Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann

Jonathan Nightengale /

State lawmakers and small farmers appear to have reached a compromise over previously contentious legislation regarding who can sell chickens to restaurants and other institutions.

Currently, producers slaughtering 20,000 birds of fewer annually are limited to “household consumer” sales…that means they can sell through farmers markets, at roadside stands or directly out of their operations.

Noah Coffey /

State Democrats say they’re surprised by the nomination of a new lieutenant governor.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says he was taken aback by Sue Ellspermann’s intention to resign. Lanane calls it “a blow for diversity.”

Her announcement came right after Governor Pence said he would nominate Eric Holcomb, the former state Republican Party chairman and - until earlier this week - candidate for U.S. Senate.

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Former Indiana Republican Party Chair Eric Holcomb will soon have the number two job in Indiana state government. Governor Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Holcomb will take Sue Ellspermann’s seat as the state’s lieutenant governor.

Current Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann told Governor Pence of her interest in seeking the open presidency position at Ivy Tech last December. Pence began the search for her replacement soon after and says Holcomb’s background makes him a perfect fit.

Holcomb Expected To Replace Ellspermann As Lt. Gov

Feb 9, 2016
Brandon Smith / IPBS

Governor Mike Pence is expected to name former State Republican Party chair Eric Holcomb as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor. 

Holcomb will replace Sue Ellspermann, who is under consideration to become the President of Ivy Tech Community College.

Pence scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to make an announcement regarding his administration.

Holcomb, a former advisor to Governor Mitch Daniels, just yesterday dropped out of the GOP primary race for U-S Senate.

State of Indiana /

The top job at Ivy Tech is open and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has emerged as a candidate. Governor Mike Pence is encouraging her to seek the position, a shift that would have notable effects less than a year before the gubernatorial election.

Lt. Governor Ellspermann Eyes Top Ivy Tech Job

Dec 22, 2015
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Ivy Tech Community College president Thomas Snyder is set to retire next year. Now, the college board of trustees is moving forward with their search to find a successor.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said she’s eyeing the job. Today she released a statement saying she’s informed Governor Mike Pence of the possibility, but the decision is ultimately up to the school’s Board of Trustees.

If Ellspermann would take the job, it would leave Pence without a running mate during a re-election bid.

Indiana Republican Party

Indiana Republican leaders are mostly staying out of the free-for-all GOP primary for president -- at least for now.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is Carly Fiorina's state co-chair, and Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) has endorsed Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the rest of Indiana's top Republicans are so far keeping a low profile.