Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

Governor Mitch Daniels’ eight years in office is being remembered as a time of big changes and sweeping reform that’s left the state markedly different than it was.  Both supporters and opponents say Daniels was decisive and left no doubt as to who was in charge.  But whether changes made under the Daniels administration were positive depends a lot on who you talk to.

Four members of Governor-elect Mike Pence’s cabinet are now in place.

Department of Revenue Commissioner Mike Alley and Department of Administration head Robert Wyncoop will remain in their jobs when Mike Pence takes over the governor’s office in January.  Chris Atkins was general counsel and policy director for the Office of Management and Budget under Governor Daniels and will run that office while Anita Samuel will be the new Director of State Personnel after serving that office as its general counsel. 

A U-S District judge has ruled against atheist organization the Center for Inquiry in its bid to strike down Indiana’s marriage statute as unconstitutional.

Marriage in Indiana is a two-step process: receiving a marriage license and making the marriage official.  The state’s marriage statute specifies who can perform that second step – the clergy of any religious group and certain government officials like mayors and judges. 

As he prepares to leave the US Senate after 36 years, Senator Richard Lugar  is being honored  for his work curbing nuclear proliferation.  Lugar received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award Monday.

The Department of Defense presented the award to Lugar and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn.  The Nunn-Lugar program, in place since the early 90’s, is aimed at locating and securing nuclear weapons that went missing after the Soviet Union dissolved.

With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Wednesday announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state.  But IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more of the commitments turn into actual jobs.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In so many ways our country seems politically divided. Nevertheless, last month's election left 11 states controlled by supermajorities, meaning one party occupies the governor's mansion and owns the overwhelming majority in the legislature. Let's get a sense for the dynamic in one of these states - Indiana. Republicans seem in command. And yet despite their new leverage, Indiana's Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship. Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports.

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