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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 […]

Indy Democrats unveil proposed council districts; public hearing set for April 12

Democratic leaders of the Indianapolis City-County Council will introduce proposed new council districts at a meeting tonight. The districts, if approved, would take effect for 2023 city elections. A map of the proposed districts (above) was posted online late last week. A public hearing on the proposal will place at an April 12 meeting of […]

Report: Legal fees in St. Joseph County redistricting are more than $315,000

UPDATE: St. Joseph County taxpayers are on the hook for more than $315,000 in fees to two Indianapolis-based law firms hired by county officials during the decennial redrawing of county commissioner and council districts and the litigation that followed, the South Bend Tribune reported. The fees to Ice Miller and Kroger, Gardis & Regas were […]

From Tippecanoe County, a look at new voting machines

The following reports from contributing writer Dave Bangert were first published in his Substack newsletter, Based in Lafayette, Indiana.   The MicroVote Infinity Voting System, the county’s new $1.5 million push-button system, will receive its first official votes Tuesday, April 5, the opening day of early voting ahead of the May 3 primary. On Tuesday, a public test of […]

Rokita, Shabazz reach settlement on press-access lawsuit

Journalist Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has had his admission to press conferences with Attorney General Todd Rokita (above) restored—though he says he doubts he’ll be called on for questions any time soon. The two reached an agreement before Shabazz v. Rokita could land in court. It stemmed from an October 2021 incident in which Rokita’s staff barred Shabazz, an attorney and publisher […]

In the session’s final weeks, conference committees revived legislation left for dead

During the final weeks of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2022 legislative session, several bills were transformed through conference committees. What are those? The legislature’s website offers a succinct explanation: “In order for a bill to become law, it must be passed by both the House and Senate in the same form,” it says. “If amendments are added […]

Holcomb signs permitless carry bill, leaving critics concerned about safety

As Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1296 into law, reactions and concerns arose regarding the bill and what it will now mean for Hoosiers and the safety of law enforcement officers. For gun owners, HEA 1296 ensures that they do not have to get a permit for proper handgun ownership. Due to the nature of […]

Vetoed trans sports bill leaves legislature poised for an override vote

Gov. Eric Holcomb (above) has vetoed controversial trans sports legislation, but the Republican supermajority is already plotting to resurrect it against the wishes of the governor. Holcomb vetoed House Enrolled Act 1041, the act that would have barred transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports, on Monday. Holcomb’s action came at the last minute before it […]

John Krull commentary: Whose bruised ego are we talking about?

It is easy, almost too easy, to laugh at Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. He is, after all, a walking caricature of unfettered ambition, the sort of politician who runs for office not out of any great desire to serve but almost as a reflex. That’s why he once ran for three different offices in […]

With Roe v. Wade ruling expected by year’s end, a special session might be on the way

Above: While pro-abortion-rights protesters gathered Oct. 2, 2021, in downtown Indianapolis in response to a new Texas abortion law, anti-abortion advocates assembled nearby for a counter-protest. Over 100 Indiana lawmakers are asking Gov. Eric Holcomb to call a special session if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states can restrict abortion in a case expected […]