2016 Elections

City of Frankfort

The prospect of turning Interstate 65 into a toll road would have a significant impact on the city of Frankfort – especially if some of the money generated would be directed to road funding.

In this week's conversation with Mayor Chris McBarnes, we ask him if he’s for highway tolling and whether his plans to annex land out to the interstate might be affected by plans at the Statehouse.

Also on today’s show, we circle back to Frankfort’s desire to address derelict properties.

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Who will be the next president of the United States?

Just ask the voters of Vigo County.

They have correctly voted for the winning presidential candidate in 29 out of the last 31 elections.

Even though the area typically leans Democrat, a Republican mayor and prosecutor have just been elected to their third terms in office.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett has this explanation:

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Elkhart County prosecutor Curtis Hill will vie to become the state’s next attorney general. The Republican announced his candidacy Monday in downtown Indianapolis.

Hill says like incumbent Greg Zoeller (who will run for Congress instead of for another term as AG), he’ll stand up to many of the objectives and regulations sent down from Washington.

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Two current Indianapolis city-county councilors will go head-to-head in pursuit of a seat in the state Senate.

Jefferson Shreve is kicking off his campaign for the seat being vacated by Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood), weeks after fellow Republican Jack Sandlin threw his hat in the ring. Shreve praises Sandlin's work on the council, but argues his own credentials are better suited to the legislature than Sandlin's public-safety resume.

Hamilton County Proposes Voter Check-in Via iPads

Oct 12, 2015
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Hamilton County may join the growing number of Indiana counties that use iPad check-ins for voters at their polling places.

Elections Administrator Kathy Richardson – who’s also a state representative -- says a total of about 20 counties, including Allen and Lake, already use or are planning to employ so-called "electronic poll pads." Voters sign in by swiping their drivers licenses.

Richardson says the pad system - which needs Hamilton County Council approval - would speed up the process.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz joined the conversation about how to make schools safer and more inclusive for all students when she attended a panel discussion last month on the subject at Bloomington High School South.

The Monroe County Community School Corporation recently updated its anti-discrimination policy to specifically prohibit discrimination or bullying based on a student’s gender identity.

There are no state regulations on anti-discrimination policies, so it’s left to individual districts, like MCCSC, to make those changes.

U.S. House of Representatives

Indiana's Republican members of Congress issued mostly brief and respectful statements Friday about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, even though one had battled with Boehner in the past.

“There’s no doubt the Speaker presided over a difficult time in our nation’s history," reads a statement by Rep. Larry Buschon (R-8th), for whom Boehner had hosted fundraisers in the past.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th), another longtime ally of Boehner, issued a terse statement thanking the outgoing House Speaker for his service.

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Former Evan Bayh chief of staff Tom Sugar will not run for governor.

Sugar had been flirting with a bid for the Democratic nomination, to be centered on the issue of redistricting reform. Sugar founded the nonprofit Lead or Leave to campaign for independently drawn districts, and is serving on a legislative study committee reviewing the issue.

Republican Candidate Enters State Superintendent Race

Sep 15, 2015
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Republicans have their first candidate for state school superintendent in next year's election.

Dawn Wooten is an adjunct English instructor at IPFW, Indiana Tech and the University of Saint Francis. She accuses Democratic incumbent Glenda Ritz and the Department of Education of failing to reach out to local schools to address concerns about testing, discipline and academic standards.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Last month, we asked Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the John Myers pedestrian bridge's readiness for some fall festivals. He said the bridge might be ready in time. A couple weeks later, WBAA first learned of the railing issues that keep the bridge closed even now.

A week after that, Roswarski formally announced the bridge’s railings had some major issues.