Elections & Politics

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Former Starbucks Coffee CEO Howard Schultz, who’s mulling a possible 2020 presidential run, told a crowd at Purdue University Thursday he thinks America’s greatest security threat is its current leader.

What was billed as a “major policy announcement” offered little in the way of solutions to the many problems Schultz enumerated. When asked what would convince Republican voters in Indiana to pull the lever for an independent, Schultz pushed back against the current administration.

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Didn't get a chance to hear prospective presidential candidate and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speak at Purdue? Listen here!

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend


 South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced an exploratory committee for a Presidential run in a video posted online this morning.

Re-Elected Statewide Officers Sworn In For New Terms

Jan 15, 2019

Indiana’s secretary of state, auditor and treasurer were sworn into office Monday. All three women won re-election bids in November.

Prospective Democratic candidates for municipal races across the state gathered in Indianapolis Saturday for candidate bootcamp. The training is part of a larger strategy to build Indiana’s bench of Democrats.

Buttigieg Not Running For Re-election

Dec 17, 2018
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he will not seek a third term in a Monday morning press conference.

Buttiegieg said he has been consulting with colleagues, friends and family about his decision.

Indiana’s turnout for this year’s General Election was the best in a midterm in more than two decades. (Tyler Lake/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s turnout for this year’s general election was the best in a midterm in more than two decades.

A little more than half of Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot. That’s a 70 percent increase from the last midterm, 2014 – though most expected a significant increase. The 2014 election did not have a U.S. Senate race on the ticket, as this year’s did.

courtesy City of Frankfort

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, who’d previously been vehement about his desire not to serve more than two terms in office, now says he’ll stand for re-election next year.

McBarnes was one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he was first elected in 2011, shortly after he graduated college. For almost the entirety of his seven years in office, he’s said two terms was his limit.

But McBarnes held an official campaign kickoff Thursday night, and says as he looked at future career options, he felt out of place leaving government.

Braun's Alliance With Trump Key For Many Hoosier Voters

Nov 7, 2018

Republican Mike Braun’s senate win over incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly says just as much about President Donald Trump as it does about him.

Julie Roush Wins Race for Tippecanoe County Clerk

Nov 7, 2018
Miyu Sumimoto / WBAA

Republican Julie Roush won the race for Tippecanoe County Clerk Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Vicky Woeste by nearly 5,000 votes.

Both candidates had pledged to replace the county’s aging voting machines, which proved problematic both during early voting and again on Election Day, as they recorded some votes improperly. Roush says she’ll seek approval from the county council to pay for replacements.

Roush says she will push to replace the machines, "but I have to get the county, the entire county has to be involved in that,” she says.