James Briggs, Indianapolis Star

James Briggs

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent articles by James:

Briggs: Democrats took over Indianapolis. Now, they have to lead.

The passion that propelled Democrats' big victory does not necessarily translate well to mundane city government, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: Indianapolis Republicans just got bludgeoned into irrelevance

Republicans have a bleak short-term outlook with no promise of a better future in Indianapolis. → Read More

Briggs: Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is boring, but he won because he's doing a good job

Mayor Joe Hogsett has made Indianapolis better. Jim Merritt's campaign fell flat, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: The GM stamping plant debacle shows Indianapolis is too nice for its own good

The failed Waterside project offers a lesson about how groupthink leads to bad deals Indianapolis, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Our new IndyStar columnist is not Kurt Vonnegut

I've always wanted this job. Here's why. → Read More

Jim Merritt campaign removes false claim about Mayor Joe Hogsett from website

Jim Merritt's campaign launched a website Monday attacking Mayor Joe Hogsett on a wide range of issues. → Read More

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's $1.2 billion budget sails through with little discussion

Only two Republicans voted against it. → Read More

Jim Merritt names divisive Democrat as his choice for Indianapolis police chief

Merritt framed his choice as a bipartisan solution to Indianapolis' crime problem → Read More

Lawsuit targets 2 police officers. The plaintiff? The National Police Association.

The National Police Association says it is trying to protect itself from "fake news attacks." The officers had expressed skepticism of the nonprofit. → Read More

Jim Merritt and Joe Hogsett say each other's to blame for renters' nightmares in Indianapolis

As the two point fingers about who is to blame, one woman told IndyStar that her landlord still has not fixed problems in her home. → Read More

11 times Mayor Joe Hogsett said misleading things about his blighted housing fix

Mayor Joe Hogsett's administration has made numerous misleading or untrue claims about his pledge to transform 2,000 blighted homes in two years. → Read More

Richard Lugar's funeral marks 'end of an era,' Mike Pence says

Richard Lugar's funeral attracted some of the highest-ranking officials in U.S. government, including Mike Pence, John Roberts and Mitch McConnell. → Read More

My wife gave birth 2 weeks before Mother's Day. I feared she would die.

Our memories differ on which doctors said what, and when, but we both grasped the you-could-die-here message. → Read More

IMPD officer accused of abusing and intimidating his ex-girlfriend has been fired

Several of the officer's guns also were seized following an IndyStar investigation. → Read More

Democrat activist was subject of task force, cell phone tracker in burglary investigation

Investigators described a larger effort from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies spanning potentially 36 burglaries in four counties. → Read More

Jim Merritt's fellow Republicans criticize 'tacky, distasteful' campaign on potholes

Some Indianapolis council Republicans are taking exception to Jim Merritt's line of attack against Mayor Joe Hogsett. → Read More

Pike Township deputy trustee, Democratic activist arrested in burglary

Brishon Bond, who until recently managed a campaign for a City-County Council candidate, is suspected in the burglary of a home near Anderson. → Read More

Legal setback at troubled Towne and Terrace slows city's efforts

About half of the condo complex's 222 units are empty. Three people were killed there last year. → Read More

IMPD officer was able to 'walk away with all his guns' after domestic abuse, woman says

IMPD failed to follow its own policy, one expert says. → Read More

As grassroots liberals rise, Democrats sideline 2 black activists in Indianapolis

The prospect of two young African-Americans running against the Democratic Party has strained relationships. → Read More