Following the retirement of its two longtime leaders, the House Ways and Means committee will look significantly different when the Indiana General Assembly begins its session in January.
Between them, Uniondale Republican Jeff Espich and Indianapolis Democrat Bill Crawford had 80 years of legislative experience. The two men led the House Ways and Means committee when their party was in control. But both are retiring this year.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma expects stability in the GOP caucus, which grew after Tuesday's election, will help it do it's job once the 2013 legislative session begins.
Apart from those who retired prior to this election cycle, Indiana House Republican leadership will remain mostly the same after the new 69-member caucus voted Wednesday. And Speaker Brian Bosma says his caucus’ style of governing won’t change either.
After 36 years in the Republican column, Indiana’s Senate seat has switched parties as Congressman Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock Tuesday.
Considered one of the key races in determining control of the U-S Senate, the race between the two candidates – separated by a razor-thin margin for months – was colored by a significant influx of outside money and negative ads.
Voter turnout in Indiana has gone up in three consecutive presidential election years, including 2008’s record high. Indiana’s Secretary of State says she’s hoping for another record this year, but some political watchers say that’s unlikely.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson says early voting has been strong so far, but she says early voting this year is a little off from the last presidential election.
“Compared to this time in the election process in 2008, we’re about 85 thousand ballots behind what we were in 2008,” Lawson said.
Lawmakers will attempt the first comprehensive reform of Indiana’s criminal code in 30 years next session after legislation prepared over the last three years by a legislative study committee was approved Tuesday. But some state criminal justice organizations say the reform package will still require significant work before it can garner their support.
A huge portion of the criminal code overhaul will be put in one piece of legislation next session, something Indiana Public Defender Council executive director Larry Landis says may not work.
Embattled GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says he apologizes if anyone misunderstood his comments during Tuesday’s debate in which he said pregnancy resulting from rape was something God intended to happen. But he said Wednesday he won’t apologize for his beliefs.
In Indiana’s final U-S Senate debate the candidates repeated their attacks on each other, while shifting their focus to issues of foreign policy and social security.
Squaring off in Tuesday’s debate were Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock, locked in a tight race with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate potentially in play. Libertarian Andrew Horning joined them to discuss foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and term limits for Congress.
As Governor Mitch Daniels’ official portrait was unveiled Tuesday, he says he hopes the accomplishments of his administration will far outlast Hoosiers’ memory of him.
The portrait shows Daniels standing in his office, without a suit coat, leaning against a chair and holding a pen in his hand. Lafayette native Richard Halstead, one of 43 applicants, was commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to paint it.
Halstead says Daniels had only one request – that the painting not be artificial or unnatural.