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Governor mum on whether he will appeal challenge to executive power

Gov. Eric Holcomb still isn’t saying whether he will appeal the Oct. 7 ruling by a Marion County judge that the General Assembly can call itself into session—a power he said belongs to the governor alone. During the 2021 session, Indiana legislators passed HB 1123 in response to Holcomb’s handling of the pandemic, particularly his renewing of state […]

A WHIMPER, NOT A BANG: Redistricting session comes to a subdued end with passage of Republican-drawn maps; Holcomb signs into law

The Indiana Statehouse, Friday, October 1, 2021. UPDATE: Gov. Eric Holcomb (above) on Monday signed into law House Bill 1581, the Republican-drawn redistricting of the state’s congressional and legislative district lines for the next decade. “Today I signed HB 1581, completing this once-in-a-decade constitutionally required process,” Holcomb said in a statement released by his office. […]

With further amendments voted down, GOP-drawn maps advance to a final vote on Friday

After nearly two weeks of fine-tuning on their redistricting maps — generally small changes attributed to input from the public and even their Democratic counterparts — Indiana Senate Republicans put an end to the tinkering on Thursday and set the stage for a final vote on Friday. In repeated votes along party lines reinforced by […]

Youth join veterans in bashing GOP maps at Senate Democrats’ hearing in Bloomington

Bloomington, Ind. — Tilly Robinson and Alex Kutza (above), 17-year-old seniors at Bloomington High School South, look forward to voting for the first time in 2022. But they worry their votes won’t count for as much as they should, thanks to what they see as Indiana’s gerrymandered legislative districts. “I am eager to exercise my […]

Another round of critical testimony as redistricting process approaches its final days

Indiana Senate Republicans on Monday morning heard public testimony for the first time — and for the last time as well — on their proposed redrawing of the state’s congressional and legislative districts, a process that they are intent on wrapping up during the next four days. Though the final opportunity for public testimony before […]

House rejects Democrats’ proposed map, advances GOP redistricting plan to final vote

Discounting Democrats’ attempt to substitute what they described as a more competitive “fair redistricting map,” the Republican-controlled Indiana House on Wednesday consolidated their redrawing of the state’s congressional and legislative districts with those released a day before by Senate Republicans, advancing the legislation to a final House vote on Thursday. Wednesday’s session was to review […]

Charging gerrymandering in GOP plan, redistricting reformers present an alternative map

Above: Proposed Indiana House district map submitted to the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission by Fort Wayne schoolteacher Jorge Fernandez.  Redistricting reform groups launched an intensified campaign against Indiana House Republicans’ newly released redistricting proposal on Thursday, citing new academic findings that the new maps are gerrymandered and offering an alternative map that they said would […]

‘Gerrymandering has become an evil art, almost:’ Redistricting was the topic at Indianapolis Recorder town hall meeting

The following was written by Breanna Cooper of the Indianapolis Recorder through The Indiana Citizen redistricting reporting project, which was organized with assistance from the Hoosier State Press Association. Once a decade, Indiana’s congressional district, state Senate and House of Representatives maps are redrawn by the state legislature. While the new maps are based on data […]

House Republicans discuss redistricting process, defend new maps in first committee hearing

A day after releasing most of their proposed congressional and legislative district maps, Indiana House Republicans offered their first public explanation of how they’ve conducted this year’s redistricting process and sought to defend it against charges of gerrymandering. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, the House majority caucus leader and author of the redistricting legislation, was the […]

‘Gerrymandering is sin:” Faith leaders call for fair and open redistricting

The leaders who came to the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday represented six different faiths but delivered a single message, telling  Indiana lawmakers that the decennial redistricting that they will soon begin is more than a political process. “The only way our democracy in Indiana can be strengthened is a fair and transparent redistricting process … […]