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IN Focus: Indiana's Week in Politics

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IN Focus: Indiana's Week in Politics

FOX59/CBS4. How will this week's headlines impact you and your family? Every week, we explore the latest news from Washington D.C. and from the Statehouse, with in-depth analysis of Indiana politics from our bi-partisan team of political experts and analy

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​How will this week's headlines impact you and your family? Every week, we explore the latest news from Washington D.C. and from the Statehouse, with in-depth analysis of Indiana politics from our bi-partisan team of political experts and analysts. Get 'IN Focus' on the go and stay tuned for exclusive bonus content toward the end of the podcast.
 
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With free agency and the draft behind us, it’s time to evaluate the AFC South. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including another Colts free agent signing. The trio then discusses takeaways from this week's Colts media sessions (13:48) before diving into the AFC South (18:27). They go team-by-team, analyzing r…
 
It's finally draft week! Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including updates on some receivers rumored to be available via trade. The gang then discusses general manager Chris Ballard's draft history (6:53) and ranks his five draft classes from best to worst (15:13). They then take a look at who national draft …
 
We are just one week away from the NFL Draft! Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news before discussing the possibility of Indianapolis trading for star receiver Deebo Samuel (4:28). The fellas then talk takeaways from what Frank Reich and players had to say during their recent media availability (15:56). Finally, the…
 
Wide receiver is the Colts' biggest area of need as we approach the NFL Draft. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week, including a significant free agent coming to Indianapolis. The gang then discusses the Colts' interest in drafting a quarterback as the team will reportedly visit with two of the top QB p…
 
Have the Colts gotten better this offseason, and if so, how much better? Mike Chappell and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week, including a couple significant retirements and more former Colts leaving for new teams. The duo then grades the Colts' offseason thus far (14:42) and explores how Indianapolis should address remaining issues. …
 
Colts owner Jim Irsay had some telling comments this week at the annual NFL owners' meeting. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including some rule changes and a Colts great being added to the Ring of Honor. The fellas then dive into Irsay's comments (15:24), which centered around Carson Wentz, team chemistry an…
 
The Colts have their quarterback. Mike Chappell and Joe Hopkins begin the show by breaking down the Matt Ryan trade and what to expect from the veteran quarterback. The duo then gives their thoughts on the Deshaun Watson trade (20:28), which in turn sparks another tangent on Ryan (26:01). The fellas also discuss the Colts' salary cap situation (35:…
 
The NFL free agency period is officially open, and with it comes non-stop news. Mike Chappell and Joe Hopkins begin the show by discussing the moves Indianapolis made Monday and Tuesday. The duo was then in the middle of commenting on the Jaguars' spending spree (12:45) when news broke of the Colts landing DE Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Rai…
 
Big changes to gun laws in the Hoosier state will allow for permitless owners. Political figures continue to speak on this matter as the Indiana legislative session wraps. Plus, the Ukraine Crisis continues to spur out of control. Now, congressmen back here at home are worried about the economic effects.…
 
After just one season, the Colts have agreed to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to Washington. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffith and Joe Hopkins jump right in by breaking down the trade from all angles and discussing possible replacements. The gang also gives their thoughts on Jack Doyle's retirement (41:13), reports that Eric Fisher will test free agenc…
 
The NFL Combine is upon us! Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week, including several coaching hires for Indianapolis. The gang then dives into what Chris Ballard and Frank Reich had to say at the Combine (9:30) and highlights some second round draft prospects to keep an eye on (23:29). The fellas also br…
 
The Colts have six offensive linemen set to hit free agency, including starting left tackle Eric Fisher and guard Mark Glowinski. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week. The gang then provides an update on next week's NFL Combine (7:28) and breaks down Indy's options along the offensive line (19:20) as th…
 
Rumors are swirling that the Colts could move on from Carson Wentz after one season in Indianapolis. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show by giving their thoughts on the Super Bowl. The gang then discusses the ongoing turnover within the Colts' coaching staff (6:22), reacts to Reggie Wayne being passed over for Hall of Fame …
 
Protests at the statehouse following debates and votes on education bills. First, we'll talk with senate education chair Jeff Raatz and state senator J.D. Ford about those bills, Next, we'll hear from Indiana house speaker Todd Huston about his recent moves. Finally, we'll discuss the current environment revolving around mask mandates in schools.…
 
Whether at wide receiver or tight end (or both), the Colts need more pass-catching weapons. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with some Super Bowl talk and compare the Rams' and Bengals' team-building process to Indy's. The trio then discusses Gus Bradley and other coaching hires in the AFC South (13:24), makes their pick…
 
First, the state representatives are halfway through their legislative session. We'll sit down 1-on-1 with Todd Rokita and discuss his recent trips to the southern U.S. border. Next, we'll hear about the pursuit for education. We'll talk with the sponsor helping Indiana senators pass this curriculum bill. Finally, we'll hear from U.S. senator Todd …
 
We begin our offseason positional breakdown series by taking a look at how the Colts can make improvements at defensive end, an area that was lacking in 2021. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins kick off the show with news around the league, including the retirement of longtime Colts rival Tom Brady, Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL …
 
The Indiana house of representatives has passed a couple of controversial bills. First, we'll talk with house speaker Todd Huston and senate minority leader Greg Taylor about those disputed bills. After that we'll catch you up on those passed bill and explain what each means for Indiana. Finally, U.S. senator Todd Young talks with us about the tens…
 
The Colts have a long list of players with expiring contracts. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week, including some interesting messages from owner Jim Irsay and the firing of a Colts position coach. The gang then discusses 25 Colts who are set to become free agents (35:38) and debates whether Indianapo…
 
Record breaking covid numbers in the hoosier state! First, we'll sit down with state health experts and discuss those numbers as well as the recently passed house bill 1001 (HB 1001). Next, we'll hear from Indiana's U.S. senators and some representatives about current issues. Issues including H.R. 1001, the Ukraine/Russia crisis, and education free…
 
Before fully shifting into offseason mode, the Blue Zone crew looks back on the wild year that was. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including several members of the Colts' staff interviewing for positions elsewhere. The trio then recaps the 2021 season (16:57) and discusses the strong comments general manager…
 
First, the Biden administration is dealt a loss as the Supreme Court shoots down the vaccine mandate for businesses. We'll hear from local representatives about Indiana's anti-vaccine mandate bill and the progress it has at the statehouse. Next, governor Eric Holcomb delivered his state of the state address. Why does the governor believe Indiana is…
 
Gather 'round listeners. What happened Sunday in Jacksonville was traumatic, but to move forward we must address the past. Joe Hopkins and Mike Chappell briefly recap the Colts' season-ending loss to the Jaguars before giving their reaction (10:46) to one of the worst losses in franchise history. Bless you for listening.…
 
First, we'll discuss reasons for the recent surge in coronavirus cases. Then, we'll hear from state congress members about the vaccine mandate bill being pushed by the Indiana GOP. Next, we'll hear from governor Eric Holcomb and his plans for 2022. Why cutting business taxes, education, and better business practices are his priorities. Finally, Ind…
 
To make the playoffs, the Colts need a win in Jacksonville, a place where Indianapolis hasn't won since 2014. Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including more COVID updates for the Colts. The fellas then preview Sunday's matchup by discussing injuries (15:16), breaking down this Jaguars team (20:48), detailing keys to the gam…
 
New guidance from the CDC starts by reducing the amount of quarantine isolation after a positive test. First, we'll breakdown the new recommendations and then sit down with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Next, what is Indiana's status as omicron cases rise for the new year? We'll discuss comments about covid made by governor Eric Holcomb and attorney general T…
 
The Colts can secure a playoff spot with a win over the Raiders. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with some major news surrounding the NFL's COVID rules and what it means for the players on Indy's ever-evolving COVID list. Chappell then speaks on Ryan Kelly's return to football (16:43). Finally, the gang previews the Col…
 
With COVID-19 cases piling up, the Colts overcame a shorthanded roster to defeat the Cardinals in Arizona. Mike Chappell and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including the latest on the Colts' COVID situation and how it will impact the team moving forward. The duo then recaps the game (9:32), discusses takeaways (25:35) and breaks down the AFC…
 
First, we'll recount the tragic January 6th riots at the U.S. capitol building and the response from Indiana officials after the violent insurrection. Next, there was Indiana representation under the Trump administration, but under the Biden administration as well. We'll look back at our conversations with administration officials with hoosier ties…
 
Can the Colts stay hot in Arizona on Christmas Day? Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including a couple Colts receiving some recognition. The trio then previews the game by discussing injuries (13:43), breaking down this Cardinals team (21:09), detailing keys to the game (47:18) and making predictions (53:17).…
 
First, we'll update you on the recent covid numbers. Next, we'll continue our interview with governor Eric Holcomb as big issues are being pushed forward at the state house. The rising crime numbers in our state and the ongoing debate about vaccine mandates are major topics as state congressmen prepare for the 2022 session. Also, we'll talk with de…
 
The Colts come out of their bye to take on the top-seed Patriots on Saturday night. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news, including a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases around the NFL. The gang then breaks down the AFC Playoff picture (13:39), where a lot of movement has taken place. The fellas then preview the game…
 
First, we'll talk with local health officials about Indiana's covid statistics and current status at this point in the pandemic. Next, we'll sit down with governor Eric Holcomb as we discuss his administration's handling of the pandemic and the upcoming new year at the state house. Finally, Indiana senator Mike Braun helped put together a senate bi…
 
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