TENANT SETBACKS: Failures in legislation at Statehouse lead to calls for a housing commission

(Photo/Pexels.com) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 21, 2024 At least 10 bills, aimed at tackling various aspects of Indiana’s housing crisis, including negligent landlords, foreclosures induced by medical debt and biased appraisals, were introduced at the start of the 2024 legislative session. However, the optimism that housing advocates shared at the beginning of […]

HYDE COMMENTARY: What’s civics got to do with Future Presidents?

“Citizenship has its duties as well as its privileges” –President Benjamin Harrison   History and civics have everything to do with Presidents Day, and—more broadly—should be central to the way in which we prepare and educate students to be good fellow community members, citizens, and leaders. Did you know that federal investment in government and […]

SOCIAL TIES: Improving Hoosiers’ connections to their communities might boost voter participation, prof says

Hoosiers, united by personal battles with cancer, gathered at the Indiana Statehouse recently and got a pep talk before meeting with lawmakers and asking them to support the biomarker testing bill. (Photo/Marilyn Odendahl)   By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 16, 2024 To improve Indiana’s voter participation, Hoosiers might first have to get to […]

ELECTION SCRUTINY: Concerns about legality of HB 1264 grow during Senate committee hearing

Author of House Bill 1264, Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, said the measure strengthens election security in Indiana. (Photo/courtesy of Indiana House Republicans) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 13, 2024 As House Bill 1264, the elections security bill, arrived in the Indiana Senate on Monday, the possibility of litigation continued to follow the controversial […]

HELP OR HARM? AG Rokita’s new webpage alleges ‘indoctrination’ in Indiana schools, but critics say it could intimidate teachers

The Indiana Attorney General’s “Eyes on Education” webpage includes a portal to upload documents and links to the submissions. (Screenshot/The Indiana Citizen) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 7, 2024 Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office has launched a new online platform that it says provides  “real examples of socialist indoctrination” from Hoosier classrooms […]

REDISTRICTING DELAY: SB 135 gives Indiana cities, towns and school districts more time to redraw their election districts

(Photo/Xain Ballenger of TheStatehouseFile.com) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 5, 2024 The Indiana General Assembly appears poised to extend the deadline for municipalities and school boards to redraw their election districts, pushing the due date a second time and possibly upending a lawsuit filed against the city of Anderson for failing to redistrict […]

VOTERS’ VOICE: Ballot initiatives touted by Indiana Democrats stall in GOP-dominated Statehouse

(Photo/Pexels.com) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 2, 2024 Although the push for ballot initiatives was dead before the 2024 session of the Indiana General Assembly even started, a Democratic lawmaker pulled one last maneuver to show voters who was listening. Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, authored House Joint Resolution 1, which would have been […]

‘CASE CLOSED’: As Indiana Supreme Court releases disciplinary affidavit, AG Rokita claims ‘nothing I said’ contradicted docs

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita visited the Indiana House of Representatives to hear Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush deliver the 2024 State of the Judiciary speech in January. (Photo/Marilyn Odendahl) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen February 1, 2024 The conditional agreement and affidavit that Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita signed, consenting to a public […]

Lucas faces backlash and calls to apologize after flashing gun at high schoolers

Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, posted on social media that he pities “those that are being indoctrinated to fear” guns. (Photo/courtesy of Indiana House Republicans) By Kyra Howard TheStatehouseFile.com January 31, 2024 A day after he was caught flashing his gun to a group of high-school students visiting the Statehouse to advocate against gun violence, Rep. Jim Lucas, […]

State Rep. Jim Lucas shows gun, students feel fear Tuesday at the Statehouse

Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, opened his coat and flashed a handgun to a group of high school students at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday after Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day. (Screenshot/Kyra Howard of TheStatehouseFile.com) By Kyra Howard TheStatehouseFile.com January 30, 2024 Students from Burris Laboratory School in Muncie who were visiting the Statehouse Tuesday say they […]