• How to tell if Congress is finally working again

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate appropriation bills rather than using omnibus bills, and letting committees lead on legislation rather than hoarding all power in the leadership offices.

  • County officials attend legislative conference


    INDIANAPOLIS – Perry County Auditor Pam Goffinet, Assessor Mendy Lassaline and county council members Danny Bolin, Jody French and Ron Crawford were among about 300 county officials from around the state who attended the Association of Indiana Counties’  2016 County Legislative Conference.

  • Council approves possible funds advance; manufacturer’s abatement

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Council acted on several issues at its members’ Jan. 28 meeting. The group voted to authorize County Auditor Pam Goffinet to acquire temporary financial advancements from the debt-services detention center fund. That money can be used to help stabilize health and cumulative-capital accounts when balances run low.

    Goffinet explained the county annually seeks similar transfers and the money is repaid when it receives disbursement of funds in the spring and fall.

  • My legislative priorities

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    The 2016 legislative session is underway, and the House Republican agenda is taking shape. This session, lawmakers are tasked with addressing Indiana’s transportation infrastructure needs, finding ways to attract and retain great teachers in our classrooms and working to combat the meth and heroin epidemics in our state.

  • County surveyor race to offer election rematch

    PERRY COUNTY – Incumbent Democrat Zac DeSpain and Republican David Lynch, have filed for the office of county surveyor.

    As of last Friday’s filing deadline, they were the only two candidates to file for that office. They will face each other in November’s general election.

    The deadline to file for May’s primary was noon, Feb. 5.

    The filings mark a rehash of the race DeSpain and Lynch pitted against each other 4 years ago when they both sought the office. DeSpain narrowly won the 2012 election.

  • Hauser, Greer file for county council seats


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Former Perry County Commissioner Tom Hauser and political newcomer John Greer have declared their candidacies for county council at-large seats. As of Friday, Hauser was the lone Republican vying for one of three at-large council seats. Greer is running as a Democrat.

    Hauser could square off in the November general election against three Democrat filers, hopefuls Brad Franzman, Greer and incumbent Steve Goodson.

  • Bill would promote savings accounts for disabled Hoosiers

    Erin Houchin

    State Senator District 47


    Most financial advisers recommend saving approximately three to six months of expenses in case of unexpected emergencies. This session, I am working to advance legislation that would help disabled Hoosiers build a healthy savings account.

  • What will it take to address income inequality

    Lee Hamilton

    Thoughts on Congress


    When the history of this year’s presidential campaign is written, one of its more remarkable features will be that candidates of both parties feel it necessary to talk about income inequality. Surely that makes this a watershed moment.

  • Dr. Richard Moss to run for 8th Congressional District seat

    JASPER –  Dr. Richard Moss of Jasper has announced he will seek the nomination as representative for Indiana’s 8th Congressional District in the May 3 Republican primary. 

    He believes Republican leadership in Washington has strayed from the voters that sent them there. The American people gave the Republican Party both houses of Congress and large majorities of governorships and state legislatures, a stunning repudiation of President Barack Obama.

  • Provide your input on issues facing the General Assembly

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    The Indiana General Assembly convened last week for the 2016 legislative session. As we begin this session, I look forward to hearing from you, the residents of Senate District 47, about what issues matter most to you. As your representative in Indianapolis, your opinions matter to me. It is my priority to make sure I am fully informed so you may remain well represented in the Senate.