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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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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.
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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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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

State Dems Planning Multi-Election Strategy To Reestablish Legislative Power

Democratic leaders blame gerrymandering for a Republican supermajority in both houses of the Indiana General Assembly.
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“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.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Many Lines, Little Waiting: Official Count Shows Indiana Primary Election Turnout Fizzled

This was the scene at many Indiana polling stations in May, as fewer than one in seven registered voters went to the ballot box.
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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. 

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Politics
3:22 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Walorski: Veteran's Affairs Investigation May Be Too Big For Inspector General

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-2nd) and other members of Congress speak in favor of a piece of legislation she says would help close some loopholes that led to the VA wait time incident.
Credit Speaker of the House John Boehner's office / https://www.flickr.com/photos/speakerboehner/13607898585

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.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

As West Lafayette Ponders Changing To A Second Class City, Costs And Space Issues Loom

When Jeffersonville decided it was time to upgrade to a second class city, there were some unexpected pitfalls for the new city clerk.
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The mold keeping West Lafayette leaders out of city hall may pose unexpected problems as the city considers upgrading from a third class municipality to a second class one.

That’s because the newly-created clerk’s office will likely need a considerable amount of space, according to one clerk who recently made a similar transition.

Clerk Vicki Conlin says Jeffersonville city leaders didn’t realize how much real estate she and her employees would need when, in 2012, that city made the switch.

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4:43 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Coats, Donnelly Hold Off On Calling For Shinseki's Job

Conditions at a Phoenix Veteran's Affairs facility have prompted members of Congress to call for the VA Secretary's resignation.
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Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Dan Coats (R-IN) aren’t yet joining the ranks of those calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. 

Controversy has swirled around the Veterans Affairs head for weeks amid allegations that VA hospitals around the country manipulated wait lists, leading to treatment delays and even patient deaths. 

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