Elections & Politics

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It's not just Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump in Indiana.

There was also a visit this week from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

He's the former governor of New Mexico and is suing the Presidential Debate Commission.

Johnson says the Commission keeps the debates exclusive.

“At the heart of what’s wrong with presidential politics is the Presidential Debate Commission, made up of Democrats and Republicans,” he says. “They collude with one another to exclude everybody else.”

Johnson last ran for president in 2012.

Brandon Smith

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Thursday made his pitch to state party leaders and donors, one day after Donald Trump addressed a rally of thousands in Indianapolis. 

Cruz delivered the keynote speech at the state Republicans’ spring fundraising dinner.

The focus of Cruz’s speech – and, he says, the focus of the election – is jobs, freedom and security. 

The theme is what Cruz deemed the “leviathan” of the federal government.

Ohio Governor John Kasich To Visit Indiana Next Week

Apr 21, 2016
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Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)  will visit Indiana next Tuesday, the third of the three GOP presidential candidates to do so.

That's according to a campaign official, who made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Details of the visit are not immediately available, but the official says more details will come.

His visit will come well after Donald Trump's rally Wednesday and Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) Indiana Republican Party dinner appearance tonight.

Kasich is also the only candidate left who hasn't announced a Fort Wayne office yet.

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Thousands of people Wednesday gathered at the State Fairgrounds to cheer Donald Trump, the first of the three remaining Republican presidential candidates to visit Indiana, who focused his speech primarily on trade and the economy.

Trump made sure to repeatedly mention Carrier, which recently announced it was shutting down its Indianapolis facility to move production to Mexico, a move that will cost Indiana around 1,400 jobs.  Trump says, as president, he wouldn’t allow a company to leave the country without consequences.

The two Republicans seeking their party's nomination to run for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat are placing plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at the center of their campaigns.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports the candidates agree more often than not, but some aspects of their proposals are met with skepticism from public healthcare experts.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young met Monday for their first and only televised debate prior to Indiana’s May 3 primary election. 

The two U-S representatives are similar in many ways.  Both argue for lower taxes and reduced regulation.  And, both tout support from anti-abortion groups and the NRA. 

As they sought to define themselves for Republican voters, most of the sparring was over terms like “establishment candidate” and “career politician.”

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During the first quarter of this year, Democratic governor candidate John Gregg raised more money than incumbent Republican Mike Pence. 

Without last minute support from a national group, Pence would’ve been out-raised nearly two-to-one.

Gregg brought in more than $1.8 million between January and March.

Black Hoosiers Could Prove Crucial To A Clinton Primary Win

Apr 18, 2016
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National, state and local representatives were on hand for Monday’s kickoff event for the group African Americans for Hillary, an advocacy organization looking to mobilize the Hoosier State’s black voters. Experts say the campaign’s efforts to reach that particular demographic could prove crucial for the candidate’s success in the Hoosier state.

The Hilary Clinton campaign today trumpeted support from more than 50 African American leaders, from U.S. Representative Andre Carson to a constable in Indianapolis' Center Township.

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Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has made an LGBT hire in Indiana for a key role in her campaign.

Indiana Competes director Peter Hanscom will serve as the state director of Clinton's campaign in Indiana in advance of the May 3 primary.

Hanscom says Clinton will focus on building a statewide campaign, and he expects the number of endorsements from key elected officials in the Democratic Party to grow.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Todd Young (R-9th) in the race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.  The Chamber’s endorsement comes about a month before Young will face off against Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) in May’s primary.

The U.S. Chamber – along with its Indiana counterpart – calls Todd Young a “consistent, constructive conservative.”  Young says the Chamber’s support sends a signal that his leadership will help Hoosiers find good jobs.

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