Elections & Politics

Donnelly Says He's Ready For Fight Against Braun

May 9, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he's ready for a fight against Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) officially welcomed Republican Mike Braun Wednesday to what’s likely to be one of the most contentious races in the country this fall.

Two State Lawmakers Lose Primaries In Upsets

May 9, 2018
Rep. Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) and Sen. Joe Zakas (R-Granger) lost their primary races. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Most incumbents in state House and Senate races sailed to easy victories Tuesday – with two exceptions, including one of the longest-serving members of the current General Assembly.

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SHERIFF'S RACE

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski is one step closer to holding the highest law enforcement position in Tippecanoe County.

Dombkowski easily defeated incumbent Sheriff Barry Richard and Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John “Woody” Ricks Tuesday night, garnering almost 50-percent of the vote.

Dombkowski says he believes the specific issues he outlined in his campaign inspired residents to go to the polls.

Democrat Tobi Beck and Republican state Rep. Jim Baird will face off in November to fill Todd Rokita's seat in the U.S. House. Rokita’s departure made for a wide and competitive race. Seven candidates sought the Republican seat and six for the Democrat spot.

Braun Wins Republican U.S. Senate Primary

May 8, 2018

Businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun will square off this fall with incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Braun emerged the victor Tuesday from a bruising Republican primary against U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The Tippecanoe County Election Board Tuesday found a procedural way to release itself from investigating admittedly illegal cell phone use by Republican sheriff candidate Jason Dombkowski.

Dombkowski has paid the City of West Lafayette back for using his city-issued cell phone for duties not related to his job as police chief, but instead to his run for political office.

But despite that admission, Board chair Randy Vonderheide made it clear he considers the issue closed.

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Young voters could be the deciding factor in close political races across the country this year – if only they would show up to the polls.

Historically, voter turnout among those under 30 is low. That’s especially true for primary races.

Indiana has several congressional seats and a U.S. Senate seat on the ballot May 8, but it’s unlikely a large amount of young adults will cast a vote.

Most Young Voters Don’t Plan To Participate In Primary 

Hoosiers Warned About Voter Participation Letter

May 4, 2018
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Jill Sheridan

People across Indiana are contacting the Secretary of States office to report they’ve received letters that claim to be voting record audits. 

The letter from the “Indiana State Voter Report Program” lists voter information on past participation as well as that of friends and neighbors.  

Indiana has restrictions on voter participation records, only providing it to political parties and legislative caucuses.  

Voter advocacy groups say an Indiana law will illegally throw Hoosiers off the voting rolls. And they’re suing to stop the state from using that law. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Voter advocacy groups say an Indiana law will illegally throw Hoosiers off the voting rolls. And they’re suing to stop the state from using that law.

A federal court hearing Wednesday centered on Indiana’s use of what’s known as the Interstate Crosscheck system.

GOP Senate Candidates On The Attack In Final Debate

Apr 30, 2018
Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate candidates (from left) Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg), Rep. Luke Messer (R-Greensburg), and Mike Braun greet each other after the final debate before the May primary election. (Darron Cummings/Indiana Debate Commission)
Brandon Smith

The final debate between Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Braun, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Greensburg) and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) was focused almost entirely on attacks between each candidate.

The moderator at one point implored them to answer his specific question – a request the candidates mostly ignored.

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