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Tuesday, October 09, 2018 1:00 am

Indiana Voices

Hoosiers win in ruling on Pence emails

The order by a Marion County judge to turn over then-Gov. Mike Pence's emails is technically a win for Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana. But Superior Court Judge Heather Welch's order is really a victory for all Hoosiers, who have a right to information about what government is doing in its name.

In her ruling Sept. 24, Welch gave Gov. Eric Holcomb 30 days to deliver the November 2016 emails between Pence and President-elect Donald Trump about jobs at Carrier Corp. to the nonprofit coalition.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump criticized Carrier for its plan to cut 2,100 jobs in Indiana. Later, he and Pence ironed out a deal to keep about half the jobs from going to Mexico. The company received up to $7 million in tax incentives and training grants as long as it stayed open in Indianapolis for 10 years.

Kerwin Olson, CAC executive director, said he isn't sure what he expects to find in the requested emails. But he said the coalition thought that “things looked a little weird, didn't quite smell right so we requested documents” related to discussions Trump and Pence had with Carrier.

This isn't about the merits of the Carrier deal or its political ramifications. This is about transparency and open government, and both were served with this ruling.

– South Bend Tribune