Elections & Politics

The Slate Political Gabfest at Purdue

Apr 16, 2012
Illustration by Robert Neubecker / Courtesy Slate

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with David Plotz, editor of Slate, about recording the Political Gabfest podcast at University Church in West Lafayette.

For more information or to register for tickets, go HERE.


Darron Cummings, The Associated Press / Courtesy Indiana Debate Commission

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says there was no knockout punch delivered in the debate between he and incumbent Dick Lugar Wednesday.  But Lugar says the debate – the only one between the Republican candidates – is the turning point of the campaign.

The debate featured questions on jobs and the economy, foreign affairs, entitlements and even the definition of conservative.  The two found themselves in almost total agreement much of the time. 

Indiana’s U.S. Senate Republican primary contenders Dick Lugar and Richard Mourdock will meet for their only debate Wednesday.

Six-term incumbent Senator Richard Lugar has not faced a primary challenger since he was first elected in 1976.  State treasurer Richard Mourdock brings the challenge with significant Tea Party backing, and that has resulted in an onslaught of negative ads from both sides.

Lugar campaign spokesman Andy Fisher says the Indiana Debate Commission’s format offers a chance to get away from the negative campaigning. 

House District 26 Democratic Primary Preview

Apr 5, 2012

The House District 26 Democratic candidates on May's primary ballot have a similar vision.

They also have different reasons for jumping into the race.

As WBAA’s Sam Klemet reports, both Rick Cornstuble and Eric Thiel are promoting change, but are taking separate approaches to get there.

Sullivan Stepping Down from IN Supreme Court

Apr 2, 2012

Indiana’s Supreme Court needs to replace another judge.

Justice Frank Sullivan announced Monday he is stepping down and will accept a position at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.

He has served on the state Supreme Court since 1993.

Sullivan’s decision comes on the same day Governor Mitch Daniel swore in the court’s newest justice, Mark Massa, who is replacing Randall Shepard.

Shepard, a native of Lafayette, retired last month.

Tippecanoe County voting locations set for 2012 primary

Apr 2, 2012

Tippecanoe County voters who want to cast their ballots early for the May 8th primary now have another satellite location to do so.

Board of Elections and Registration co-chair Jared Bond says the Pay Less Super Market on Maple Point Drive near the Tippecanoe Mall has been added to the list of early voting sites, bringing the total number to ten.

He says the location of the vote centers on Primary Election Day remain the same as last time, with one exception.

4th Congressional District Democratic Primary

Apr 2, 2012

Congressman Todd Rokita is ending his first term in office without a challenger in the Primary Election. However, the Republican will have opposition in November.

Two Democrats are vying for their party's nomination in the 4th Congressional District.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo reports on the race between Tara Nelson and Lester Moore.

For more information about the candidates, click on the links below:

Tara Nelson

Lester Moore

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar will re-register to vote after his right to vote in Indiana’s primary was denied by the Marion County election board.  The decision was part of a legal agreement that kept the issue from being decided in court.

The Marion County Election board ruled a couple weeks ago that Senator Lugar and his wife were no longer eligible to vote using the address of their Indianapolis home as proof of residency. The couple sold the home in 1977, after Lugar was first elected to the Senate.

Social media and the 2012 presidential campaign

Mar 24, 2012

A panel discussion at Purdue examined how social media is transforming the presidential campaign.

Executives from Twitter, Google and C-SPAN highlighted the event, which took comments and questions via social media.

Google is documenting the digital campaign trail at a dedicated website. Jonathan Perelman is global lead in industry relations for the company. He says there’s a stark difference between 2008 and this year’s race when it comes to social media.

Supreme Court Rules White Eligible

Mar 15, 2012

Indiana’s Governor will be allowed to hand pick the new Secretary of State.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Secretary of State Charlie White was eligible to run for the position even though he listed an improper address on his voter registration form.

Democrats argued runner up in the 2010 election, Vop Osili, be slated as the new Secretary of State.

In December, a Marion County judged ruled that should be the case.

But, Thursday's decision overturned that ruling.

White was convicted of six felony charges related to the issue.