Elections & Politics

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Governor Mike Pence will meet with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this weekend as rumors swirl around Pence as a potential pick for Trump’s running mate.

With the Republican National Convention a few weeks away, the Trump campaign is in the vetting process for vice presidential candidates.

And Pence campaign spokesman Marc Lotter confirms the governor will, in Lotter’s words, “spend a little time” with Trump this weekend.

Lotter says the meeting is consistent with other meetings Pence has taken with party leaders.

Indiana Democrats on Saturday slated their candidates for the November 8 general election.

John Gregg and Christina Hale officially accepted their nominations for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. 

Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker, and Hale, a state representative, laid out their own proposals and backgrounds as they addressed more than two thousand delegates at the Democratic state convention in Indianapolis

But they talked more about what they call the failings of the Pence administration. 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Monday released a lengthy, detailed proposal he says will help spur Indiana’s economic growth.  And Gregg says it’s a plan that won’t require any new or increased taxes, relying instead on shifting existing resources.

The Gregg campaign’s 35-point plan includes proposals focused on building a skilled workforce, growing small businesses and streamlining economic development efforts. 

Gregg says those proposals, if put into action, would be judged by evaluating a series of key metrics.

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Donald Trump has repeatedly said Hoosier native Judge Gonzalo Curiel wasn’t impartial when ruling on a case involving Trump because of Curiel’s Mexican heritage and Trump’s pledge to build a wall on America’s southern border. 

Governor Pence calls those comments “inappropriate” and says a judge’s partiality should never be questioned because of their ethnic background.

“But that being said, if I wanted to comment on everything that’s said in the presidential campaigns, I would have run for president," Pence says.  "I’m focused on the state of Indiana.”

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A week after he announced he was stepping down as head of the Montgomery County Republican Party, John Pickerill now says he’ll run for the Indiana House.

Pickerill says he'll seek the Libertarian nomination to run against House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown.

The party's state committee will decide those nominations in two weeks.

Pickerill unseated an incumbent chairman three years ago by a single vote.

Since then, he's been battling rivals within the party who he charges haven't followed a true conservative line.

Gregg To Announce Running Mate Before Dems' Convention

May 23, 2016
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg plans to announce his running mate next month, about a week before the party's state convention.

Gregg isn't saying how many potential lieutenant governors he's considering, but says he's looking for someone who shares his vision on the economy and education.

But he says the criteria are slightly different from his first run four years ago -- he says he's also looking for someone who can help win over the centrist Republicans he's betting are dissatisfied with Governor Mike Pence.

Close 8th District Primary May Be Decided By A Recount

May 17, 2016
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Indiana’s Eighth Congressional District will have a primary election recount on the Democratic side.

In the days right after the election, Ron Drake led opponent David Orentlicher by 61 votes.

After the counties counted absentee and provisional ballots this week, Drake is now up by only 53, out of close to 60,000 total votes, leading Orentlicher to file a petition for a recount Tuesday.

"Because mistakes are made, machines aren’t perfect, and the people who…the humans who count the absentee ballots and provisional ballots make mistakes too," Orentlicher says.

Tipp Co Cuts Ties With Election Software Company

May 13, 2016
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Six months before the November general election, the Tippecanoe County Election Board is shopping for a new contractor to provide computer software needed to run the voting system.

The three-member board voted Friday to cancel the county’s contract with Robis Elections, based in Wheaton, Illinois.

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One of Northwest Indiana's biggest employers wants to ban Chinese steel from the American market.

In a complaint with the International Trade Commission, U.S. Steel says Chinese imports are hurting jobs in places like Indiana -- where steel was also a hot topic on the campaign trail.

   Republican Congressman Todd Young cruised to a double-digit victory Tuesday, finishing off a bitter and sometimes divisive Senate primary race against U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on how the night unfolded for the two campaigns, and whether Republicans can unite behind the winner.

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