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GOP, Democratic leaders find common ground in Holcomb’s address

By Shelby Mullis and Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Both Democratic and Republican leaders found optimism in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, thought the governor did well in his address Tuesday night. “He really hit on a […]

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Designated tweeters deliver running commentary for State of the State

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In addition to print, TV and radio reporters covering Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address Tuesday night, five people sat in the audience with their fingers flying. Those five individuals — including talk radio host Tony Katz and Gina Leckron, state director for Habitat for Humanity […]

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State of the State: Holcomb lays out vision for first year

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Eric Holcomb called for a pay raise for the Indiana State Police Tuesday at his first State of the State address, which got him a standing ovation from his audience of lawmakers, state officials, and friends and family. “One fundamental obligation of government is to take care of those […]

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GOP leaders respond to 2016 State of the State address

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Republican leaders followed Gov. Mike Pence’s lead in not defining a hard stance on LGBT issues but focused more on the issues of drugs, roads and education. “He talked about the LGBT issue,” Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “It’s been long awaited to have […]

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Democratic leaders criticize Pence’s lack of leadership

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Democratic leaders had nothing positive to say about Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State address Tuesday night. “I wanted to look for some things to say nice about the governor’s speech and look for some areas of agreement and commonality. And I regret that I can’t find anything. It […]

Commentary: Obama, Pence and a moment in the spotlight

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Commentary: Obama, Pence and a moment in the spotlight

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Barack Obama and Mike Pence are two different, different men. The president of the United States, a Democrat, and the governor of Indiana, a Republican, came to their big speeches – the State of the Union and the State of the State – with similar challenges. Both find themselves […]

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Pence promises to protect religious freedom in State of the State

  By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In his fourth State of the State address on Tuesday evening, Gov. Mike Pence touted 2015 as “a year of progress” for the state of Indiana, but supporters of LGBT rights were left frustrated. “I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or […]

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Live tweets add a little zing to Pence address

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — If the live feed of the governor’s State of the State address was too dry to swallow, viewers had a fiery alternative in the live tweets offered by a handful of Hoosiers. The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus and House Republican Caucus relinquished hold of their twitter reigns and allowed a few […]

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Democrats pan Pence proposal for balanced budget amendment

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, called the governor’s plan for a balanced budget constitutional amendment “a solution in search of a problem.” Just minutes after Republican Gov. Mike Pence finished his third State of the State address, Pelath and other Democrats all but dismissed his idea. “We’ve […]

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Photo gallery: Pence delivers third State of State address

In his third State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called for a balanced budget amendment that he says will protect Indiana from a possible economic downturn and will show Hoosiers their tax dollars are being spent wisely. Read the story here.

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