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Tax cuts, education dominate Organization Day

By Whitney Downard and Casey Smith Indiana Capital Chronicle November 22, 2022 Leaders of both Republican caucuses floated the idea of exploring continued tax cuts and education investments Tuesday during Organization Day, which marks the beginning of the 2023 legislative session. The day includes swearing in newly elected legislators and formalizes the votes for leaders […]

Indiana Chamber of Commerce unveils its 2023 legislative priorities

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce Modnay hosted its 2023 Legislative Preview, during which it went over its priorities for the upcoming Indiana General Assembly session. The Chamber advocated for ways to improve Indiana’s business attraction and retention, increase access to health care, implement tax relief and carefully move toward more renewable energy. Bringing in and […]

Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett will run for third term, to face Rep. Shackleford in Democratic primary

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (above) announced he’s running for “a third and final term” Tuesday, coming off the heels of Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis, issuing her own intent to run  last week. Hogsett’s announcement, which sets up a Democratic primary contest with Shackleford, came just hours before former President Donald Trump gave a speech declaring his […]

Lee Hamilton commentary: Why do politicians run for office?

November 16, 2022 If you followed this year’s elections, at some point the question probably occurred to you: Why do people do this? The endless campaign events, the constant scrutiny… and increasingly, the very real and alarming threat of political violence. What drives someone to put up with it all? I suspect that if you […]

John Krull commentary: Requiem for a political throwback

Rex Early gave me one of the greatest and, alas, most unprintable quotes of my career. It came on Election Day in 1996. In that race, Indiana Lt. Gov. Frank O’Bannon, a Democrat, ran against Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, a Republican, to become governor. Early, also a Republican, had challenged Goldsmith in the primary for […]

Shackleford announces candidacy for Indy mayor, setting up potential primary contest with incumbent Hogsett

Looking to the future after being reelected to the Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday, Rep. Robin Shackleford (above) on Thursday launched a new campaign — to be the first female and the first Black mayor of Indianapolis. Her announcement sets the stage for a potential Democratic primary election contest between Shackleford and incumbent Mayor Joe […]

John Krull commentary: Diego Morales’ message to Democrats

Republican Diego Morales delivered a loud wake-up call for Hoosier Democrats in the 2022 election. Morales, the GOP candidate for Indiana secretary of state, trounced his Democratic opponent, Destiny Wells, by a double-digit margin. Morales did this even though he is perhaps the single most flawed major-party candidate for statewide office in Indiana history. There […]

‘I push back:’ Twitter feud raises specter of Rep. Lucas’ 2020 divorce hearing—and questions about how politicians use social media

Social media users in southern Indiana’s House District 69 may have noticed their candidates in a heated and ongoing Twitter beef. Democratic candidate Chad Harmon has posted excerpts of a transcript from the divorce proceedings of his opponent in Tuesday’s election, Rep. Jim Lucas (above), R-Seymour. The transcript shows Lucas pleaded the Fifth—his constitutional right […]

Doctor who provided minor abortion care sues AG Rokita for ‘baseless investigation’

By Whitney Downard Indiana Capital Chronicle Nov. 3, 2022  Two Indianapolis doctors — including one at the center of a controversial abortion case over the summer — filed suit Thursday against Attorney General Todd Rokita (above) to block his office from continuing a “baseless investigation into physicians who provide abortion care.” The suit claims Rokita […]

Judge rules ballot access lawsuit filed by Indiana Green, Libertarian parties can move forward

By Casey Smith Indiana Capital Chronicle  Nov. 2, 2022 A legal challenge to Indiana’s ballot access law will move forward after a federal judge ruled last week that the lawsuit brought by the Indiana Green and Libertarian parties requires a “fact-intensive” review. The lawsuit was filed in March in the U.S. District Court for the […]