U.S. Senator Dan Coats says he wants to take the politics out of appointing federal judges, proposing a bipartisan commission to fill vacancies. Indiana’s federal system has three vacancies, with another on the way.
To fill judicial vacancies at the federal level, U.S. Senators submit recommendations to the president, who then submits a candidate for nomination to the Senate.
Senator Coats says the system is fraught with politics, particularly when, as in Indiana, the two senators are from different parties.
Unlike the 2012 campaign, John Gregg won’t have an uncontested path to the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. State Senator Karen Tallian Tuesday announced her candidacy for governor.
A ten-year veteran of the Indiana Senate, Karen Tallian says she’s been considering a gubernatorial run for two years. The Northwest Indiana attorney says the Statehouse has been under one-party control for too long.
“And I, like, looked around at our party and said, ‘Who’s going to do this?’” Tallian said. “Somebody has to speak for the progressive point of view.”
Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks announced Tuesday he’s running for congress in Indiana’s third district. The seat is being vacated by Marlin Stutzman, who’s stepping down to run for U-S Senate.
Banks asked his supporters to help send him to Washington just three weeks after he returned home from an eight-month mission to Afghanistan.
The Navy Reserve officer was deployed last September. His wife Amanda took his place in the General Assembly for the 2015 session.
Hoosiers will be getting more refunds from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles over the next couple of months as further overcharges surface. An outside assessment of the BMV revealed rampant problems within the embattled agency.
The BMV, in the wake of lawsuits over fee overcharges and millions handed out in refunds, hired consulting firm BKD to evaluate the agency. BKD’s report, released Monday, uncovered numerous issues, including problems with the BMV leadership structure, a complex fee system, and a lack of internal controls and effective oversight.
Southwest Allen County Schools will enforce and expand its no transportation zones for some of its schools this fall.
SACS says limiting its bus routes could save the district $200,000 per year. Deer Ridge Elementary, Woodside Middle and Covington Elementary schools will join the five existing Southwest Allen schools with transportation limits.
Uber has become a transportation staple in major cities across the United States, and now the ridesharing service has gone live in Fort Wayne.
Using Uber is a lot like calling a cab, but the entire transaction – from scheduling, to tracking the vehicle, to payment processing – is done through an app on your smartphone.
App-based transportation companies have courted controversy in recent years because of regulatory concerns and opposition from taxi cab companies that say such services are unsafe and infringe on their business.
Phase one of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development is one step closer to being funded.
The Legacy Joint Funding Committee approved $6 million for the project Wednesday. That money will join $3 million from the Community Foundation, and another $3 million from the Capital Improvement board to be used over the next two years.
A key element of the first phase of development is property acquisition. But City officials say the first steps will be to care for the vegetation along the river banks, and to complete a comprehensive environmental study.
State education leaders have been crafting a new school accountability system over the past two-and-a-half years – and Thursday, the State Board of Education approved a final framework.
A vote to approve final rule language for the new A-F school grading system had been on the original agenda for Thursday’s meeting, following months of discussion and opportunities to hear public comment on the proposed changes.
But, the Department of Education presented about 20 additional edits Thursday morning – edits that some board members say they hadn’t seen before.