2016 Elections

City of West Lafayette

The I-65 kerfuffle has caused many Greater Lafayette residents to think more about traffic lately – what causes it to back up, what makes it dangerous and what might make it flow more smoothly.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we let West Lafayette’s John Dennis have a crack at solving the problems brought about by infrastructure that’s uncoordinated in some places and failing in others.

Also this week: A look at Mayor Dennis’ third term in office, which is assured in November’s election. Is there a sore spot he still wants to address?

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Donald Trump would be the first presidential nominee with no political or military experience since the last Hoosier nominee.

Elwood native Wendell Willkie was a utility executive who'd gained national prominence through his clashes with President Franklin Roosevelt over the Tennessee Valley Authority.

At the 1940 Republican convention, spectators roared their support for Willkie, and a grassroots campaign of thousands of "Win With Willkie" telegrams vaulted Willkie into the lead on the fourth ballot. He clinched the nomination two ballots later.

Karen Tallian Out Of Governor's Race

Aug 18, 2015
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A second Democratic candidate is leaving the 2016 Indiana governor’s race.  In a statement released Monday, State Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) says she is withdrawing and now supports John Gregg. Gregg was the 2012 Democratic gubernatorial nominee and is the only announced candidate left in the race.

In an interview with Indiana Public Broadcasting earlier this year, Tallian said because her senate seat wasn’t up for election in 2016, she could make a run for governor with “nothing to lose.” 

John Dickerson campaign

Indiana’s U.S. Senate race to replace Dan Coats will feature two contested primaries next spring after a longtime advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities announced Saturday he will join the Democratic primary.

John Dickerson says he was first urged to run months ago by longtime friend and former Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis, before Dan Coats had even decided to retire. 

Hammond Mayor Considering Challenging John Gregg

Aug 11, 2015
City of Hammond

One potential candidate for governor needs to get through this year's elections first.

Thomas McDermott, Jr. hasn't been mentioned much in gubernatorial discussions since announcing he'd run for a fourth term as mayor of Hammond. But he never ruled out back-to-back races, and says he's still pondering what his next political step should be.

McDermott had said he wouldn't run if one of the candidates already running took firm control of the race.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz Friday announced she is dropping out of the race for governor just a couple months after kicking off her campaign. 

Ritz’s gubernatorial campaign has been beset by problems since its start only two months ago, from an apparent lack of campaign staff to poor fundraising totals, and then questions about the legality of some campaign contributions. 

City of West Lafayette / http://westlafayette.in.gov/

Last month we took West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis to task a little bit about how he planned to spend money in his political war chest in a year where he doesn’t have an opponent. This month, we’ll take that line of questioning a little further and look ahead to 2016.

In a time of rampant partisanship that’s turning off voters left and right, why isn’t Mayor Dennis a sensible candidate for governor?

Former Bayh Advisor Sugar Considering Gubernatorial Bid

Aug 5, 2015
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A longtime adviser to former Governor Evan Bayh says he'll decide in a month or so whether to run for governor himself.

Former Bayh chief of staff Tom Sugar founded the nonprofit Lead or Leave to push for redistricting reform in Indiana.

He says several Democrats urged him to run as he traveled the state to promote that issue. Sugar says election reform will be the centerpiece of his campaign if he decides to run.

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In politics, as in life, there are good days and bad ones.

As of late, nobody knows this better than gubernatorial candidate and current State Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Following allegations last week that Ritz’s campaign may have violated some election finance laws, the candidate and her team are now in clean up mode – but progress has been slow.

To make matters more complicated, Ritz lags far behind her opponents in campaign funding.

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Indianapolis officials predict some of the country’s most notable politicians will likely make stops in the city next June as it hosts the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Visit Indy and Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday that the Circle City had won the rights to the conference. Ballard says the conference is often a popular stop on the presidential campaign trail.

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