Brandon Smith

IPBS Statehouse Reporter

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.

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A Carmel-based nursing home builder is suing the state, seeking to strike down a 2015 moratorium on new nursing home construction in most of the Indiana. 

A 2015 law barred construction of new nursing homes for three years.  Proponents noted that existing nursing homes were far from full. 

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Gov. Mike Pence Friday announced his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), just four days before Indiana’s primary.  Pence was quick to add the caveat that he’ll support whoever the Republican nominee is this fall.

Pence calls Cruz a “principled conservative” who is willing to stand up to party leadership to defend his convictions. 

The governor says he’s not worried his endorsement will alienate some Republican voters.

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On a campaign stop at Purdue University Wednesday, Democrat Bernie Sanders said he’s staying in the presidential race to win it, even after his losses Tuesday make it increasingly unlikely for him to secure the nomination.

Sanders lost four of Tuesday’s five primaries.  But he says he’s in the Hoosier State to win, and he’s staying in the race to become the Democratic nominee for president.

“And with your help, super delegates may well reach the conclusion that Bernie Sanders will be the strongest candidate against Donald Trump or any other Republican,” Sanders says.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made two stops in northern Indiana Tuesday, her first appearances in the state ahead of next week's primary election on May 3. 

Clinton focused on middle class jobs and wages.

At Munster Steel in Hammond, she told a small group of workers and invited guests that revitalizing the manufacturing sector is one of the election’s most important issues.

"I have a plan to invest $10 billion to bring unions, workers, businesses, universities and the government together to create new manufacturing jobs," she says.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says he’s entirely focused on Indiana and what he calls his “head-to-head contest” with Donald Trump. Cruz spent Monday traveling across the Hoosier State after he and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) announced a coordinated plan to prevent Trump from getting the GOP nomination.

Cruz spent Monday throughout southern and central Indiana, his third consecutive day in the state.  That comes as he shifts his resources to the Hoosier State and away from primaries in Oregon and New Mexico. 

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