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Common Cause says process rather than result is the problem with council’s redistricting maps, and offers a citizen-drawn alternative

Julia Vaughn says Indianapolis City-County Council leaders did some things right when they drew a proposed new map of council districts. But that doesn’t make up for flaws in how the map was created. “I think, in some ways, they did good job,” said Vaughn, policy director of Common Cause Indiana. “There’s good things to […]

John Krull commentary: Of the people, by the people and for the people? Not even close

Perhaps it was just a quirk of fate that the Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments on a state law that would expand the power of ideological extremists just as the primary season was kicking into high gear. Then again, perhaps not. The question before the state’s high court involved Holcomb vs. the Indiana General Assembly. […]

House District 45 incumbent challenged by fellow lawmaker’s change of address

The race for a Statehouse seat in District 45 seemed like a clear win for the Republican incumbent. But after redistricting and an address change, the primary has become a fight between two current legislators. The redrawn House District 45 includes Greene, Sullivan, Daviess, Knox and Vigo counties. Incumbent Rep. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville, who is […]

Johnson County incumbent faces three Republican primary challengers

As primary voting opens in the state of Indiana, Rep. John Young (above), R-Franklin, faces three challengers on the Republican primary ballot in District 47, which includes the city of Franklin and Johnson and Shelby counties. No Democratic primary candidates have filed to run in the Republican-leaning district, although party officials will have the option […]

Five Democratic candidates take on Indy’s District 46 Senate seat

Five Democratic candidates are going up against each other to win the District 46 Senate nomination in Indianapolis. The candidates are: Kristin Jones, a member of the Indianapolis city-county council; Andrea Hunley, an Indianapolis school principal; Ashley Eason, a nonprofit executive; Karla Lopez-Owens, director of community outreach at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; and Bobby […]

With bipartisan support and in front of a small audience, council committee approves redistricting plan

The following report from Indianapolis Recorder writer Tyler Fenwick was first published in the Recorder, and is shared through The Indiana Citizen redistricting reporting project. If this was supposed to be the redistricting grand finale, the fireworks stand tipped over and the few people who cared to watch the show went home disappointed. An Indianapolis […]

Redistricting throws two northern Indiana incumbents into competition for primary

In northern Indiana, two incumbent legislators who have been redrawn into the same district will face off in the May primary.  Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen—a proponent of limited government and personal liberties—will be challenging Rep. Craig Snow of  Warsaw, a more mainstream, business-oriented Republican. Due to 2021 redistricting, the parameters of House District 22 will […]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Holcomb v. Indiana General Assembly

The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s fight against the Indiana General Assembly over the power to call special legislative sessions. Holcomb filed the lawsuit in April 2021 regarding House Enrolled Act 1123. Now the Indiana Supreme Court is deciding whether the General Assembly has the right to call a special session or […]

Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute Fiscal Notes, April 5, 2022: Inflation and Indiana’s finances

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced the latest Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index. The Fed’s preferred barometer for inflation policy hit a forty-year high, with a 6.4% annualized rate since last February that doesn’t fully capture the recent spike in gasoline prices. The impact of inflation on household budgets is obvious […]

John Krull commentary: Todd Rokita’s chestnut horse

The explanation Indiana Attorney Todd Rokita offered for settling his silly, silly lawsuit with conservative commentator and radio talk show host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz reveals what Rokita thinks about his voters. He believes they are gullible. Really. Really. Really. Gullible. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, the attorney general is betting that his backers can’t tell the difference […]