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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.

Ellspermann talks jobs during stop in Lafayette

Aug 29, 2012

The Indiana GOP lieutenant governor candidate is touting her ticket's pro-business policies.

Sue Ellspermann participated in a jobs roundtable at Fairfield manufacturing in Lafayette Wednesday morning. She says students of today need to be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Ellspermann says if she and Mike Pence are elected, they would support proposals to encourage college undergraduates to complete their degrees in four years.

She says those in high school need to be made aware of alternatives to college that will still prepare them for the workforce.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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.

IN Chamber surveys show top election issues

Aug 2, 2012
Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Jobs and the economy are the biggest issues on the minds of Hoosier voters. That’s according to polling by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

President Kevin Brinegar says education in general and the cost of higher education also are top concerns. He made the comments at a luncheon Thursday in West Lafayette.

Brinegar says the Chamber’s survey shows a big difference between federal and state lawmakers too.

Rokita & Nelson differ on extent of tax reforms

Jul 31, 2012

A vote in Congress on a two-tier tax rate could come in the next few months.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN4) says he’d like to see it happen before the election in November.

It calls for one tax rate in the mid-twenties for the upper income bracket and another in the teens for the lower bracket, but the income level cut-off has not been determined. Rokita says that would be the same for businesses and individuals.

Congress on your Corner in Monticello & Frankfort

Jul 27, 2012

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN4) is holding constituent events Saturday in White and Clinton counties.

He says he will use the forums to talk about tax reform and the need continue the so-called Bush Era tax cuts for everyone. Those are set to expire at the end of this year.

IN House Dems choose new leader

Jul 27, 2012
Indiana General Assembly

Pat Bauer is out as leader of the House Democratic caucus.  A majority of members voted Thursday to replace him with Hammond Representative Linda Lawson:

Frustration within the minority caucus had been building for some time.  An earlier attempt to oust Bauer failed.  But Thursday, at least 21 of the 23 Democrats who attended a caucus meeting in Lafayette voted to replace Bauer at the top with Lawson. 

Lawson, who becomes the first woman to lead the caucus, says the position isn’t something she ever really wanted.