Elections & Politics

Indiana General Assembly

House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer has reportedly cleaned out his Statehouse office.

It's the latest sign the South Bend Democrat might be ousted from his post at a party caucus meeting scheduled for Thursday. 

Sources confirm to Indiana Public Broadcasting that Bauer’s Statehouse office is virtually empty. However, Bauer says he’s merely, in his words, “changing logistics” and switching out decorative items for communications equipment.

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Some House Democrats say there is increasing frustration about the way their caucus is being led and that growing unrest could mean removing Minority Leader Pat Bauer from his current position. 

An attempt to oust the South Bend Democrat from his position atop the caucus materialized last week, but fizzled after not enough caucus members could reach an agreement.

State Representative Dave Cheatham (D-North Vernon) says members have been vocal about their concerns in caucus.

Pence touts vocational education during Lafayette stop

Jun 15, 2012

Indiana’s Republican gubernatorial candidate is pointing to a local program as an example of the type of vocational training the state needs more of.

Mike Pence toured the Lafayette Subaru of Indiana plant this morning (Fri) with Ivy Tech- Lafayette chancellor Dave Bathe.

The automobile manufacturer and the community college work together on the “Advanced Manufacturing” program, which offers training to help young people gain the skills needed to qualify for manufacturing jobs in the state.

Gregg praises Lafayette businesses

Jun 13, 2012

John Gregg says he wants the future of Indiana to resemble what’s being done in Lafayette.

The Democrat running for Governor came to the city Wednesday to discuss his vision for the state.

Gregg says pulling the state from the effects of the recession is dependent on improving the education system and having a more skilled workforce.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says Indiana must move from reform to results and laid out his vision for the state in a speech to the state Republican convention Saturday. 

The platform unveiled by Pence offered more aspirations than specifics, as is common early in a campaign.  The 6th District congressman lauded the accomplishments of the Daniels administration but says there is still work to be done.

A union leader is the Democrats pick to run for the state Senate in District Seven.

Brad Thompson serves as president of Tate and Lyle’s International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1070.

He also was president of the Federation of Grain Millers local union 702 at Cargill.

Now, the Delphi resident is looking to take on another role, state senator in the 7th District.

He says will use those experiences leading unions as a building block of his campaign.

Indiana Democratic Caucus

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg named Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate.

Simpson has served in the state Senate since 1984 after spending time as Monroe County Auditor.  The Bloomington-area native briefly ran for governor in 2004 and again flirted with running last year.  A pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage Democrat, Simpson differs on key issues with John Gregg, but that’s something she says strengthens them.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence announced Monday that Sue Ellspermann will be his running mate in the fall.

Pence first unveiled his choice in the small DuBois County town of Ferdinand, Ellspermann’s home town.

Ellspermann has served a single term in the state House of Representatives. Prior to her election in 2010, she was the founding director of a research center at the University of Southern Indiana.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller officially launched his reelection campaign at the Statehouse Friday.

Greg Zoeller was first elected as the state Attorney General in 2008.  Zoeller previously worked as the chief deputy to his predecessor, Attorney General Steve Carter, making him the first AG elected after having previously served in the office.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg wants to eliminate the corporate income tax for Indiana businesses. He plans to make up the lost revenue by collecting taxes from online retailers.