Politics & Government

Politics & Government
10:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Judge: atheist group cannot solemnize marriages

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. 

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Politics & Government
6:55 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Pence appoints Espich to Senior Advisor post

On Thursday Governor-elect Mike Pence appointed former State Representative Jeff Espich as Senior Advisor for Legislative Affairs. 

In a statement, Pence highlighted Espich’s experience with tax and finance legislation, saying it would make him “an invaluable addition to our legislative team.” Espich has served as Chairman of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the State Budget Committee among other leadership roles during his forty years in the state legislature.

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Politics & Government
6:13 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Pence names OMB Director

The new Office of Management and Budget director under Governor-elect Mike Pence is a Daniels administration veteran.  

Pence tabbed Chris Atkins Monday to head the Office of Management and Budget beginning in January.  Atkins was policy director to Pence during the campaign and helped develop Pence’s Roadmap for Indiana. 

Prior to joining the Pence campaign, Atkins served under Governor Mitch Daniels as general counsel and policy advisor in the OMB, helping Daniels create and implement property and corporate tax reform. 

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7:10 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

The 118th Indiana General Assembly discusses impending challenges

As members were sworn in Tuesday, leaders of Indiana’s House and Senate warned of obstacles ahead for the 118th Indiana General Assembly.

Republicans hold super majorities in both houses for the next two years, rendering Democrats relatively powerless in the legislative process. 

But Senate President Pro Tem David Long preached bipartisanship to his chamber as he cautioned about the obstacles the legislature faces.

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Politics & Government
10:21 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Espich, Crawford leave hole in Ways & Means

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. 

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Politics & Government
2:05 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Bosma expects stability will help GOP caucus

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.

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Politics & Government
5:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Donnelly wins Lugar's Senate seat

Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN-3) defeated Republican Richard Mourdock in Tuesday's general election.

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. 

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Politics & Government
8:46 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Indiana early voter turnout is down

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.

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Politics & Government
11:38 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Commission pushes for criminal code reform

Members of the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission have recommended major reforms to the Indiana General Assembly, which will take up the legislation in the 2013 session.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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. 

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Kids cast ballots as they learn about elections

More than 30,000 Hoosier students will cast votes for president and governor in their own elections in classrooms and schools statewide on November 6th. 

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