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Korea has been the focus of many headlines recently. The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang. Otto Warmbier, an American student, was arrested in North Korea and died six days after returning to to the US. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un have openly insulted one another. In a conversation that begins by looking back at the Korean War, Andy Downs leads a discussion that looks at the Prospects for Peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Panelists Include:

Andy Downs, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

Filling a Ballot Vacancy

Jul 28, 2016
Andrew Downs / IPFW

On July 26th, the 24 members of the Republican State Committee met in a caucus to fill the ballot vacancy created by Governor Mike Pence accepting the Republican nomination for vice president.  The 22 voting members* decided that Eric Holcomb is the best candidate to replace Pence. 

Ken Rudin / Political Junkie

Indiana’s primary comes late in an election season and typically doesn't play a consequential role in nominating presidents.

However, Hoosier voters were pivotal this year. Republican Ted Cruz dropped his presidential bid after losing Indiana.  And Democrat Bernie Sanders bought his campaign more time with his defeat of frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

 

Earlier this week Ken Rudin, host of the Political Junkie Podcast and former NPR political editor, spoke with WBOI’s Katy Anderson about other strange moments in Indiana primary history.

Tom Arthur from Orange, CA, United States, via Wikimedia Commons

The primary election in Indiana is not until May, but already many people in Indiana have been researching the presidential candidates diligently (and less diligently) in order to find their preferred candidate. 

Get Ready for the Education Session…Again

Dec 28, 2015
Courtesy / Andrew Downs

 It seems like every session of the Indiana General Assembly is labeled as the “education session” by someone.  This certainly is not surprising for several reasons.  First, education spending makes up approximately one third of all state spending in Indiana.  Second, education is a key component of economic development.  Third, as Horace Mann and others have said, education is the great equalizer in society.  Why shouldn’t education be featured prominently in each session?

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