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Erica Irish of 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 […]

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 […]

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 did not comment on the report, which offers suggestions for the Indiana General Assembly as it prepares […]

Do: Encourage competitiveness. Don’t: Divide communities. Citizens panel releases redistricting recommendations

Indiana’s new congressional and legislative districts could improve on its current ones in two significant ways — by sacrificing compactness for competitiveness and by uniting rather than dividing cities, counties and other communities of interest, a citizens group urged state legislative leaders on Wednesday. The eight-page report from the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, released in […]

“You have to look at things in the long run:” Staying optimistic while working in the superminority

Rep. Sue Errington (above), D-Muncie, did not have a good session. Her elements of rape bill died in a Senate committee. Her marijuana reform bill didn’t pass the House. Neither did her land banks bill. Her sex education bill didn’t even get a hearing. Nonetheless, she summed up the 2021 session saying she was happy […]

Summer study committee topics for General Assembly are assigned

The Indiana General Assembly’s Legislative Council met Monday morning to assign summer study committees topics that might lead to legislative action in 2022. Last year, the summer study topics included preparing for changes to the 2021 legislative session due to the coronavirus pandemic. The committees will be studying questions like jurisdiction over adults for sex […]

Senate, House override Holcomb veto on legislation curbing authority of local health officers

The Indiana Senate and House both voted Monday to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto on Senate Enrolled Act 5, undoing local emergency health orders in Marion County and elsewhere around the state. The override passed in the Senate 36-10 and in the House 59-30. Holcomb vetoed SEA 5 May 4, saying the bill making it harder for […]

Second lawsuit filed against General Assembly over bill limiting governor’s authority

While Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed a motion for the Marion County Superior Court to strike down Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit against the General Assembly Friday, a private Indiana citizen was filing his own lawsuit against the General Assembly. That Hoosier, John Whitaker—a former Indianapolis attorney and special counsel to former Republican Governor Robert Orr—filed the […]