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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 […]

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 […]