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Holcomb calls special session for July 6, hopes to return $1 billion to taxpayers

The Indiana General Assembly will meet for a special session called by Gov. Eric Holcomb beginning July 6. Holcomb announced the session on Wednesday and called for legislation that would increase the automatic tax refund to Hoosiers in response to rising inflation. “This is the fastest, fairest and most efficient way to return taxpayers’ hard-earned […]

Secretary of State Sullivan ousted from GOP ticket in convention vote

Incumbent Secretary of State Holli Sullivan was defeated Saturday afternoon in a vote by Indiana State Republican Party convention delegates who gave a majority to challenger Diego Morales on the second ballot. Sullivan, a former state representative who was appointed to the office in 2021 after the resignation of Connie Lawson, received 561 votes to […]

Board of Ed adds more civics for Indiana middle schoolers

The Indiana State Board of Education recently approved the creation of a middle-school civics class as well as updated standards for k-12 science and k-8 computer science. The civics class will be taught during the second semester of sixth grade, and certain geography standards from the grade—such as knowing and placing on a map the […]

John Krull commentary: Mitch Daniels and destiny’s call

Now that Mitch Daniels has decided to step down as president of Purdue University, the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 6 Select Committee has made clear that there’s a retirement project waiting for him. He can try to return his political party—the Republican Party—to sanity. He may be one of the few people who can. […]

Study addresses disparities of bail system, highlights concerns about new law

In America, you’re innocent until proven guilty. However, even if someone is not guilty, they may still have to stay in jail until their court date. By going to a bail bond organization for assistance, you’re assuring that you will show up to your court date or else the money or equity that someone put […]

Legislative study committees set the stage for next year’s session

Many are familiar with Indiana’s legislative session, during which bills are passed or killed—but fewer know what summer study committees are. They come about when the Legislative Council compiles a list of topics to be discussed, and people share information to help lawmakers make decisions on what bills they should write or vote on in […]

John Krull commentary: Indiana Supreme Court ends a tragic farce

The members of the Indiana Supreme Court did what they are supposed to do. They preserved the Indiana Constitution and, one hopes, put an end to foolishness for a time. The court ruled unanimously in favor of Gov. Eric Holcomb in his dispute with the Indiana General Assembly over an inane law designed to curtail […]

It’s been nearly a century since the KKK dominated Indiana, but Hoosiers see lasting effects

  In 1968, a 20-year-old Black woman was selling encyclopedias door to door in Martinsville. Carol Jenkins, a graduate of Rushville High School who dreamed of becoming a model in Chicago, was murdered by a white man. When Jenkins was killed, Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, was 10 years old. But the memory and fear caused by […]

Hoosier educators fear restrictive bills could return in 2023 session

During the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers among many others were hailed as “heroes” and “essential workers” due to their efforts spent learning new methods of communicating with students and offering help beyond the usual classroom experience. Now many teachers say it’s almost like the script has been flipped, and what was once heroic and noble is […]