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.
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.
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.
“Realistic” – that’s the word Indiana Democrats keep using when talking about November’s election. Republicans hold six of eight statewide elected seats and control both houses of the General Assembly with supermajorities.
State Democratic Party chair John Zody says the message he’s getting out is that putting Dems back in the majority isn’t going to happen overnight:
“It’s going to be multiple election cycles and that’s where we know we are and people are talking about that and realistic and they’re focused – and that’s exactly where we need to be,” Zody says.
Only 13-percent of registered Indiana voters went to the polls for May’s primary election.
The 2014 primary election was atypical for Indiana – there were no statewide races on the ballot, the first time that’s happened since 2002. Only three statewide officers are up for election in November – Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor – and those candidates are chosen at the state party conventions.
The first member of Congress to call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation says Shinseki's exit needs to be the start of reform efforts, not the end.
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-2nd) says the lengthy wait times at VA hospitals and cooked books to conceal them should lead to criminal charges against those directly responsible, and a fresh set of eyes at the top to order a comprehensive review.