Elections & Politics

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Activists Thursday protested the ongoing confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. They implored passersby in West Lafayette to call Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly and voice their disapproval. About a dozen people gathered to raise awareness of the policies they worry will follow Kavanaugh’s appointment.

Viviana Tsangaropoulous is a member of the Younger Women’s Task Force of Greater Lafayette.

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The candidates for Tippecanoe County Sheriff held their only debate Wednesday night before a crowd at Harrison High School. Bob Goldsmith and Jason Dombkowski agreed on almost everything…except for which one has the most relevant experience.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and West Lafayette Police Chief are running for the same office on very similar platforms.

What this race will come down to, both say, is what leadership style the people trust to make those things happen.

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Tippecanoe County Sheriff Candidate Bob Goldsmith says his plan for school safety, if he’s elected in November, is to keep doing what the county is already doing.

Goldsmith struggled Friday to say what would differentiate his plan from a current initiative at campuses across the county.

The program rotates two officers through 20 county schools, and students may not always be aware ahead of time which days School Resource Officers, or SROs, are in their building.

Indiana FOP Endorses Donnelly In Senate Race

Sep 10, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, receives an endorsement from the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police and its president Bill Owensby, right. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s largest law enforcement officers organization endorsed Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Monday in the state's pivotal U.S. Senate race.

The Indiana Fraternal Order of Police calls Donnelly one of its strongest advocates in Congress. 

Indiana Chamber Won't Endorse In U.S. Senate Race

Aug 29, 2018
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce won't endorse either Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) or Republican Mike Braun. (U.S. Senate/Indiana House of Representatives)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce won’t endorse either candidate in Indiana's U.S. Senate race.

It’s the first time the influential business organization hasn’t backed a Senate candidate since its endorsements began.

The campaign from the Indiana Secretary of State uses television, radio, and print ads to urge people to register to vote by the state’s Oct. 9 deadline. (Indiana Secretary of State's office)
Brandon Smith

New ads from the Indiana Secretary of State’s office seek to reassure Hoosiers about election security.

Donnelly, Braun Talk Health Care On Campaign Trail

Aug 3, 2018
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun speaks with supporters at the Indiana State Fair. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) talked about health care on the campaign trail Friday as he makes his pitch for re-election.

Indiana Democrat Calls For Enhanced Election Security

Jul 30, 2018
Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year.

Four women say Attorney General Curtis Hill groped them at a party. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The next big step in the sexual misconduct allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill likely won’t come until after the Inspector General completes her investigation.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Tippecanoe County Sheriff candidate Bob Goldsmith pushed Thursday for a mental health program for first responders in his first appearance since his candidacy was confirmed.

Goldsmith has worked in the sheriff’s department for 19 years and says many officers struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, but are taught to compartmentalize those feelings.

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