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Five Democratic candidates take on Indy’s District 46 Senate seat

Five Democratic candidates are going up against each other to win the District 46 Senate nomination in Indianapolis. The candidates are: Kristin Jones, a member of the Indianapolis city-county council; Andrea Hunley, an Indianapolis school principal; Ashley Eason, a nonprofit executive; Karla Lopez-Owens, director of community outreach at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; and Bobby […]

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 […]

Shabazz v. Rokita lawsuit could hold long-term implications for journalists

The maneuvering continues in the federal lawsuit between Attorney General Todd Rokita and journalist Abdul-Hakim Shabazz (above) that a First Amendment expert says could hold significant implications for how the press covers public officials. The lawsuit—Shabazz v. Rokita—stems from an October incident in which staff in Rokita’s office barred Shabazz, an attorney and publisher of IndyPolitics.Org, from attending […]

These incumbent legislators currently face no opposition in the primary or general elections

INDIANA SENATE Rick Niemeyer (R-Lowell) Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) Andy Zay (R-Huntington) Travis Holdman (R-Markle, Majority Caucus Chair) James Buck (R-Kokomo) Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) Eric Bassler (R-Washington) Clyde “Chip” Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) Mark Messmer (R-Jasper, Majority Floor Leader) Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) INDIANA HOUSE Carolyn Jackson (D-Hammond) Earl Harris Jr. (D-East Chicago) Ragen […]

Town Hall forum with Rep. Carson available for viewing on You Tube channel

U.S. Rep. André Carson, D-Indianapolis, addressed congressional action on issues including President Biden’s COVID-19 response performance, voting rights, countering conspiracy theories, and President Trump’s accountability for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Town Hall aired Tuesday on WFYI (Channel 20). A cross-section of 15 residents of Indiana’s 7th District posed questions directly […]

In 5-4 vote, justices reinstate Alabama voting map despite lower court’s ruling that it dilutes Black votes

The following report by Amy Howe was first published in SCOTUSblog, and is republished according to SCOTUSblog republishing guidelines.  The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Alabama to implement a redistricting plan that is being challenged as illegal racial gerrymandering. A lower court ruled last month that the state’s new congressional map likely violates the Voting […]

Commentary: How redistricting congressional districts can undermine majority rule

This analysis, written by Marjorie Hershey, professor emeritus of political science at Indiana University, was first published in The Conversation,  a Massachusetts-based independent, nonprofit news organization, under a Creative Commons license. It was adapted and republished, with an Indiana-specific introduction by Professor Hershey, in the Bloomington-based Limestone Post, and is republished here with the permission […]