Kelly Mitchell

State To Launch Savings Program For Disabled Hoosiers

Jul 25, 2017

The federal government passed The ABLE Act four years ago – ABLE stands for “achieving a better life experience.”

The bill allows states to offer a program in which somone with a disability, or the parent of a disabled child, can create a savings account with special tax advantages.

In 2016 Indiana lawmakers voted to enable the program, and the result is called InvestABLE.

It launches July 27.

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Educating young people about Indiana’s Lifeline Law has a new focus this year – text to 911.

The Lifeline Law provides immunity from underage drinking charges to minors who seek help for themselves or others. And it applies not just to those who call 911, but those who text it as well.

State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell – who chairs the Statewide 911 Board – says texting allows dispatchers to more easily follow up on 911 hang-ups, citing a recent example:

New State Treasurer Sworn In Early

Nov 18, 2014
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Kelly Mitchell is the state‘s new treasurer a little early.

Mitchell was sworn into the office for which she was elected just two weeks ago, however her service this year will be the completion of the unexpired term of former state treasurer Richard Mourdock.

"It‘s so exciting," Mitchell said in her first meeting with reporters after a private swearing-in at the Statehouse. "I‘m not sure I slept last night - I did a little, but it is a thrill and an honor to be standing here."

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State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry called Tuesday’s election “Ladies Night” as all three female GOP statewide candidates earned emphatic victories. 

A little after nine P-M Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence took to the stage at state Republican Party headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.  Speaking to a crowd already buzzing with positivity on a night that was shaping up to be big for the GOP, Pence told them it was a historic night.

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After historically poor voter turnout in May’s primary election, the general election might not be much different for Indiana.  The state faces a November without a major race, such as governor or senator, at the top of the ballot. 

In fact, the title of State Auditor might be the greatest misnomer in Indiana.  The Auditor isn’t responsible for auditing state and local government; that’s the job of the State Board of Accounts and internal auditors at major state agencies such as the Family and Social Services Administration and the Department of Revenue. 

State Treasurer Race Lacks Incumbent

Oct 31, 2014
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Of the three statewide offices on Indiana‘s ballot next week, only one has no incumbent running -- in fact, there‘s no incumbent at all.   Governor Pence named only an interim state treasurer after Richard Mourdock resigned in August.

GOP nominee Kelly Mitchell, who ran the TrustINdiana investment pool for local governments under Mourdock, says the office belongs in fiscally conservative hands. She says a cautious investment philosophy shielded Hoosier banks from collapse during the recession.

Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination For Treasurer

Jun 9, 2014
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The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.

There were three candidates for the Republican nomination for state treasurer going into the vote: financial advisor Don Bates; state employee Kelly Mitchell; and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

The first ballot was a relative toss-up, and while the second ballot showed Mitchell gaining votes, no candidate received a majority.

According to the rules, Bates was dropped after the second vote.