Republicans have such a strong grip on Indiana – holding the governor’s office and super majorities in both legislative chambers – that it is difficult to see beyond the fact. It sometimes feels as though it must have always been so and always will be so.

A reminder: It’s true that the Indiana Senate has been virtually an impregnable GOP fortress – Democrats last controlled it in the late 1970s. But the governor’s office has changed parties often, and Democrats have been highly competitive for House seats. It was just back in 2010 when they last ran it, and if we go back to 1992 (the history covered by Ballotpedia), they’ve actually held it 15 times to the Republicans’ 14.

Leo Morris, columnist for The Indiana Policy Review, is winner of the Hoosier Press Association’s award for Best Editorial Writer. Morris, as opinion editor of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, was named a finalist in editorial writing by the Pulitzer Prize committee. Contact him at

leoedits@yahoo.com.

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