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.
Three legislative staffers and a state lawmaker say Curtis Hill groped them at a party in March. The governor and state legislative leaders have called for him to step down. Hill says he won't quit.
A week after signing a religious freedom bill into law, Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a new bill — one aimed at quelling the firestorm of controversy that erupted over the original.
As concerns grow that the law is a license to discriminate, GOP lawmakers are seeking clarification for the measure. Democrats say that doesn't go far enough, calling for full repeal of the law.
The Indiana GOP now has a stranglehold on state government, with supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly and conservative Republican Mike Pence headed to the governor's mansion. But Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship as they handle unchecked legislative power for the next two years. Will they be able to resist the urge to shove through their agenda?