Elections & Politics

Elections & Politics
3:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

State, Campaign Leaders Encouraging People To Vote In November

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With a little more than a month and a half left before election day, Indiana campaigns are turning up the pressure to try and get the vote out.

But this year isn‘t offering many high-profile races to entice them.

Members of both parties are worried Indiana could even see some of the lowest voter turnout ever.

The May primaries only saw 13-percent of eligible voters show up at the polls, but the grassroots arm of some campaigns is working to correct that.

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Elections & Politics
5:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Evan Bayh Won't Run For Governor In 2016

The former governor and senator does say he'd help a Hillary Clinton presidential run in two years, though.
Credit courtesy Evan Bayh

Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh says the growing partisan divide in Indiana is the reason for his decision not to make another bid for the governor’s mansion in 2016. 

Bayh’s continued popularity in the state Democratic Party, combined with a still-robust campaign war chest, fueled speculation about a run for governor in two years. 

But Bayh says while he has big ideas for the state, he has to consider his ability to get those ideas implemented, given the state’s political realities.

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Elections & Politics
8:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Campaign Spending Limits up for a Vote on Capitol Hill

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a proposed constitutional amendment that would help take big money out of politics.
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Advocates for campaign finance reform say the U.S. Senate is expected to make an historic vote today on Senate Joint Resolution 19.

That's the proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits.

Julia Vaughn, policy director at Common Cause Indiana, says passage of the resolution is unlikely given that it needs two-thirds support, or 67 votes, to pass.

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Elections & Politics
4:02 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Group Calls On Donnelly For Leadership Against Corporate Campaign Spending

The group wants more action from Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) on an amendment reversing the Citizens United decision.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Citizen and consumer advocacy groups are calling on U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment they say would overturn the negative impact of controversial Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance.

The proposed amendment would empower Congress and the states to regulate and limit election spending.  It’s in response to two Supreme Court decisions – Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission – that significantly loosened campaign donation limits.  

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Elections & Politics
5:46 am
Wed August 27, 2014

State Auditor Candidate Calling For Ethics Reform

Michael Claytor speaks at a press conference about what he says is a lack of ethics at the Indiana statehouse.
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The Democrat running for state auditor is proposing what he calls “sweeping ethics reform.”  

Michael Claytor says under Governor Mike Pence, ethics has left the statehouse.

Claytor is calling attention to what he considers several recent ethical lapses in state government:

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