Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star

Tony Cook

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent articles by Tony:

Inspector general OKs casino boss's private flights for Gov. Eric Holcomb

Gov. Eric Holcomb violated no ethics rules when a casino executive treated him to private jet flights last year, according to inspector general report → Read More

Former lawmaker catches heat for secretive deal with Indiana veterans agency

Former state Sen. Allen Paul's arrangement with the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs is drawing scrutiny from the state's lobbying watchdog. → Read More

Nancy Pelosi rips page from Hoosier playbook amid clash with 'The Squad'

"That’s the message in San Francisco or the Bronx," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told IndyStar. "...But that’s not the message for the country. And that’s not how you govern." → Read More

Ex-Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris leaves country amid fraud allegations, lawsuits

Morris and his wife say they plan to fight lawsuits from abroad. He has moved with his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal. → Read More

Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.

Bert Whalen's Indianapolis rental homes may have more code violations than anyone else's. But the government keeps selling him properties dirt cheap. → Read More

It's vigilante activist vs. politically connected farmer in Fair Oaks cruelty controversy

One is the Batman of the animal welfare world. The other is an innovative farmer with ties to Trump. Both are mavericks in their fields. → Read More

It's vigilante activist vs. politically connected farmer in Fair Oaks cruelty controversy

One is the Batman of the animal welfare world. The other is an innovative farmer with ties to Trump. Both are mavericks in their fields. → Read More

IMPD: Child abuse supervisor violated no policies when he defended USA Gymnastics

Lt. Bruce Smith worked with former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny to deflect criticism of the organization. → Read More

Indiana threw out ballot of woman with Parkinson's disease over signature, lawsuit says

A new federal lawsuit claims a flawed Indiana law has allowed election officials to reject thousands of ballots because of 'mismatched' signatures. → Read More

Indiana veterans' affairs staffers resign after scandal; criminal investigation opened

Managers with needy veteran programs at the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs are out, and Marion County has launched a criminal investigation. → Read More

'You can see a page of history turning': Birch Bayh remembered at Statehouse memorial service

The deaths of two former senators —Birch Bayh and Richard Lugar — represent the end of an era according to those at a Statehouse memorial service. → Read More

Former Sen. Joe Donnelly's new initiative: Teach Democrats to value rural voters

Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp lost their U.S. Senate re-election bids. Now they're teaming up to teach Democrats how to connect with rural voters. → Read More

President Donald Trump says FBI investigation was attempted 'coup'

Early in his speech, he said there was an attempted "coup," calling unspecified actors "bad apples." → Read More

Money for needy Indiana veterans was spent on casino retreats and child care, audit finds

Couples retreats at French Lick casino and child care benefits are among the questionable spending at the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs. → Read More

Indiana Dems: Investigate Gov. Holcomb's private flights with casino mogul

Indiana Democrats are calling for investigations into Gov. Eric Holcomb's flights on two private jets paid for by an Indiana casino mogul. → Read More

Indiana veterans agency's shoddy records are 1 reason state inquiry yields no charges

An Indiana Inspector General investigation found that agency employees received grants meant for needy veterans. → Read More

Former Bosma intern who claims encounter is interviewed by attorney in House ethics inquiry

House Speaker Brian Bosma is accused of using campaign cash to discredit a former Statehouse intern over an alleged decades-old sexual encounter. → Read More

Casino boss treated Holcomb to private flights with lucrative gambling deal on the line

The flights gave Spectacle Entertainment CEO Rod Ratcliff hours of access to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has final say over Ratcliff's bid to move two Indiana casinos. → Read More

Investors say ex-‘Fox & Friends’ host turned them into unwitting slumlords

Clayton Morris, a former Fox News co-host, is accused of selling novice investors uninhabitable rental properties. → Read More

Investors say ex-‘Fox & Friends’ host turned them into unwitting slumlords

Clayton Morris, a former Fox News co-host, is accused of selling novice investors uninhabitable rental properties. → Read More