A local nonprofit has made Indy a national model for education reform—gaining unprecedented power along the way. But behind every success the group’s approach has helped fund lies a debate: Should outside parties have this much influence on public schools?
Countrified, commonsensical, pragmatic, average, “basketball-crazed”—Indiana is one of only a handful of states with its own distinct brand, one that may not be sexy, but has proven powerful and dynamic enough to endure for two centuries. Too bad it barely captures the state’s true complexity.
The closing of the Indianapolis Press Club marked the end of an era when journalists openly caroused with politicos, celebrities, and one another. Ten years later, photos recall an institution that for all its off-color moments—the copious consumption of liquor, the scantily clad women—brought together public servants and the people who covered them in a way that is rarer today.
Outside of his home district in Northern Indiana, congressman Joseph S. Donnelly Sr. was a relative unknown—until an upset election victory over Richard Mourdock thrust him into a Senate seat and the national spotlight.