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On this week’s program, we’ll hear from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for the State of the State address and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush for the State of the Judiciary. 

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On tonight’s program, we’ll hear from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for the State of the State address and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush for the State of the Judiciary. Both addresses were recorded earlier this month and will cover a variety of topics such as the creation of regional drug and veteran courts, workforce development to fill thousands of vacancies in the state, and infrastructure improvements on track to be completed in coming years.

Part One: State of the State

Part Two: State of the Judiciary

Courtesy/U.S. Sen. Dan Coats

U.S. Senator Dan Coats says he wants to take the politics out of appointing federal judges, proposing a bipartisan commission to fill vacancies. Indiana’s federal system has three vacancies, with another on the way.

To fill judicial vacancies at the federal level, U.S. Senators submit recommendations to the president, who then submits a candidate for nomination to the Senate. 

Senator Coats says the system is fraught with politics, particularly when, as in Indiana, the two senators are from different parties.