The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 25 ruling effectively rolls back significant regulatory protections for wetlands under the Clean Water Act by imposing a “test” to determine what a wetland is. Unfortunately, the test is grounded in neither science nor sense.
Last week, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita called on Gov. Eric Holcomb to send Hoosier National Guard units to the southern border to help staunch the tide of illegal immigrants.
‘Where do I begin?” That was U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s response to a Capitol Hill reporter’s question after he became the first current elected Hoosier Republican officeholder to say he will not support Donald Trump’s presidential renomination in 2024.
With Democrat Jennifer McCormick’s official entry into the 2024 Indiana gubernatorial race, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has ruled out seeking the Democratic nomination.
Indiana Democrats will be facing an existential election this November. Already purged from rural areas and many small to medium-sized cities, holding no Statehouse constitutional offices, only two of 11 federal offices, and with superminority status in the General Assembly, the party has be…
Leave it to Al Roker at the annual White House Easter egg hunt to smoke out President Biden on whether he will seek a second term at age 82. The NBC Today Show weatherman phrased the question as to how many more Easter hunts were in the president’s future.
The ecological balance of our planet has tipped, and the ripple effects have left our ecosystems and human well-being teetering into unprecedented territory. One-quarter of plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and over half of global economic output is dependent on nature.
Connor Sturgeon, a former star athlete at Floyd Central High School, had just shot about a half dozen of his Old National Bank colleagues with his legally purchased AR-15 when he sat in the lobby and waited behind reflective glass for the cops to come. One of the first to respond was 26-year…
For the first time in American history, a former president has been indicted, by a grand jury and district attorney in Manhattan for allegedly making pre-election hush money payoffs to a pornographic actress and a Playboy bunny.
U.S. consumers should be deeply concerned about where energy prices are heading. The worst of the global energy crisis – which drove up the cost of everything from oil and natural gas to electricity – may be over. But new storm clouds are on the horizon.
The toughest job in the world is being president of the United States. And the second? Being the mayor of just about any city.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy sent a clear signal Tuesday: The chances of a debt limit breach and subsequent government default and economic calamity aren’t only very real, but fairly high. Probably higher than 50-50. Maybe a lot higher. And McCarthy has no idea how to get out of it.
To the congressional Republican rank and file, Democrats today are often described as “radical leftists” or “socialists” and even “Marxists.” There have been Hoosier Republicans who described Democrats as partisans who “don’t love our country.”
In March 2022, Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed a transgender athletics bill – a move that quite possibly could end his political career.
March roared in like a lion with heavy rains spread across Indiana. It left rivers swollen with runoff that threatened homeowners’ security and farmers’ livelihoods.
I am a descendent of two Hoosiers who fought in the American Civil War. Two of my great-great-grandfathers enlisted in Indiana regiments to preserve the United States.
When Vice President Joe Biden met with Russian President Putin at the Kremlin in March 2011, he recounted, “I looked into his eyes and I said, ‘I don’t think you have a soul.’”
The fact that there have been 67 mass shooting events in the United States this year by this date (Feb. 16) is ample evidence that something is going terribly wrong. Things are haywire in American society.
Indiana’s political scene is in distinct decline. Our congressional races are no longer competitive in general elections, whereas in past decades there would be half a dozen or so seat changes between Republicans and Democrats. Since the 2011 reapportionment, not a single congressional incum…
Perhaps it was poll after poll showing congressional approval hovering around 18 percent. Or that he never had that horde mentality; Mitch Daniels has been for the past three decades the leader of the pack. Or, perhaps, it was the Cooperstown busts of two native Hoosiers – Major League Baseb…
Indiana should lead the nation in protecting life. Mothers who choose life and families who choose adoption should receive the support they need to provide safe and loving homes to Indiana’s children. That is why we have called for the creation of a Zero Cost Adoption system for the state of…
Although marijuana has medical benefits, it is certainly not a harmless drug, especially for adolescents who can suffer long-term adverse consequences.
I spent my first 10 years living in Michigan City, which is 35 nautical miles from Chicago. I was a Cold War kid. Our bogeyman was Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, who made a lasting impression when he took off his shoe at the United Nations, hammering the podium while threatening…
In the coming days or weeks, Mitch Daniels will make a decision about whether to return to politics by running for the Senate seat Mike Braun is vacating to seek the open governor seat.
When it comes to switching parties, the list is a long one and recently dominated by the Southland, which in the wake of the 1965 Great Society Voting Rights Act prompted an overt migration from the Democratic to the Republican party, as President Lyndon B. Johnson aptly predicted.
When my State Affairs Indiana colleague Kaitlin Lange asked Gov. Eric Holcomb what he was playing on his Spotify music list, he responded, “Feeling Stronger Every Day” by the legendary rock band Chicago.
At last, the Midwest is receiving recognition as the best portion of the nation. America's regional characteristics are remarkably durable, a diversity resistant to dissolution by the mobility of restless Americans, or by cultural homogenization driven by mass media. This especially pleases …
It’s been a little more than three years since Andrew Luck shocked the wide, wide world of sports when he retired as a 29-year-old star seemingly at the top of his game two weeks before the season was to begin.
U.S. Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun began the 117th Congress watching President Trump’s coup d’etat roil the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 with an overt attempt at insurrection.
To understand Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s governing philosophy, one only needs to look south of the Ford Center to the beautiful Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in Evansville that houses the Indiana University School of Medicine’s southernmost regional campus.
In mid-May 2003, in what Howey Politics described as “Mitch Mania during Mitch Week,” it was President George W. Bush who coined the political slogan for a Hoosier generation.
One’s decision to save lives as their own life ends is one of the most selfless acts a person will ever make.
If you live in Carmel or Noblesville, statistically you’ll live about nine years longer than someone in Scottsburg, and about six years longer than a Hoosier living in Gas City.
In gauging the dynamic of Trump/Pence 3.0, look no further than star-struck U.S. Rep. Jim Banks.
Since Thomas Dewey challenged Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency in 1944 I’ve considered myself to be a loyal Republican. Through the intervening decades my loyalty grew as the party continued to be dedicated to limiting the role of government, robust support for defense, fiscal respon…
Nov. 7-13 is recognized as National Nontraditional Students Week, which gives us an opportunity to reflect on how the college experience has changed over the years, and how college can bring value to a wide array of students who may not have considered it a viable option for them.
Indiana remains, essentially, a one-party state after Tuesday’s mid-term election. Republicans are poised to increase their state Senate and House super majorities; they elected Diego Morales as secretary of state by a 14 percent plurality despite numerous allegations of vote fraud and sexua…
In 1970, 75 percent of US House members were veterans. In 1974, 81 percent of US Senators were veterans. These were the peaks for each body. Today, only 17 percent of members of both the House and Senate are veterans. In the entire US population today, only 7 percent are veterans, while less…
What do you get when you cross an elephant with RINO? It’s an ancient joke with a contemporary twist. (The answer: eleph-ino.) But that seems to be the final homestretch tagline from pundits and operatives.
This much is clear less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election: Republican secretary of state nominee Diego Morales is getting historic bad press. You’d have to go back to 2012 to find a statewide candidate – Republican U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock – who has gathered as much negat…
When U.S. Sen. Todd Young debated Democrat nominee Thomas McDermott Jr. and Libertarian James Sceniak last weekend for their only joint appearance, Russia continued to lose in its ill-fated invasion of Ukraine.
Once upon a time if you ran a U.S. Senate race in Indiana, you would spend between $4 million and $5 million, like Evan Bayh did in 1998. By the time Republican Dan Coats sought his return to the Senate in 2010, the number grew to about $6 million.
Our customers rely on I&M to power their everyday lives. This summer’s sweltering heat and major storm systems that swept across the country posed challenges for many electric utilities, including areas served by Indiana Michigan Power.
In 2019, Republican General Assembly leaders declined to pass legislation that would have created an independent redistricting commission. In 2021, they drew congressional and legislative maps that burnished the lopsided GOP advantage that has them controlling 71 of the 100 House seats and 3…
I ran into Mark Souder at the Fort Wayne City-County Building just days before the 1994 Republican 4th Congressional District primary. I didn’t know him very well. I asked him about his prospects. What followed was about a seven-minute instant analysis, going down to a granular, precinct lev…
U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn was at a conference in Hungary when a coup d’etat toppled Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the summer of 1991. A Soviet contact called him. “You’ve got to get over here,” Nunn was told. “Big things are happening; great opportunities and huge dangers.”
During the closing minutes of a podcast with The Bulwark’s Mona Charen last week, Mitch Daniels once again speculated on his tombstone epitaph: “He raised four wonderful daughters and reformed the BMV.” By Sunday, the Frugal Hoosiers for Mitch Twitter feed appeared to revise its intent: “#ru…
On Sept. 15, about five weeks after the male-dominated Indiana General Assembly passed and Gov. Eric Holcomb signed some of the most sweeping abortion restrictions in the nation, SEA1 goes into effect.
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