Vi Simpson

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.

The Hoosier Environmental Council wants more voters to think “green” when they cast their ballot this November. The organization is highlighting issues, such as clean energy and natural resources, and the positions the candidates for governor are taking.

Jesse Kharbanda, executive director, says good environmental and economic policies go hand-in-hand in many instances.

"For example, clean energy is a fabulous opportunity for Indiana, where by we could improve our air and water quality, while at the same time providing jobs."

Indiana Democratic Caucus

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg named Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate.

Simpson has served in the state Senate since 1984 after spending time as Monroe County Auditor.  The Bloomington-area native briefly ran for governor in 2004 and again flirted with running last year.  A pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage Democrat, Simpson differs on key issues with John Gregg, but that’s something she says strengthens them.

A statewide smoking ban is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval. This, after weeks of debate and compromise have left many legislators aren’t satisfied with the results.

The final version of the ban exempts bars and taverns, gaming facilities, tobacco shops and private clubs.  And it does not prevent local governments from passing stricter bans.