Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Politics & Government
3:28 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Tea Party group supports Pence tax cut

Chase Downham

Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut.  The organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.

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News
4:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Donnelly weighs in on military suicide prevention

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly said he wants greater focus on preventing suicide among active-duty military service-members and veterans which includes increasing outreach to vets.

Last year, more combat troops took their own lives than died in combat in Afghanistan.  And Sen. Donnelly said 43 % of service members who committed suicide never sought help.  He said trying to combat the problem of military and veteran suicide needs to involve erasing the stigma of seeking help.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Pence and Donnelly weigh in on Sequestration

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly said it appears sequestration cuts will go into effect before a deal is reached in Congress, but negotiations won’t stop with the Friday deadline.  Governor Mike Pence said the state is planning for the cuts.

The automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration could include $32 million in education cuts in Indiana, 11,000 furloughed civilian workers from the state’s defense sector and cuts to money for child immunizations and domestic violence prevention. 

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Politics & Government
11:26 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Abortion bill amended to eliminate 2nd ultrasound

Legislation regulating how abortion clinics dispense abortion-inducing drugs no longer requires an ultrasound after the drug is taken. But Democrats say an amendment made to the bill Monday isn’t good enough.

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Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Proposed Democrat budget defeated in House

House Democrats offered their own budget proposal Thursday, including increased K-12 education funding and a progressive tax cut.  But the House rejected the proposal with a vote along party lines.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said at the start of session one of the minority’s responsibilities was to provide alternatives to Republican initiatives. 

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Politics & Government
5:27 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

House GOP rejects Pence tax cut vote

Governor Mike Pence’s proposed 10% income tax cut was denied an up-or-down vote on the House floor Thursday when House Republicans used parliamentary procedure to deny a Democratic amendment.

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Politics & Government
6:40 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Senate committee wants stricter regulation on abortion drug

Proposed legislation that passed a Senate committee Wednesday places stricter regulation on the dispensing of the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 and the clinics that provide it. 

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Politics & Government
11:04 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Synthetic drugs bill passes Indiana senate

State lawmakers hope the third time’s the charm as they seek to eliminate the sale and use of synthetic drugs, often referred to as bath salts.

This year marks the third consecutive session with legislation outlawing synthetic drugs.  But Indianapolis Republican Jim Merritt – who has shepherded the effort in the Senate all three years – says state lawmakers and law enforcement know much more now and believe they’ve hit on a lasting solution. 

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Politics & Government
11:48 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Ways and Means approves GOP budget

The House Ways and Means committee approved the House GOP budget proposal Monday and is expected to move the budget bill to the full House Tuesday.  But Democrats say there’s still more work to do.

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Politics & Government
1:34 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

No sign of tax cut in proposed state budget

The House Republican budget does not include Governor Mike Pence’s proposed 10% income tax cut. But House Democratic leaders are promising the cut will get an up or down vote on the House floor.

The House GOP budget, which will be publicly presented to the Ways and Means committee Monday, includes significant increases in education and roads funding.  But it leaves out Governor Pence’s tax cut, and does not assume there will be any taxpayer refund at the end of the budget cycle. 

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