Indianapolis Business Journal

MAY 1-7, 2020

The novel coronavirus has much of our attention for the time being, but there are more high-stakes decisions to make on the horizon. Republican Congresswoman Susan Brooks isn't seeking reelection this year, which has led to a deluge of candidates in the 5th District. Fifteen of them are in the GOP, and Lindsey Erdody has profiled each one while also outlining what is so different about this year's election. (The Democrats are next week.) Also in this week's issue, John Russell delves into the growing effort to beat back the coronavirus by tracing the personal contacts of people who have tested positive. And Samm Quinn explores the mounting crisis of unpaid apartment rent as millions of Hoosier file for initial unemployment benefits every week.

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Steak n Shake outlook goes from bad to much worse

Rating agencies, which already ranked Steak n Shake on the lowest rungs of their creditworthiness ladders, further sounded the alarm bells in recent weeks after Steak n Shake paid off some of its debt at a discount—something a lender never would agree to if it thought it was going to be paid in full.

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Micah Beckwith

Micah Beckwith regularly shoots Facebook Live videos talking about his political concerns. One common theme—he’s worried about government taking freedoms away from citizens.

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Andrew Bales

Andrew Bales, a retired teacher and army veteran, is a candidate in the Republican primary in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.

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Carl Brizzi

Carl Brizzi says he’s worried about people losing the ability to share their opinions freely, and that, if people can’t have thoughtful, honest discussions, everyone will end up in echo chambers.

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Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell loves her job as state treasurer, but says she’s worried about the future of the country, so she decided to run for Congress.

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Beth Henderson

As a kid, Beth Henderson loved horses, so maybe it’s appropriate that the horses she owns now with her husband have become the best-known parts of her campaign for Congress.

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Victoria Spartz

Victoria Spartz never wanted to work for the government. But she became frustrated with government regulations, so she got involved with the Republican Party to do something about it.

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