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GUEST COMMENTARY: 1853 model no longer fit for government

GUEST COMMENTARY: 1853 model no longer fit for government

“We’ve got to stop governing like this.”

12 hours ago
RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels will tell you one of his proudest accomplishments was his appointment of former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard to chair the Local Government Study Commission.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

Pence backs study of county government reforms

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are expected to study the structure of Indiana county government this summer with an eye toward establishing a single county executive.

April 28, 2013 1:03 am Related

House backs study on structure of county government

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House wants to take another look at county government reforms recommended by the 2007 Kernan-Shepard Report on streamlining local government.

March 28, 2013 3:39 pm

Pence inauguration to focus on 'Indiana's moment'

INDIANAPOLIS | A new era in Indiana history begins Monday when Republican Mike Pence is sworn in as the state's 50th governor.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Daniels era has obliterated Indiana Democrats

BRIAN HOWEY: Daniels era has obliterated Indiana Democrats

From a political perspective, the decade-long "Mitch Daniels era" has been devastating for Indiana Democrats.

December 23, 2012 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: The forging of the gender trend line

BRIAN HOWEY: The forging of the gender trend line

It was one of the most utterly painful political episodes I have ever had to watch as a political writer.

May 27, 2012 12:00 am
Lake County trained on a new era with ethics sessions

Lake County trained on a new era with ethics sessions

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials have decided to put the fear of God into their employees and each other.

February 05, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Continue working on Shepard's legacy

Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard has been popular, and for good reason. He has worked hard to earn the respect of not just his fellow justices but also the entire legal community in Indiana and other Hoosiers as well.

December 13, 2011 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Urge Daniels to stump for government reform

BRIAN HOWEY: Urge Daniels to stump for government reform

In 2005, we witnessed the extraordinary powers of a governor willing to use his political capital.

December 11, 2011 12:00 am
Shepard optimistic local government reforms will be implemented

Shepard optimistic local government reforms will be implemented

INDIANAPOLIS | Retiring Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard is not dismayed the local government reform plan that bears his name is only partially implemented four years after being released to great fanfare and expectations of immediate change.

December 10, 2011 6:00 pm
DOUG ROSS: Reforming government from within, without

DOUG ROSS: Reforming government from within, without

Joe Kernan is both a former and a reformer. He's an ex-governor and was co-chairman of the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform. He hasn't given up the fight.

October 18, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Here's hoping for efficiency of efficiency committee

MARK KIESLING: Here's hoping for efficiency of efficiency committee

Indiana's state boards and commissions are being asked to justify why they exist.

August 15, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Restructure local government for efficiency

The Griffith Town Council tried unsuccessfully in the 2011 legislative session to get the state's permission to secede from Calumet Township. Now that the frenzied session is over, it's time to look not just at the secession attempt but the reasons behind it.

June 19, 2011 12:00 am

Vi Simpson won't seek Democrats' nomination for governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Democratic leader in the Indiana Senate announced Tuesday she will not seek her party's nomination for governor.

May 24, 2011 4:00 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Gregg-Pence race appears to be shaping up

BRIAN HOWEY: Gregg-Pence race appears to be shaping up

Here we are in the post-Becky Skillman/Jonathan Weinzapfel era of Hoosier gubernatorial politics. So how are things shaping up?

March 27, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government for Internet Age, not frontier days

It's an unfortunate irony that Indiana, with our well-deserved reputation for keeping government lean and accountable, is awash in elected officials and layers of local administration.

January 23, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Re-evaluate arguments for townships

Debates over the role of township governments in Indiana, including whether they should continue to exist, have raged off and on since at least the 1930s. But new sets of data documenting the inefficiency, and often the irrelevance, of townships make it more important than ever to re-evaluat…

January 23, 2011 12:00 am Related

EDITORIAL: Time to end township government

Amid recession, and with property tax caps in place, cities and counties across Indiana have slashed essential services such as police and fire protection. Schools have laid off teachers, increased class sizes and dropped academic programs. Libraries have closed branches and reduced hours of…

January 20, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: We can have a more uniform government for less money

In 2007 a commission chartered by Gov. Mitch Daniels and chaired by former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard issued a report calling for major overhaul of the way Indiana is organized. The commission called for elimination of duplicative and wasteful structures of local gover…

January 20, 2011 12:00 am
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