become the […]

Bill targeting unemployment fraud draws debate

As thousands of new Hoosiers made unemployment claims when COVID-19 led to mass layoffs, suspicions of fraud also increased—and in some cases triggered long wait times for people who desperately needed help.  That’s why Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, said in a meeting of the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday he’s submitting a bill […]

A very basic primer on Indiana campaign finance

To accompany The Indiana Citizen’s reporting on campaign finance, the following is a brief summary written by retired lawyer Bill Moreau, co-founder and president of the Indiana Citizen Education Foundation and publisher of The Indiana Citizen. *** When you read information about political contributions governed exclusively by Indiana law, you will see some very large […]

Our officeholder directory: Your guide to Indiana’s elected officials

For as momentous as the presidential election of 2020 became, the top of the ballot was only the beginning of the story. In Indiana’s congressional delegation, two of the nine seats changed hands. And in the Indiana General Assembly, a total of 16 — more than 10 percent of the entire legislature, along with the […]