Elections & Politics

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.
Credit Brandon Smith / http://www.ipbs.org/

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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Elections & Politics
1:11 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Process To Update Indiana's Voter Rolls Continues

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson
Credit State of Indiana / http://www.in.gov/sos/index.htm

Indiana has identified more than 700,000 voter records that need to be updated or marked inactive in its effort to clean up the state’s voter rolls. 

Earlier this year, Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office sent postcards to every Hoosier on the voter list.  More than 750,000 came back as undeliverable. 

A second mailing went out in June, that time asking voters to respond.  47,000 Hoosiers did, updating their voter information. 

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Elections & Politics
12:44 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Former US Attorney Considering Run For Indianapolis Mayor

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett speaks at a press conference in Bloomington last month.
Credit Bill Shaw

Former U-S Attorney Joe Hogsett says he plans to file the necessary paperwork to form an exploratory committee for a possible run as mayor of Indianapolis.

Speaking with Inside Indiana Business, Hogsett says there was a lot he wasn‘t able to do over the last four years as U-S Attorney, including discussing political matters.

Now that he‘s left the U-S Attorney‘s office and has begun work at the law firm Bose, McKinney and Evans, Hogsett says he hopes to talk with a wide variety of people over the coming weeks and months.

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Election & Politics
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tippecanoe County Democrats Fill Some Spots On The November Ballot, Leave Others Open

Credit Judy Baxter / https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/

Tippecanoe County Democrats have slated six candidates for the November General Election.

At their caucus June 28th, Democrats slated Judge Tom Busch for Circuit Court Judge, Eric Grossman for county assessor, Ashley Smith for Fairfield Township Board, Larry Funk for Lauramie Township Board, Michael Childress for Wea Township Board, and Michael Oxenrider for Wabash Township Board.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with party chair Heather Maddox about how the candidates were chosen…and why the party historically has had difficulty filling all the spots on the ballot.

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Election & Politics
9:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Some GOP Delegates Unhappy With Party Platform

Some GOP delegates wanted to strike language from the new party platform defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Their amendment failed in a floor vote.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Indiana Republican Party passed a platform Saturday endorsing marriage that some delegates found divisive.

The language officially adopted by the party says that strong families are founded on marriages between a man and a woman. It also recognizes the value of diversity in family structures.

But the plank didn't sit well with some delegates, who saw the position as divisive and wanted to amend the platform to remove the definition all together.

Marion County delegate Tom John proposed such an amendment to the platform during the convention.

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Election & Politics
9:07 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination For Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell addressing the Indiana GOP convention in Fort Wayne after winning the party's nomination for State Treasurer.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.

There were three candidates for the Republican nomination for state treasurer going into the vote: financial advisor Don Bates; state employee Kelly Mitchell; and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

The first ballot was a relative toss-up, and while the second ballot showed Mitchell gaining votes, no candidate received a majority.

According to the rules, Bates was dropped after the second vote.

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Election & Politics
9:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Indiana Beginning Process To Clean Up Voter Rolls

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson

For the first time since 2006, Indiana is trying to pare down its list of voters to those who are active voters in the county in which they live.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson says postcards were mailed last week to all registered voters.

If the postcard is returned as undeliverable, the state will send out a second postcard.

If that card comes back, the state will mark the voter as inactive.

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Election & Politics
11:43 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tippecanoe County polling locations set for 2014 primary election

Tippecanoe County officials have settled on polling locations for the 2014 primary.

Commissioners this morning approved 13 early voting sites and 19 for Election Day.

Board of Elections Co-Director Jared Bond says all of the early voting locations are consistent with previous years.

He says the list of Election Day sites has two changes.

The county will be using the Eagles Lodge on South 18th Street instead of the Brady Lane Church of Christ.

Bond says the Lodge is still on the bus line and offers better parking and more space inside.

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Election & Politics
11:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Interview with New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin

New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda speaks with New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin,who was on the Purdue campus to speak as part of the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication's Innovator series.

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Election & Politics
5:11 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Klinker to seek reelection

A long-time Lafayette-area state representative is seeking her 17th term in office.

Sheila Klinker announced her intentions yesterday.

The Democrat has held the District 27 House of Representatives seat since 1983.

So far Klinker is the only candidate to file campaign paperwork for that race.

In 2012 Republican Chuck Hockema ran against Klinker, earning 45.5 percent of the vote.

If a Republican does not run for the seat in the primary election, the party has until June 30th to slate a candidate for the general election.