Politics & Issues

1:21 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Businessman Bob Thomas To Focus On Possible Run For Indiana Governor

Thomas says he'll appeal to the average Republican voter by advertising himself as an alternative candidate more focused on fixing what's wrong with Indiana.
Indiana businessman Bob Thomas, who announced last week he was exploring a run for either governor or Indiana's 3rd Congressional District, said Monday he has decided to focus his efforts on the former. He says the governor's seat is the best position to be in if your goal is to make people's lives better.
1:19 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence To Run For Re-election

Gov. Pence could face a tougher election bid than he did in 2012.
The head of the state GOP announced today Gov. Mike Pence will make a bid for a second term. A Pence run for reelection wasn't always considered a lock as the Hoosier governor had been mentioned - sometimes prominently - as a 2016 presidential contender.
1:12 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Indiana NRC Approves State Park Mountain Biking Fees For 2016

Mountain bikers will be required to have a $5 daily permit or an $20 annual permit when cycling on state park trails.
The Natural Resources Commission approved Tuesday a new fee for mountain biking in state parks. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, cyclists in state parks biking "off-road" must have a $5 daily permit or a $20 annual permit. The permit will not be required for people biking near campgrounds or hard surface trails.
8:47 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Karen Tallian To Run For Governor On Her Progressive Record

State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, will face John Gregg in the 2016 Democratic primary.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, officially announced her candidacy for governor Tuesday. A ten-year veteran of the state Senate, 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.
9:03 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Report Reveals Leadership Problems At The BMV

An outside consulting firm's evaluation says the catalog of about 1,200 fees and taxes the bureau is responsible for is riddled with errors.
Hoosiers will be getting more refunds from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles over the next couple of months as further overcharges surface. Now an outside assessment of the BMV has 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.
6:36 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Congressman Marlin Stutzman To Run For Senate

Stutzman seeks to replace Sen. Dan Coats, who announced earlier this year he is retiring.
Photo: Brandon Smith Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana 3rd District, on Saturday announced he is running for Senate, to replace outgoing Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana. With his announcement event occupying a whole block in downtown Roanoke, Ind., Stutzman talked to a crowd of supporters about a wide range of issues, from Iran to the national debt, Benghazi to healthcare.
7:45 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Pence Signs $31 Billion Two-Year Budget Into Law

The governor signed the budget in front of students at an elementary school highlighting the largest funding increase for K–12 schools in state history.
Photo: Brandon Smith/Indiana Public Broadcasting Indiana's new budget is officially law as Gov. Mike Pence signed it Thursday. Pence hails the state's two-year, $31 billion spending plan as something "every Hoosier can be proud of." The governor signed the budget in front of a sea of students at an elementary school in Lebanon, Ind., highlighting the largest funding increase for K-12 schools in state history.
10:45 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Gov. Pence Signs Regional Cities Initiative Into Law

Pence says the IEDC has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.
Gov. Mike Pence says excitement is palpable as he talks to local communities about the Regional Cities Initiative. He signed a bill into law creating the program Wednesday. Pence says the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.
8:02 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Bosma Says Not Enough Funding For Infrastructure In 2015

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he anticipates making infrastructure a primary focus the next two sessions.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says his one disappointment from the 2015 legislative session is a failure to boost infrastructure funding as much as he'd like. Lawmakers increased infrastructure funding by more than two hundred million dollars in the 2013 budget to take care of state and local roads.
8:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Marlin Stutzman Says ‘Major Announcement’ Coming This Week

Stutzman is one of several GOP politicians considering making a run for Senator Dan Coats' seat.
Photo: Office of Marlin Stutzman Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman announced on Facebook Friday he will make a 'major announcement' next weekend. According to NewsChannel 15, Stutzman previously said he was considering running for Senator Dan Coats' seat. Coats announced in March he will not seek re-election. That leaves the GOP field wide open.