Elections & Politics

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Long-time Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is being remembered as a giant in Indiana politics. The Republican died Sunday at the age of 87.

Lugar served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis before joining the senate in 1977. He served until 2013.

Along with Democratic Senator Sam Nunn he led the effort to help the former Soviet states dismantle their weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arsenals.

Lugars’s longtime colleague and friend former Indiana Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton says Lugar was known for his commitment to bipartisanship.

President Donald Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis Friday. He touted what he calls his accomplishments protecting Second Amendment rights.

 

More than 4,500 supporters crammed into the freezing cold and leaking former Studebaker plant on Sunday to hear South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially declare that he’d seek the Democratic nomination for President.

League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette

Despite some opposition from the head of the Tippecanoe County Election Board, voters will receive pamphlets this year reminding them of rules for voting.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette asked to hand out literature to those standing in line for this year’s primary – advice officials refer to as “queue tips.”

House Approves Expanded Abortion Ethical Exemption

Mar 15, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation to allow Indiana pharmacists to refuse to provide abortion-inducing drugs is a step away from the governor’s desk.

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research

Birch Bayh Senate Office - Senatorial Papers of Birch Bayh, Indiana University

Former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, who authored two amendments to the U.S. Constitution, has died.

Bayh was the author of the landmark Title IX legislation, which leveled the playing field for women in sports and created penalties for gender-based discrimination in education.

Bayh was the Senate sponsor of the never-passed Equal Rights Amendment, but did succeed in adding the 25th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution, which created succession procedures in the event of presidential incapacitation and lowered the voting age to 18.

Indiana adoption attorney Steve Kirsh testifies before a Senate committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

If Hoosiers post online that they’re interested in adopting a child, they’re technically committing a crime in the state of Indiana.

Exonerated Prisoners Bill Faces Changes In Senate

Mar 12, 2019
Roosevelt Glenn, who spent 17 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, addresses a Senate committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A bill to provide payouts for people who were wrongfully incarcerated faces significant changes.

There's a contentious debate in Indiana's 2019 legislative session over whether to enact a hate crimes statute. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

New research from Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute suggests hate crimes laws aren’t used as often as they could be.

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