As Indiana’s reserves dwindle toward zero and federal stimulus money disappears, trying to keep political debate friendly
and the budget in the black will be quite a challenge. Half a year before they must craft the next state budget, Democrats
and Republicans already are squabbling.
BP's employee political action committee donated nearly $24,000 to Indiana legislative candidates in June, but not everyone
wants to cash the checks after the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Democrats picked Vop Osili over Carmel attorney Tom McKenna. He'll face Fishers Town Councilman Charlie White in November.
Mark Rutherford wants America’s third-largest political party to make inroads by showing competence at the grassroots level
Both Democrats seeking their party's nomination for Indiana secretary of state are critics of the state's voter identification
law, which they would have a role in enforcing as the top state election official.
State political parties launch lobbyistdancoats.com and badforindiana.com to criticize Senate candidates Dan Coats and Brad
Ellsworth. Both dismiss the other side's website as a political distraction.
The low turnout could be due in part to the number of people who sought ballots early this year. More than 96,000 early and
absentee ballots were issued statewide.
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions
on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector
tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.