A recent book detailing Mitch Daniels’ near-presidential campaign makes it clear that Cheri Daniels and their kids were the biggest factor in the former governor opting against a run for the White House. As speculation swirls about a potential Mike Pence presidential run, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talked to Indiana First Lady Karen Pence about what she thinks about the issue.
Hoosier First Lady Karen Pence says the struggles of being a family in politics are something she thinks about.
Voices calling for Indiana to create an independent redistricting commission are getting louder this session.
Last session, Speaker Brian Bosma coauthored legislation creating a redistricting commission, with members appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. While that bill passed the House, it never received a hearing in the Senate.
Bosma says he will offer the bill again, but notes both chambers need to buy-in this time.
State leaders say they’re cautiously optimistic about Indiana’s fiscal future after a new revenue forecast unveiled Thursday predicts two to three percent growth in the next budget cycle.
That growth would mean more than $800 million in new money over the next two years.
But Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says even that kind of increase shouldn’t start a spending frenzy. He notes that even before the forecast he’s been receiving budget requests that total almost double that amount.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement this week that he is actively exploring a presidential bid is causing ripple effects as the 2016 electoral picture begins taking shape. And an Indiana political strategist has a message for potential presidential candidates: if you’re going to run, run.
Pete Seat is a former spokesman for the Indiana Republican Party, Senator Dan Coats and the Bush administration.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the cost of maintaining Indiana’s roads is substantial and growing, while the revenue streams used to pay for those repairs are decreasing. Yet, the legislature will likely be unable address that issue in its next budget.
An attorney for former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White says state law was misapplied when White was convicted in 2012 of six criminal counts stemming from voter fraud. Arguments in the case took place Tuesday before the state Court of Appeals.
White’s appeal included several arguments – the jury wasn’t properly instructed, selective prosecution, his attorney at the time – Carl Brizzi – was ineffective.
But when pressed by the Appeals Court judges for the strongest argument, White’s current attorney Andrea Ciobanu says it’s misapplication of the law.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says legislation nearing passage will be an enormous help in preventing suicide among military service members. More than 3,000 active-duty soldiers have taken their lives since 2001.
The rate of suicide among National Guard members has grown more than any other military branch in the last five years. That’s why legislation Donnelly authored requires annual mental health assessments for all servicemembers – including members of the National Guard and reservists.
American Cancer Society officials say Indiana lawmakers should explore ways to help incentivize Hoosiers to quit smoking, a position reflected in the group’s 2015 legislative priorities.
Apart from health advocacy organizations like the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, groups such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are part of the fight to reduce smoking. For two years, one of the group’s legislative priorities has been eliminating the Smoker’s Bill of Rights.