2012 Election

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After losing the 2012 governor’s race to Mike Pence by a closer-than-expected three percentage points, former House Speaker John Gregg may be ready to mount another such campaign next year.

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The candidates in the 4th Congressional District tried to distinguish themselves during the only broadcast forum of the campaign.

Republican incumbent Todd Rokita, Democrat Tara Nelson, and Libertarian Benjamin Gehlhausen answered question about keeping college affordable, trade with China and reducing the deficit among other topics.

2012 early voting outpacing 2008 in Tippecanoe Co.

Oct 13, 2012

The first four days of early voting in Tippecanoe County brought 638 people into the Board of Elections office to cast a ballot.

The first week of early voting four years ago, during the last presidential election, produced 547 ballots. Tippecanoe County Circuit Clerk Christa Coffey says that’s a 14.3% increase this year.

“Many absentee ballots were sent and received” by the office, she says. “I’ll have official numbers by Monday morning.”

The Hoosier Environmental Council wants more voters to think “green” when they cast their ballot this November. The organization is highlighting issues, such as clean energy and natural resources, and the positions the candidates for governor are taking.

Jesse Kharbanda, executive director, says good environmental and economic policies go hand-in-hand in many instances.

"For example, clean energy is a fabulous opportunity for Indiana, where by we could improve our air and water quality, while at the same time providing jobs."

Immigration & the 2012 Election

Sep 19, 2012

Immigration and the 2012 election is the topic for a political science roundtable, which also marks the launch of a new political science academic journal, "Politics, Groups and Identities," that will be edited at Purdue.

The nonpartisan panel discussion, "Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium," will explore how currents of race, ethnicity, class and gender shape the issue of immigration, focusing on the way the issue of immigration is likely to affect - and be affected by - the November elections.

October 9 is the deadline to register to voter for the General Election in November.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette is holding a series of registration events before then, and hosting a special program Thursday night on voter information.

It's at the Tippecanoe County Public Library's downtown branch and begins with a voter registration opportunity at 6 pm. The program with Andy Downs begins at 6:30 pm.

Eight men and women vying for seats in the General Assembly made their case in front of constituents Wednesday night.

It was part of a forum put on by the Lafayette League of Women Voters and Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association.

Lafayette resident Ron Anders says he still has some research to do before casting a ballot in November.  But, thinks the forum gave him a better understanding of the candidates.

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Former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh is hitting the campaign trail with Senate candidate Joe Donnelly.

The two will make several stops across the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “Main Street tour” of Indiana.

Bayh says appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat.

Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates each sat down with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard at IUPUI Tuesday to discuss the state’s policy future. 

For all the candidates, better preparing students isn’t just about getting them ready for college.  GOP candidate Mike Pence says he wants to strengthen career and vocational education for high schoolers, something he feels has been lost in the last 30 years.

A candidate for governor is making the sales tax on gasoline a campaign issue.

 

Standing in front of a downtown Indianapolis gas station Wednesday, Democrat John Gregg announced that, as governor, he would push to immediately and permanently abolish the sales tax on gasoline.  Gregg says it’s a quick way to put money into the hands of Hoosiers.

“A Hoosier can be able to save up – a Hoosier family – up to over five hundred dollars per year.”

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