Elections & Politics

Todd Young Joins Ted Cruz's Family Separation Bill

Jun 20, 2018
In a statement, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says “America can be a nation of laws while still being a nation of compassion.” (WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced Wednesday he will co-sponsor Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) family separation bill.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, right, don't agree on who's to blame for the Trump administration's family separation policy. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and the Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in Indiana’s Senate race say the U.S. should not separate parents from their children at the border. But those candidates don’t agree on who’s to blame for that policy.

Indiana Democrats Officially Nominate Statewide Ticket

Jun 18, 2018
Indiana Democrats running statewide in 2018: from left, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, State Auditor candidate Joselyn Whitticker, and State Treasurer candidate John Aguilera. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Democratic candidates for statewide office share a common theme: it’s time for an end to one-party rule in Hoosier state government.

Democratic delegates met in Indianapolis Saturday for their biannual party convention.

Each member of the Democratic statewide ticket emphasized the need to eliminate Republican control at the Statehouse. Or, as Treasurer candidate John Aguilera put it:

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. 

Turnout normalized this year after historically poor turnout in the last midterm primary.

Buttigieg, Obama Talks Confirmed, Content Unclear

Jun 11, 2018
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is among the list of Democrats the news website Politico has indicated met with former President Barack Obama in D.C., to discuss a potential 2020 bid for the Presidency.

Mark Bode, Buttigieg’s Director of Communications, confirmed the Buttigieg and Obama have met several times, most recently for a- quote, “informal, private conversation last fall.”

Federal Judge Halts Indiana Voter Purge System

Jun 11, 2018
A federal judge’s ruling says the method by which Indiana deletes voters from its registration lists likely violates federal law. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s voter roll purge system is on hold after a federal judge temporarily halted it.

The judge’s ruling says the state's method to delete voters from its registration lists likely violates federal law.

The video board at Evansville's Ford Center shows Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer as he speaks to his party's convention. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Republicans approved a party platform at their convention Saturday that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Democrats File For Auditor, Treasurer Races

Jun 7, 2018

Indiana Democrats hope to secure victories in state treasurer and auditor races for the first time in decades. And two candidates stepped up to run just a little more than week before the party convention, where they’ll be officially nominated.

Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform. (Indiana GOP)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform, its value statements.

The move comes as Hupfer tries to resolve a fight over whether to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

4th Congressional district Republican nominee Rep. Jim Baird, left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun - a former state lawmaker - were attacked for their votes to raise the state’s gas tax 10 cents. (Courtesy Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Two Republican primary candidates were attacked for their votes last year to raise the state’s gas tax. They both won their races.

And legislative leaders say those results affirm their support for the 2017 gas tax legislation.

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