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9:14 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Auditor Race Heats Up As State Closes Out Fiscal '14

Democratic state auditor candidate Michael Claytor says the state should save less and devote some of its existing savings to re-funding cuts made to the state education budget during the recession.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana will close the books today on the fiscal year that ended June 30. State Auditor Suzanne Crouch updates Hoosiers on how the state’s revenues performed. 

But Crouch’s Democratic opponent in this fall’s election is accusing the Pence administration of “cooking the books.”

Indiana tax collections struggled for much of the fiscal year, prompting Pence to cut state agency and university budgets and even sell one of the state planes. 

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Politics
5:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ethics Committee Could Settle With Bennett Over Possible Campaign Violations

Tony Bennett was accused of campaigning for reelection during his office hours as state superintendent.
Credit House Committee on Education and Workforce / https://www.flickr.com/photos/edlabordems/4579749374

An ethics committee investigating charges against former state school superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement

The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Rokita Says Tone Of Town Hall Meetings Is Changing

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) addresses a crowd in downtown Lafayette.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) visited Lafayette Friday for the latest in his "Congress On Your Corner’"series of town hall meetings.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski caught up with the congressman after the talk to ask about the tone of the discussion and about whether his likely re-election in November changes the way he speaks to constituents.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Despite Congressional Inaction, Coats Letter Blasts Obama For Flood Of Immigrants

The letter was written by Coats and several other conservative Republicans who've been divided on immigration issues.
Credit courtesy Dan Coats

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) and several other conservative Republicans have penned a letter to President Obama accusing him of, in their words, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis that’s led to a flood of Central American migrants into the U.S.

Coats and fellow Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans Thad Cochran (R-MS), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) accuse the Obama Administration of not enforcing the nation’s immigration laws – despite the fact the number of deportations of illegal immigrants is up during Obama’s tenure.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Newest State Lawmaker Will Serve One Day At Statehouse Before Reelection Bid

Gambill lost her House race in 2010, but will run as an incumbent this year.
Credit courtesy Bionca Gambill

Indiana‘s newest state representative will be campaigning in November to win a career in the House chamber that lasts longer than one day.

Former township trustee Bionca Gambill (D-Terre Haute) replaces Kreg Battles (D-Vincennes), who resigned last month. She was sworn in in time to take part in a special one-day session to fix errors in two new laws, but the House won‘t reconvene until after the November general election.

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