Elections & Politics

Negele and Straw seeking IN House District 13 seat

Oct 25, 2012

Sharon Negele has served as Attica’s clerk-treasurer since 2003. She and her husband own Wolf’s Fine Chocolates. She nearly beat the House District 42 incumbent two years ago and is giving it another shot in the new district.

“I’m not a quitter and in some cases, I’ve been described as the bulldog," she says with a laugh. "I just won’t give up until I succeed.”

As an example of her persistence, Negele says she helped a neighboring town clean-up its finances even after the State Board of Accounts had given up trying.

Mourdock takes heat for rape comment

Oct 24, 2012

GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is trying to clarify comments he made during Tuesday’s second and final debate regarding abortion and rape. 

When asked his position on abortion rights, Mourdock said he only supports abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.  He went on to say life is a gift from God.

“And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

In Indiana’s final U.S. Senate debate the candidates repeated their attacks on each other, while shifting their focus to issues of foreign policy and social security. 

Squaring off in Tuesday’s debate were Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock, locked in a tight race with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate potentially in play. Libertarian Andrew Horning joined them to discuss foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and term limits for Congress. 

Republican Chuck Hockema grew up in Lafayette. He went through the Tippecanoe School Corporation and graduated from Purdue and then Brigham Young University Law School.

He says he has two major strengths that will serve him well as a state representative. The first is a background in business.

“We need substantive bills that are going to create that climate that everyone talks about for job growth," he says. "I have created jobs. I have created businesses here in Lafayette and West Lafayette. That’s definitely an area that’s going to be a big plus.”

Chris Sigurdson / WBAA Radio

The candidates in the 4th Congressional District tried to distinguish themselves during the only broadcast forum of the campaign.

Republican incumbent Todd Rokita, Democrat Tara Nelson, and Libertarian Benjamin Gehlhausen answered question about keeping college affordable, trade with China and reducing the deficit among other topics.

Two former city council members – one from Lafayette and the other from West Lafayette – are vying to represent the area which includes the two cities and the central portion of Tippecanoe County.

On November 6th voters in House District 26 have a choice of whether the area is heading in the right direction under Republican Randy Truitt or if its needs to change course with Democrat Rick Cornstuble.

WBAA’s Sam Klemet reports.

None of three men running for governor gave any new policy details in their second debate Wednesday night.

As in the first debate, Democrat John Gregg often referenced his bipartisan record as Speaker of the Indiana House. Libertarian Rupert Boneham stuck to his theme of promoting himself as not being a career politician, but a businessman trying to bring openness to state government. Republican Mike Pence cited his Roadmap for Indiana as the way to take the state from good to great.

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Ralph Nader doesn't know why Democrats aren't making raising the minimum wage a bigger issue during the campaign. He says there's a clear cut difference between Democrats and Republicans on the topic.

He made the comments before speaking on "Corporatism and Social Class" at Purdue.

Mike Conroy / Associated Press

Senate candidates Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock spent most of their first debate Monday attacking each other, while Libertarian Andrew Horning called for voters to move away from the status quo. 

Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock says he doesn’t think the upcoming debates between him and his two opponents will get nearly as many viewers as his debate with Senator Richard Lugar in the May primary.  But with the race among the closest in the state, it’s possible there could be more interest than he realizes.  

Several polls in recent weeks all show Mourdock and Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly within just a few percentage points of each other in the race.  Mourdock says he hopes the debates will garner enough attention to have an impact on the campaign.

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