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3:22 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor says he wants to see as many competitive races in next year's election as possible -- even if it means he has a challenger.
Credit City of Frankfort

It’s no secret that Indiana winters are tough on roadways.

But consider the city of Frankfort’s streets, which Mayor Chris McBarnes has said are an embarrassment to the city – can they survive another winter without additional financial support? And just where might that large windfall come from?

Mayor McBarnes has announced he’s running for re-election next year, but is the Frankfort he’s running to helm for another four years the same one he started with?

Also, what, if anything, can the city do to fix the failing grades of a number of schools in the community?

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Government
4:56 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Lafayette Seeks To Turn Problematic Feral Cat Feeders Into Problem-solvers

Lafayette has more feral cats than its animal control department can manage by itself.
Credit Chriss Haight Pagani / https://www.flickr.com/photos/nwartist/4427561580

Lafayette city leaders are trying to turn a negative into a positive when dealing with the city’s ballooning feral cat population.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says some city residents have begun to feed colonies of the homeless felines, which encourages them to breed and their numbers to grow further.

“We cannot even keep up with the number of calls that we get from the people that are complaining about the feral cats or the people that already are trying to trap some of the feral cats,” Roswarski says.

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Government
1:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

The city is enlisting the help of its citizens in an effort to control the feral cat population.
Credit Lafayette Mayor's Office

Some questions for Mayor Roswarski this week:

There are numbers out now showing that Indiana’s voter participation rate may have been the worst of any state in last week’s election. Mayor Dennis told us on last week’s show he worries a minority of the electorate will pick next year’s mayoral race winners – and you, like he, will be running in one of those races. Do you share his worry?

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Government
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Coats Warns Of Distractions As Senate GOP Plans Its Agenda

Indiana's senior senator says his party should worry less about blasting the president and more about building the party's image ahead of the 2016 elections.
Credit courtesy Dan Coats

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says the Republican Party’s capture of the Senate will make all the difference for his party -- if lawmakers handle their new leadership the right way.

Coats says Republicans have been incredibly frustrated the last few years as bills sent from the GOP-controlled House were blocked by a Democratic majority in the Senate, often without debate. 

The Hoosier Senator says the victories won in this month’s election can allow the GOP to advance its alternatives to President Obama’s proposals.

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Government
1:48 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

In this week's Ask The Mayor, WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski proposes a Lincoln-Douglas-style series of debates in next year's race and the mayor says he's in.
Credit City of West Lafayette

As he prepares to run for a third term next year, voter turnout has West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis concerned.

Less than a third of registered Tippecanoe County voters cast ballots in this year’s elections – and that number leaves out the one-third of eligible voters who aren’t even registered.

So might a small minority of the county pick next year’s winners?

A lot of this week’s program is spent talking about the ramifications of an election cycle so predictable voters appear to have stopped caring.

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