An Indiana law that prevents Medicaid dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, an abortion provider, runs afoul of Medicaid law, the Obama administration says. A long legal battle could be ahead, with other states watching to see if they can follow suit.
Compromises on several Republican-backed initiatives led the 39 Indiana Democrats to return home Monday, and the state's House met in session for the first time in five weeks.
In Indiana, Democratic state legislators are balking at the Republicans' entire agenda – not just a single bill, as was the case in Wisconsin. That has made compromise difficult.
Grassroots efforts are under way to draft rock musician John Mellencamp as a replacement for retiring Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.
Sen. Evan Bayh's last-minute announcement that he won't run for reelection means state party leaders will have to find a candidate. In Indiana, whoever that is will have to be a relatively conservative Democrat who can work with Republicans.
Obama and Clinton are in a tight race heading into the May 6 contest.