The governor also signed legislation that will eventually put more money into the state’s unemployment trust fund, a move that comes as the coronavirus outbreak has led to a jump in unemployment claims.
Congressional rescue talks churn as crisis deepens
Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House churned into the night Sunday over a now nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package. The draft aid bill was declared insufficient by Democrats, who argued it was tilted toward corporations.Read More
Democratic candidate for governor says state should tap cash reserves to fight coronavirus
Candidate Woody Myers on Tuesday issued his own plan for dealing with the outbreak, which includes spending some of the state’s surplus revenue and bringing state lawmakers back for a special session.Read More
Coronavirus concerns start to impact primary election season
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana, the primary election season may look different than normal as candidates cancel in-person events and organizers of public forums and debates opt for no audiences.Read More
UPDATE: Indiana House leadership changes as session nears end
House Speaker Brian Bosma, the longest-serving House speaker in state history, stepped down Monday and was replaced by Rep. Todd Huston.Read More
Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chairman John Zody announced the agreement Friday morning.
The governor said the decision will be up to Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican who oversees the Indiana Election Division.
The party leaders did not suggest any delay in the May 5 primary itself.
Health care stocks led the market’s spurt Wednesday after a strong performance by Joe Biden on Super Tuesday. Among the biggest gainers was Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem Inc., with a stock surge of 13.4%.
Rivals no more, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg united behind Joe Biden’s presidential bid on Monday as the Democratic Party’s moderate wing scrambled to boost the former vice president.
The heated battle for the Democratic nomination for president is raising the prospect that Indiana could have a contested primary on May 5. That could pack a punch for the state’s economy, thanks to campaign events, advertisements and staffing.
Political strategists say it could be impossible to blunt Bernie Sanders as long as a trio of moderate candidates—former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar—stay in the race.
Owens told IBJ on Tuesday that he left his job as CEO of local tech firm SupplyKick in early January in part to focus on his run for governor. Now that he’s not running for governor, he said he hasn’t decided what his next move is.
Dr. Woody Myers’ newly cleared path to the Democratic nomination is a bonus for the Indiana Democratic Party, which will face an uphill battle if it’s going to seriously challenge Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Democrats said the bill would help reverse a decades-long trend of declining union membership. Republicans dismissed the bill as a “political gift to union bosses” that would diminish the rights of workers and employers alike while harming the economy.
The race remained too early to call early Thursday with most votes counted. Meanwhile, Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday that he wants the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass results of the party’s caucus.
President Trump won’t be alone on Indiana’s Republican primary ballot in May. Another presidential hopeful filed his candidacy on Tuesday, according to the Indiana secretary of state’s office.
Supply Kick CEO Josh Owens said the move to suspend his campaign—which comes two days before the candidate filing deadline—lets Woody Myers become the party’s presumptive nominee.
The partisan discord was on vivid display as the first president to campaign for re-election while facing impeachment made his case for another term: Republican legislators chanted “four more years.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech as he ended his address.
Nearly 24 hours after voting concluded, Iowa Democratic Party officials released a partial vote count that showed Pete Buttigieg leading with 26.9%. Bernie Sanders was in second with 25.1%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had 18.3% and former Vice President Joe Biden had 15.6%.
State Rep. Dan Forestal, a Democrat facing charges of drunken driving and impersonating a public servant, said he will not seek re-election so that he can “focus on my mental health.”