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How and why a national wave election translates (or doesn’t) in Indiana

National chatter about a potential wave election has persisted since at least the spring of 2017, and conventional wisdom for the past 18 months or so has been that Democrats will take control of the U.S. House, but struggle to take control of the U.S. Senate because they have to play too much defense. As […]

A quick look at U.S. Supreme Court Justices from Indiana

With the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, speculation is mounting that Seventh Circuit Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is on a short list of potential replacements. Because Barrett lives in Indiana and teaches law at the University of Notre Dame, this speculation is especially ramped up in the Hoosier state. This begs the […]

The close convention upset that history mostly forgot

For political junkies, it’s the 1968 Indiana Republican Convention that best exemplifies a sort of golden era of state convention floor fights. The gubernatorial battle on the GOP side that year is well-remembered because it was a hotly contested race between the sitting Secretary of State (Edgar Whitcomb) and the sitting Speaker of the Indiana […]

What’s different about modern conventions?

When the Indiana Republican and Democratic parties meet this weekend and next, respectively, for biennial state conventions, the main attraction of each will be the selection of candidates for secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer. Then again, these may only be main attractions in the nominal sense as both parties have unopposed slates […]

Historical Odds and Ends: What’s old is new again

As we’ve watched political events in Indiana unfold over the past few weeks (and really, as we’ve watched them unfold nationally over the past few years) there’s a temptation to suggest that we’re witnessing things that have never happened before, that we’re in a uniquely historical time in our politics. But with more than 200 […]

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