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John Krull commentary: A system that rewards fights and punishes solutions

June 16, 2021 Gerrymandering is the problem that prevents us from solving just about every other problem. The fact that we have set up a system of electing to the legislative branch unreasoning and unrelenting partisans who feel accountable only to people who think exactly the way they do warps every part of government. It […]

Campus politics and Purdue’s new civics graduation requirement

On June 11, 2021, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved a new civics education requirement effective with the incoming freshman class. In our continuing mission to report on the civic health of our state, The Indiana Citizen is publishing the following report from contributing writer Dave Bangert, first published in his Substack newsletter, Based […]

Erica Irish of TheStatehouseFile.com named SPJ’s Indiana Student Journalist of the Year

She might have come from a small college, but Erica Irish has big plans ahead of her. On Monday, Irish was announced as the Indiana Student Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Anyone who knows the 2021 Franklin College graduate speaks about the passion she has for what […]

THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED: A decade after Indiana’s 2011 redistricting, those on the inside still aren’t talking.

Continuing our coverage of this year’s redistricting process, the following report was written by veteran journalists Janet Williams and Bill Theobald for The Indiana Citizen. June 14, 2021 *** Jeb Bardon knew it was over for Democrats in Indiana a decade ago, as soon as he saw the new maps. Drafted behind closed doors by a small group of […]

Indiana faith leaders discuss the importance of redistricting

The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting met Monday to talk with Indiana faith leaders about ways to connect the faith community with the issue. Common Cause Indiana co-sponsored the virtual webinar along with several other groups from the All IN for Democracy Coalition. Bryce Gustafason (above) with Citizens Action Coalition started the webinar by introducing […]

Republican lawmakers concerned about IU requiring COVID vaccination

Attorney General Todd Rokita is concerned with the legality of Indiana University’s newly announced vaccination policy, and he is joined by a group of Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly. Nineteen signed a letter urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to stop universities from requiring students and staff to be vaccinated. Indiana University announced May 21 it […]

Another volley of court filings in Holcomb-Rokita dispute over lawsuit

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Attorney General Todd Rokita (above) continued this week to release conflicting press statements and file court documents in their dispute over the constitutionality of the House Enrolled Act 1123 lawsuit. In April, Holcomb vetoed the bill that would limit his powers during a state of emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after […]

John Krull commentary: Trey Hollingsworth has a moment

Life is full of surprises—and some of them are pleasant ones. We Hoosiers received one of the good surprises a few days ago when we discovered that U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Indiana, has both a conscience and a spine. Hollingsworth was one of 35 Republican members of the House to defy the order from Minority […]

Legislative leaders offer little in response to redistricting recommendations

This week, legislators were given an eight-page report from the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, based on testimony gathered during 10 virtual public hearings that drew about 900 participants across the state. But by Friday, most of the legislative leaders contacted by TheStatehouseFile.com did not comment on the report, which offers suggestions for the Indiana General Assembly as it prepares […]

John Krull commentary: Todd Rokita continues Indiana’s attorney general tradition

There must be something about the office of Indiana attorney general that attracts people who are, as my late grandfather used to say, “half a bubble off of plumb.” Back in the 1970s, the office was occupied by a martinet named Ted Sendak, who famously demanded that everyone call him “General.” He searched for communists […]

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