2019 General Assembly session

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Today:   an at-length conversation with Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.  He talks about the latest developments on bills moving through the General Assembly that affect his city, its businesses and residents.  That includes tax incentives to create the Digital Crossroads of America data center on Hammond's lakefront and how the Gary economic development and casino license changes will affect Hammond's and other communities' own casinos.  Mayor McDermott also talks about ongoing discussions to create a regional convention center and how the end of property tax caps will affect the city of H

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Today:   On this "Reporters Roundtable," "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda join us to talk about the stories that they covered and put out in print and online.  Meredith's stories include a Lake Ridge Schools student who's been honored for her volunteer work.  Carole has the latest from the Legislature on the Buffington Harbor economic development bill for the city of Gary and about the Gary public housing project contractors cited by HUD for pay violations.  Greg's covered Gary Common Council and he tells us about his stories.  And Lakeshore Pub

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Today:   Todd Zeiger,  the northern Indiana director of Indiana Landmarks is with us to talk about the offer that the non-profit preservation group is offering, in partnership with the National Park Service, to make the famous "House of Tomorrow" in Beverly Shores available for a 50-year lease to a party that will undertake its restoration.  The "House" is one of five "Century of Progress" homes brought over to Indiana in 1934, when the Chicago World's Fair closed.  Four of the homes have already been restored.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean

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Today:    On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we have three "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters to talk their stories in print and posted online.  Statehouse reporter Dan Carden has a lot of stories from the General Assembly session to review, including the latest on economic development efforts in Hammond and Gary.  Bill Dolan talks about a last-minute candidate to the Gary mayoral race and a Lake County Council meeting that was puncuated by a testy exchange of words between a new Councilman and the County Sheriff.  And business reporter Joseph Pete has updates about steel, a his

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Today:    Andy Downs, the Executive Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, is with us to bring us up-to-date with the work underway at the Statehouse, as the 2019 General Assembly continues.  He focuses today on the big topics, including State Senator Eddie Melton's measures on economic development for the city of Gary.  We also talk with Philip McCandies,  the new regional business development officer for the Community Investment Fund of Indiana.  He is based in Hammond.  CIFI provides financial assistance to small businesses, many of which

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Today:   A conversation with Hoosier Environmental Council's Kim Ferraro, the agricultural policy director and chief attorney, about HB1378 that would, if passed into law, close some serious gaps in state environmental law about "factory farm" pollution.  Reps. Tom Saunders and Sue Errington co-sponsor the measure that is up for House Environmental Policy Committee review on February 13th.  Natural Prairie Dairy in Newton County and other similar operations around the state would come under the measure.

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable, we have conversations with reporter Michael Hawthorne of the "Post-Tribune" and "Chicago Tribune," CNHI newspapers group Statehouse Bureau chief Scott Miley and Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.  We also bring back our conversation with Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the "Indiana Political Insight" and "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletters in Indianapolis.  The newsletters are now owned by Hannah News Service.

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Today:   Ed Feigenbaum, the editor of the "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Legislative Insight" newsletters for Hannah News Service, joins us to talk about two measures in the 2019 General Assembly -- one, supporting changes toward economic development for the city of Gary and the other, that focuses on changes on Indiana gaming.  The first bill is sponsored by Gary state Senator Eddie Melton, and Ed talks about its complexity and the chances it has of becoming law.

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Today:  The issue of homelessness in northwest Indiana is far from going away, so we bring back our conversation with Marcus Martin, an East Chicago resident with "Grace Beyond Borders Northwest Indiana,"  a non-profit organization with a mission of combating homelessness in the region.  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer helps us get ready for all of the changes that we'll face in preparing our income tax returns this year. 

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, "Times" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden and "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete talk about the stories they're put out in print and online.  Greg Tejeda with the "Post-Tribune" also offers his stories on Gary city government and about the new candidates on the city's primary election ballot.  And Becca Costello with the Indiana Public Media digital team tells us about her ongoing series of website stories drawn from a Hoosier Civil War soldier's diary entries.  Peter J Matthews served in a regimental band and documented his daily experience

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Today:    Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, is with us to talk about the advocacy organization's lobbying efforts with state legislators to make sure that the Indiana Department of Transportation continues to support the "Hoosier State" and other regional passenger rail services. Hoosier lawmakers are working on a new two-year state budget this session.

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Members of legislative ethics committees met as session began to, as they described it, “get up to speed” on the development of a sexual harassment policy for the General Assembly.

Today:    One of the major programs for Lake Area United Way is to help working-poor families affordable healthcare and livage-wage jobs.  We bring back our conversation with the United Way's chief executive Lisa Daugherty on the goals in 2019.  We also have "Howey Politics Indiana" creator Brian Howey with the big Indiana political stories of 2018 and on how the 2019 General Assembly session will look, with the issues and personalities involved.  State Rep.

Today:   Three newly-elected northwest Indiana state lawmakers are getting ready to attend their first General Assembly session next month.  We bring back our individual "Regionally Speaking" conversations with Lisa Beck (D-19), Chris Chyung (D-15) and Carolyn Jackson (D-1) after their November 6th general election victories. 

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Today:   Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman joins us in the studio to talk about --among other topics -- a look at some of the issues that could come up in the next General Assembly session, including Indiana teachers' pay, as well as the latest on the "Can We Talk" series of discussions leading toward the creation of a trauma center in Gary and "NWI Resistance's" proposed billboard against illegal immigration flights out of Gary-Chicago International Airport.  We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University -- and Hoosier Environmental Council attorney

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest history professor emeritus James Lane joins us in the studio to talk about the book he's co-authored with Ronald Cohen: "Gary -- A Pictorial History," now in its third edition.  Professor Lane says the book is now up-to-date, including events in the Steel City into the 21st Century.   We also talk with Indiana state Senator Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores) about the bill he's co-authoring to address "bias" in more comprehensive terms than stated in current Indiana law.

Today:   Lake County Coronor Merilee Frey spoke to a local group about the area's opioid crisis and we bring you the conversation we had with her after the meeting. A little later in the program, we have another new Indiana state legislator from northwest Indiana -- State Rep. Carolyn Jackson (D-1), who defeated Libertarian Party candidate Donna Dunn in the Nov. 6 general election to represent residents of sections of Hammond and Whiting.  She talks about the issues she raised during the campaign that got her elected, many of which she says came from residents she spoke with.

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Today:   Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr joins us to talk about the work that his drainage crews've done in clearing away more debris this summer and autumn that was clogging some of the county's drainage ditches.  His department is responsible for managing more than 600 miles of waterways outside the cities and towns and in unincorporated Lake County townships.  Cleaner ditches means less possibility of flooding.  Emerson also says the efficient use of his crews saved taxpayers thousands of dollars this year.  Later, another conversation with a new member of the Lake County legislativ

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Today:   An extended conversation with one of the new state legislators, State Rep. Lisa Beck (D-19), who joined her northwest Indiana colleagues for swearing-in and Organization Day at the Statehouse, in advance of the 2019 General Assembly session.   We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Lauri Keagle is in once again for host Carl Lisek, with a conversation with John Scharingson, the Executive Director, Sales & Marketing at the Renewable Energy Group.

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Today:  an extended conversation with State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) about the 2018 General Assembly session just ended, a look at the upcoming short, special session next month, and a peek at what Melton may bring to the Legislature in 2019.  We also note what the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has a  series of town hall meetings this month, including this coming Saturday in East Chicago.

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