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ATTORNEY ETHICS: AG Rokita’s actions hint at negotiations with disciplinary commission in his misconduct case

By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen September 25, 2023 The admissions last week by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita that statements he made on national television in the summer of 2022 could “reasonably be considered” to violate attorney ethics have surprised members of the legal community. Rokita’s actions also hint that he may be negotiating […]

DISCIPLINARY CHARGES: AG Rokita faces 3 allegations of attorney misconduct in Caitlin Bernard case

By  Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen September 18, 2023 Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has been charged with three counts of attorney misconduct by the Indiana Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission, which said comments he made about Indianapolis OB/GYN Caitlin Bernard caused “irreparable harm” and “burdened the court system.” The disciplinary commission filed the complaint […]

NAME RECOGNITION: Chip Perfect’s endorsement likely played key role in caucus election of new Dist. 43 senator

By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen September 15, 2023 After the votes had been counted Tuesday night in the Senate District 43 Republican caucus, Randy Maxwell stood at the podium and confessed he had not thought to prepare a victory speech. The CEO of Maxwell Construction in Guilford had campaigned across the district for the […]

LAWYER FEES: Hoosier taxpayers pay rising bills amid AG Rokita’s anti-abortion battles

By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen September 11, 2023 On Dec. 15, 2022, attorney Christopher Bartolomucci of Schaerr Jaffe flew into Indianapolis and billed Indiana taxpayers for 12 hours of work, parking at Dulles International Airport, roundtrip airfare and a meal at Harry & Izzy’s airport location. The cost: $7,275.70. Two days earlier, Indiana Attorney […]

STUMP SPEECH: Indy mayor’s race highlights the complicated campaign issue of crime

The City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis (photo by Marilyn Odendahl) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen September 5, 2023 In dueling stump speeches, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett mentioned crime one minute into his remarks, while Republican challenger Jefferson Shreve waited until after the nine-minute mark to do so –but then hammered his opponent on the […]

FACEBOOK FIASCO: Elkhart official’s social media blunder leads to criminal charge for political endorsement

By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen September 1, 2023 Christopher Dickinson, the Concord Township Assessor in Elkhart, told police he has four Facebook accounts and when he posted an endorsement of a candidate for the local school board, he thought he was using one of his personal pages. However, he had put the endorsement on […]

CONGRESSIONAL CONVERSATION: Former staffers find reason for hope, encourage public service

Robin Winston, co-founder and principal of the Winston/Terrell Group, (left) moderates a panel discussion with Vanessa Sinders, Bill Moreau and Mel Raines as part of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s “Off the Record: Congress Confidential” event. (Photo submitted by the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen August 25, 2023 Before they […]

Commentary: Independency of Thought and America’s Hoosier President

This column was written for The Indiana Citizen by Charles Hyde, president and CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, in honor of the Hoosier president’s 190th birthday. “Independency of thought is the first requisite of the responsible citizen” –President Benjamin Harrison What does it meant to be a “responsible citizen” and to fulfill our […]

COSTLY CLASSROOM: Lawsuit to recover millions of taxpayer dollars from virtual charter schools far from resolution

        Photo Illustration by The Indiana Citizen The following report was written by Indiana journalist Steve Hinnefeld for The Indiana Citizen. August 10, 2023 Two years ago, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita sued to recover up to $154 million that he said had been misappropriated by operators of two virtual charter schools […]

Planned Parenthood vows to continue fighting as Indiana abortion ban set to take effect

Katie McHugh, OB/GYN, (left) and Rebecca Gibron, CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Inc., spoke to reporters Tuesday about Indiana’s new abortion law (photo/Marilyn Odendahl)   By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen August 1, 2023 Speaking at the Planned Parenthood facility in Indianapolis Tuesday morning, the organization’s leader and physicians emphasized […]