Elections & Politics

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar will re-register to vote after his right to vote in Indiana’s primary was denied by the Marion County election board.  The decision was part of a legal agreement that kept the issue from being decided in court.

The Marion County Election board ruled a couple weeks ago that Senator Lugar and his wife were no longer eligible to vote using the address of their Indianapolis home as proof of residency. The couple sold the home in 1977, after Lugar was first elected to the Senate.

Social media and the 2012 presidential campaign

Mar 24, 2012

A panel discussion at Purdue examined how social media is transforming the presidential campaign.

Executives from Twitter, Google and C-SPAN highlighted the event, which took comments and questions via social media.

Google is documenting the digital campaign trail at a dedicated website. Jonathan Perelman is global lead in industry relations for the company. He says there’s a stark difference between 2008 and this year’s race when it comes to social media.

Supreme Court Rules White Eligible

Mar 15, 2012

Indiana’s Governor will be allowed to hand pick the new Secretary of State.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Secretary of State Charlie White was eligible to run for the position even though he listed an improper address on his voter registration form.

Democrats argued runner up in the 2010 election, Vop Osili, be slated as the new Secretary of State.

In December, a Marion County judged ruled that should be the case.

But, Thursday's decision overturned that ruling.

White was convicted of six felony charges related to the issue.

A Talk To Remind You Of What You Believe In

Mar 13, 2012

As the presidential primary season marches on around the country, the nasty political ads and robo calls are taking their toll. Many people are, to paraphrase former Vice President Al Gore, getting snippy about their political differences. If we're going to make it till Election Day, commentator Gwen Thompkins thinks we'd better all learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.

Why We Fight: The Psychology Of Political Differences

Mar 2, 2012

Americans, it seems, have never been more polarized about religion and politics. With minds made up and combat-ready, we have a hard time bridging the chasms that divide us.

In The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, explains why. A moral perspective, he argues, is a feature of our evolutionary design. Morality has made it possible for human beings — unlike any other creatures — to forge large, cohesive, cooperative groups. Morality also blinds as it binds, producing conflicts between groups, tribes and countries.

The Indiana Election Commission ruled Friday that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace will not be on the ballot in the primary. 

To be on the primary ballot for governor in Indiana, a candidate must have 500 certified signatures from each congressional district.  Businessman Jim Wallace only had 486 signatures affirmed in Marion County.  But Wallace argued that Marion County’s system was flawed and failed to certify signatures that were valid.  Election Commission chairman Dan Dumezich says Wallace didn’t do enough to prove that.

In "Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It," we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for 2011. Now the people have spoken.

IN Gov. Mitch Daniels makes endorsement decision

Nov 29, 2011
courtesy Purdue President's Office

Indiana's governor likely won't be giving public support to any of the Republican candidates for president.

Mitch Daniels says he doesn't plan on making an endorsement before the primaries kick off in five weeks, and indicated he might not make any at all.

He thinks endorsements are overrated, and believes saying who thinks should be the nominee won't have any impact on voters.

Daniels says he is encouraged by statements the GOP field has made recently about spending and entitlement programs.

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