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March 16 2024

SMALLER ROLE: New limits on public access counselor seen as blow to open government

Every year, Gerry Lanosga, director of journalism at The Media School at Indiana University – Bloomington, cautions his students, “The legislature is in session. Hold on to your access.”   The Indiana General Assembly has lengthened the list of exemptions to the state “...”

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March 15 2024

HOUSING GAP: New report shows affordable housing crisis getting worse in Indiana

By Marilyn Odendahl

Working as a waitress, Tirish Jacobs of Indianapolis was able to stretch her paycheck enough to rent a three-bedroom duplex, where she and her two children lived.   But when the ceiling in her daughter’s bedroom collapsed in 2009, life began to spiral downward. Her childre “...”

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March 13 2024

CIVIC COURSEWORK: Excellence designation for Indiana students returns to SB 211 late in legislative session

By Marilyn Odendahl

Starting in the fall of 2025, Indiana students entering high school will be able to earn special recognition for demonstrating a knowledge of civics and a commitment to civic engagement.   Senate Bill 211, authored by Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Richmond, mandates that the Indiana De “...”

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February 19 2024

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 communit “...”

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January 12 2024

DIVERSITY GROWING: Leadership programs for Republicans and Democrats show success in Indiana elections

By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen January 12, 2024 Tiffanie Ditlevson knew how to reassure her constituent. Ditlevson had knocked on a front door as part of her campaign for Fishers City Council in 2023 and when the man inside said, “hello” – but kept the door closed “...”

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January 09 2024

VOTING INEQUITIES: Federal judge agrees merit selection disenfranchises Black voters in 3 Indiana counties, but says he can’t overturn

(Photo/Pexels.com) By Marilyn Odendahl The Indiana Citizen January 9, 2024 Despite agreeing with the plaintiffs that merit selection process for choosing Superior Court judges in Lake County likely violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a federal judge has ruled tha “...”