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April 11 2021

Legislative leaders shed some light on redistricting plans, AP reports

Indiana’s Republican legislative leadership has offered a few details about possible plans for the decennial redistricting process, according to an Associated Press report on Sunday. According to the report, Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (above) suggested public hearing “...”

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April 09 2021

Holcomb signs civics education bill, seen as an early step toward improving Indiana’s civic health

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com UPDATE: Gov. Eric Holcomb on April 8 signed House Enrolled Act 1384 into law. Under the legislation, civics education will become a required class in Indiana middle schools and a 15- “...”

April 08 2021

John Krull commentary: Lawmakers send cash and constitution into the shredder

The conservative Indiana lawmakers who say they love constitutional principles have a funny way of showing it. The state’s lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly just sent their plan to curtail some of the Indiana governor’s emergency powers to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk. “...”

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April 08 2021

Committee passes elections bill but removes provisions limiting absentee voting and governor’s powers

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com UPDATE: An elections bill that drew sharp criticism for provisions limiting absentee voting and weakening the governor’s authority to reschedule an election was heavily amended “...”

April 06 2021

John Krull commentary: Business and rights of conscience in Georgia

Major league baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star game away from Atlanta has provoked outrage on the right. The MLB did so to distance the game from the Georgia state government’s attempts to rig elections. The Georgia legislature passed and Georgia’s governor, Republic “...”

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April 06 2021

Elections bill stalls in committee after testimony in opposition; vote now scheduled for Thursday

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com UPDATE: An elections bill with a provision likened to controversial legislation in Georgia stalled briefly Tuesday morning in a House committee after more than two hours of testimony “...”

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April 02 2021

Transformed and rewired: Sen. Fady Qaddoura’s life in public service

Eleven years ago, when Fady Qaddoura first began working as an intern for the Indiana Senate legal office, a former staffer in the IT department asked him his name and where he was from. Qaddoura answered, and the staffer said, “Oh, you’re one of these effing terrorists that “...”

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April 02 2021

House committee to hear bill with absentee-voting requirements similar to Georgia legislation

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com In 2020, Gov. Eric Holcomb delayed the primary election from May until June and loosened restrictions on absentee voting as Indiana coped with the outbreak of COVID-19.  Under legis “...”

April 02 2021

John Krull commentary: Another alt-right self-pity party

Poor Jim Lucas. The Republican Indiana representative from Seymour who just loves, loves, loves guns and racially charged memes is in the middle of another controversy. This latest dust-up is a particularly Lucas-like tragic farce. It’s filled with alt-right half-truths and out “...”

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March 31 2021

Final ICRC hearing focuses on 2nd Congressional District and the tradeoffs of “compactness”

Follow our coverage of redistricting at The Indiana Citizen At first glance, Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District as drawn during the last redistricting process in 2011 didn’t look a lot different from the 2nd Congressional District drawn during the previous one in 2001. Both “...”