Elections & Politics

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505 more Purdue students now have IDs that will let them vote in local elections thanks to the school’s so-called “fee vacation.”

As of August, Purdue now prints expiration dates on student ID cards to make them comply with Indiana’s voter ID law. These new IDs cost $10, but they were available at no cost to students who exchanged their current one during a specified week in October.

Purdue Bursar Tim Riley says more than 1,300 students have received voter ready IDs since they were released, but only the most recent 500 didn’t pay a fee.

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While the four candidates for the three at-large seats on the West Lafayette City Council agree there should be a pause on building new highrises, they differ somewhat in their other priorities for the future of housing in the city.

WHERE TO PUT THE HOUSING EMPHASIS

During an hour-long candidate forum Wednesday night, incumbent Steve Dietrich said he thinks existing student housing needs more scrutiny.

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West Lafayette mayoral candidate Zachary Baiel says if he’s elected, he’d like to see a greater diversity of developers spending money in the city – especially locals.

Speaking Monday night on WBAA, Baiel said he’s somewhat concerned that just a few developers have done the lion’s share of the work along West Lafayette’s State Street, and he’d like to find a way to keep the market from pricing out Greater Lafayette interests.

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Some of the candidates for Lafayette City Council squared off in their final debate before next month’s election Thursday night.

PUBLIC SAFETY

A recently-passed public safety tax figured prominently in the back-and-forth between candidates for Lafayette’s Second District, which forms a large portion of Lafayette’s western boundary.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke to a room of more than 200 Notre Dame law school students and faculty about religious liberty on Friday. He expressed opposition to the rise of secular culture while avoiding any talk of the impeachment inquiry surrounding the president.

Notre Dame To Host 2020 Presidential Debate

Oct 11, 2019

The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has withdrawn from a debate with his mayoral opponent, Zach Baiel. The two were slated to make their case during a League of Women Voters event set for Monday, Oct. 21.

Dennis says an invitation he received this week to provide welcoming remarks at a Purdue event with the Consul General of India conflicts with the forum, which he had agreed to nearly a month ago.

Baiel says the “empty chair” rule typically employed for debates—which stipulates the event is called off if one candidate won’t participate—creates a disadvantage for him.

Students and activists are planning a protest in response to U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaking at a private event at the University of Notre Dame Law School on Friday. Protesters are unhappy with Barr’s role in the handling of the whistleblower complaint.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) officially kicked off his run for governor Tuesday after months of exploring a bid.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) will announce this evening he’s running for governor.

Melton will officially announce his run in Gary, his hometown, after months of exploring a bid.

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