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Gov. Eric Holcomb pledged to work next session to ensure a hate crimes bill passes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Religious conservative groups that oppose hate crimes laws in Indiana say Gov. Eric Holcomb’s support for the measure won’t matter.

Donnelly, Braun Weigh In On Iran Sanctions

Aug 7, 2018
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and former state representative Mike Braun, a Republican, face off this fall in Indiana's U.S. Senate race. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he supports sanctions on Iran that just took effect.

But the Hoosier Democrat also defends the Iran nuclear deal entered into during President Barack Obama’s term – an agreement President Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this year.

Donnelly Touts Drug Enforcement, Treatment Efforts

Aug 7, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly says it’s important to balance enforcement and treatment in the fight against drug addiction. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Tuesday touted drug enforcement funding he’s helped secure for Indiana law enforcement agencies. 

Susan B. Anthony List Indiana chair Sue Swayze Liebel leads a demonstration outside the Indianapolis office of Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Anti-abortion groups want to put pressure on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

There’s a door-to-door campaign effort in Indiana by national anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List. The group’s state chair Sue Swayze Liebel says the message is simple: Indiana is an anti-abortion state.

State's Hardest Hit Fund Reopened

Aug 1, 2018
Some Hoosiers who’ve fallen behind on mortgage payments can once again get help from the state. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Some Hoosiers who’ve fallen behind on mortgage payments can once again get help from the state.

That's after the state’s decision to reopen its Hardest Hit Fund.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says he’s hopeful the Senate will vote in August on comprehensive opioid addiction treatment legislation. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says he’s hopeful the Senate will vote in August on comprehensive opioid addiction treatment legislation.

Young met with local stakeholders to discuss ways to address the state’s opioid crisis.

Holcomb Announces Support For Hate Crimes Bill

Jul 30, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he'll work to find consensus on hate crimes legislation. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll support hate crimes legislation in the 2019 session.

The move comes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Activists Call For Hill To Withdraw From ACA Lawsuit

Jul 27, 2018
Protect Our Care Indiana spokesperson Kate Shepherd calls for Indiana to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Alongside her is Rob Stone, a Bloomington physician and director of Hoosiers For A Commonsense Health Plan. (
Brandon Smith

Local health care advocates want Attorney General Curtis Hill to withdraw the state from a lawsuit that aims to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

The advocates delivered letters and a 600-signature petition to Hill’s office Friday.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Christie Gillespie discuss their latest court victory. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s Planned Parenthood and ACLU leaders celebrated their latest victory in court Thursday. And ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says such occasions have become “routine.”

Hoosiers protest the 2016 anti-abortion law at the Statehouse shortly after it took effect. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A federal appeals court says an Indiana law that requires women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion is unconstitutional.

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