Elections & Politics

Elections & Politics
7:17 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Secretary Of State Race Tops 2014 Election Ticket

Connie Lawson, R-Indianapolis, and Beth White, D-Indianapolis, are running for Indiana Secretary of State
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Arguably the most attention the Secretary of State’s office has received in the last four years was for the voter fraud scandal that ousted Charlie White, the Republican who won the seat in 2010.

Former state Senator Connie Lawson, R-Indianapolis, was appointed to the position two and half years ago.

Lawson is seeking re-election this year and says she’s not focused on Charlie White.

“From day one, my focus was to make sure that our office, the Secretary of State’s office was the most open, honest, responsive and accountable in the state,” Lawson says.

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Elections & Politics
11:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Dale Hopes To Unseat Rokita In Indiana's 4th Congressional District

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Fourth District Congressman Todd Rokita says if re-elected for a third term, education reform would be

one of his priorities.

The Republican wants to give states the power to set their own benchmarks for K-12 education instead of being held to the guidelines in the No Child Left Behind Act.

Rokita says he would also seek to streamline the application process for federal loans and grant applications for higher education.

His challenger, John Dale, has been a government and history teacher at Western Boone High School for 24 years.

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Elections & Politics
11:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Susan Brooks On Restoring Trust In Congress And Whether There's A Need For Centrism

Brooks says she went to Washington to be a problem-solver, only to find the problems were bigger than she realized.
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Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) is finishing her freshman term in Congress and is favored to win a second in next week’s election. She says she went to Washington to help Congress’ image, but the job was all but insurmountable -- the institution remains as unpopular as ever.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Brooks recently to talk about whether there’s any way to get the public believing in national politics again, especially if Republicans take control of the Senate.

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Elections & Politics
5:18 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

In Redrawn District, Democrats Targeting Mike Delph On His Gay Marriage Stance

Mike Delph won his last race by 18 points, but his district has changed and he's taken heat for battling on Twitter against same-sex marriage.
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Democrats are mounting a full-court press to unseat one of the most conservative members of the Indiana Senate.

Carmel Republican Mike Delph won his last reelection race by 18 points, narrowly winning the district‘s Indianapolis precincts while piling up most of his seven-thousand-vote margin in conservative Hamilton County.

Since then, Delph‘s L-shaped district has been slightly redrawn, adding Zionsville and more of Indy‘s westside.

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Elections & Politics
1:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Tippecanoe County Officials Approve 19 Vote Center Sites For Election Day

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Registered voters in Tippecanoe County will have 19 vote center sites available to cast their ballots on Election Day next month.

That’s the same number as in the May primary.

County Clerk Christa Coffey says they decided not to scale back, even though some are predicting record low turnout.

She says the easier it is for people to vote, the better.

Early voting begins tomorrow in the County.

Coffey says the only thing that would prevent a registered voter from casting their ballot is not having a photo ID.

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