Gov. Eric Holcomb

Stutzman Resigning From Indiana House, Blames Governor

18 hours ago
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Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) announced Tuesday she is resigning her seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. And she’s blaming Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Holcomb And His Wife Test Negative For COVID-19

Nov 20, 2020

Late Friday Indiana's Governor's office released information indicating that testing on Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife for COVID-19 has come back negative. The couple went into quarantine Tuesday after learning members of their security detail had tested postive for COVID-19. 

Holcomb's January 2021 Inauguration Impacted By COVID-19

Nov 20, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The start of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s second term in January won’t include any large public celebrations because of coronavirus concerns. The Republican governor entered office in 2017 with an inaugural ball at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis and an inauguration ceremony attended by about 2,000 people at the state fairgrounds coliseum. But the state Republican Party chairman says now isn't the right time to celebrate Holcomb's landslide reelection.

(Courtesy of Governor Holcomb's office)

Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Katie Jenner as Indiana's first-ever appointed education secretary. Holcomb announced his pick for the state's top school official in a statement Thursday.

Indiana Gov. Holcomb In Quarantine

Nov 17, 2020


NEW (Nov. 18): In spite of being in quarantine, Gov. Holcomb participated by phone in the weekly Indiana COVID-19 update. He said that so far he and his wife who is also in quarantine are feeling fine. However, he says that some of the members of his security detail who tested positive are displaying symptoms. 

You can watch the news conference where the governor spoke below.

Wednesday Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he would be signing an Executive Order calling for tighter restrictions to try and curb the surge of COVID-19. As of Friday he has signed the order. The new guidelines take effect Sunday. 

Fight Looms Over Limiting Indiana Governor's Emergency Power

Nov 7, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb withstood criticism over his use of state emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, cruising to a resounding reelection victory.  But Holcomb will likely face a similar debate with fellow Republicans when they return to the Statehouse for the upcoming legislative session. Many conservatives across the state argue Holcomb has infringed on individual rights with a statewide mask mandate and executive orders forcing the closure of businesses during the early weeks of the pandemic.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The day after a landslide reelection victory, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s not making any changes to policy on handling COVID-19, a major point of contention on the campaign trail. There’s “no truth” to rumors that Indiana will shut down again after the election, he said during a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the pandemic. The defense comes the same day state health officials say Indiana’s newly reported COVID-19 cases have risen to their highest single-day level of the pandemic.

Republican Holcomb Wins Reelection As Indiana Governor

Nov 3, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb insists Hoosiers are safe at polling places across the state amid the ongoing pandemic. That’s despite a record new number of COVID-19 cases, long lines at the polls and some county clerks who refuse to follow Holcomb’s mask-wearing order.

Ground Broken On South Shore Expansion

Oct 29, 2020

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on an expansion of the South Shore commuter rail line through part of western Lake County. Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday that the 8-mile line that will extend from Dyer to Hammond and connect to Chicago will be the largest public transit investment in Indiana history. Holcomb calls it "a game changer for northwest Indiana and the entire state.” The project includes four new stations: two in Hammond, one in Munster and one at the border of Munster and Dyer.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s challengers – Democrat Dr. Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater – were on the attack in the last gubernatorial debate before Election Day.


NEW (Oct. 27):

The three candidates for Indiana governor are meeting for their last televised debate Tuesday night, one week ahead of Election Day.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb insists there is no need to reimpose statewide COVID-19 restrictions.


Much of the emphasis Indiana officials are focusing on now in the response to COVID-19 is on the state's nursing homes. The National Guard will be sent into nursing homes starting in November to help staff the facilities. The Guard will begin by going to nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks and ultimately be at all 435 of the state's facilities. 

Nursing homes account for more than half of Indiana’s COVID-19 deaths. COVID cases and deaths are surging at nursing homes as the state infection rate spikes.

Screenshot from video news conference held May 1, 2020

At 2:30 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other Hoosier state officials will provide a briefing regarding the latest details of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

You can listen live on 88.1 WVPE.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb defended his job performance Tuesday in the first of two gubernatorial debates this year. His challengers, Democrat Dr. Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, assailed Holcomb’s record – but from sharply different angles.

Gov. Holcomb Tests Negative For COVID-19

Oct 15, 2020
Screenshot from Vimeo of news conference held Oct. 14, 2020

Gov. Holcomb's spokesperson has announced that Holcomb has tested negative for COVID-19. He was being tested after the Indiana Health Commissioner tested positive.

Holcomb: Indiana Staying At Stage 5 With Face Coverings, Dr. Box Has COVID-19

Oct 14, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb and state officials announced that in spite of surging COVID-19 cases, the state will remain at Stage 5 in the reopening plan with face masks still required. This will be in place through mid-November, however, Gov. Holcomb says he will revisit this next week. 

Today Dr. Kris Box, the state's top health official, announced she has tested positive for COVID-19. Her daughter and grandson have the virus as well. Gov. Holcomb and other state officials will be tested for COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon as a precaution following Box's positive test. Holcomb says he will quarantine until he gets the results of his test. Box says she is asymptomatic so far. 

Holcomb says that large gatherings aren't the problem, but rather small gatherings like weddings, funerals, house parties, etc. He says Hoosiers becoming complacent about the virus is the "literal definiation of whistling past the graveyard." He also said that "wearing a mask is a lay up." 

He says that the state will be putting more effort toward trying to help counties that are in orange or red on the state's COVID-19 map. As of Wednesday, counties in our area that are now in orange include Elkhart, LaGrange, Kosciusko and Starke. Supports that may be offered to such counties include help with more testing and contact tracing. 

State health officials also announced there has been a technical issue with the dashboard and there may be a surge of unreported numbers coming in the future. 


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration is holding off on releasing a report with recommendations on teacher salaries until after the Nov. 3 election. The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission was selected in February 2019 to examine long-term solutions for increasing educator pay. Before the pandemic, a 60-page draft report had been expected this summer. Chairman Michael Smith says that it wouldn’t be fair to release the report that consists of more than 40 suggestions because of the state’s fragile economic predicament.

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For consecutive days, Indiana logged record numbers of new COVID-19 cases on the state’s dashboard, but that's not prompting a policy response from the governor.

Friday, more than 1,832 cases were counted, an increase of nearly 400 from Thursday's record high.

(Alan Mbathi/IPB News)

The 2020 Indiana governor’s race always looked like an uphill battle for the challengers, Democrat Dr. Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater. A global pandemic likely only made it harder.


The 2020 campaign for Indiana governor – like so much of people’s lives – has been overtaken by concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests over racial injustice and police violence. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith sat down with each candidate to discuss the race's big issues.

(Alan Mbathi/IPB News)

The 2020 campaign for Indiana governor – like so much of people’s lives – has been overtaken by concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests over racial injustice and police violence. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith sat down with each candidate to discuss the race's big issues.

(Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

While Gov. Eric Holcomb stresses the state is ready to re-open, many local health officials aren’t convinced.

For weeks, the state has blamed coronavirus spread on younger people attending bars, nightclubs and parties.  However, yesterday, Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box shifted their rhetoric.

“We have proven effectively—whether it be at schools or businesses—that you can operate safely and manage your interaction,” Holcomb said.

(Alan Mbathi/IPB News)

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have huge implications for the future of reproductive rights and access to abortion.

Screenshot via Vimeo news conference

Indiana will move to Stage 5 in the reopening plan as of Saturday, Sept. 26. 

What that means is that the face mask order is still in effect. But there are no limits on capacity for places like bars and restaurants (other than needing to continue to social distance.) Patrons at those establishments must be seated. 

Events with more than 500 people must get approval from local health departments to proceed. 


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Discontent among some conservatives about Gov. Eric Holcomb's statewide mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions poses a possible disruption to his reelection campaign. Some longtime reliable Republican voters complain Holcomb’s coronavirus orders have been “overbearing" and say they intend to support Libertarian candidate Donald Rainwater. Holcomb defends the mask order has helping keep the coronavirus spread in check.

(Courtesy of Indiana University and Purdue University)

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he talked with the presidents of Purdue and Indiana University ahead of the decision to resume Big Ten football this fall.

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Indiana won’t participate in the payroll tax deferral for state workers offered by President Donald Trump last month.