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?

The Indiana General Assembly: Let the Games Begin

Nov 25, 2015
Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The Indiana General Assembly held its organization day on November 17.  Even before this ceremonial start of the 2015/16 session, there were rumors and announcements about what was going to happen. 

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we feature an IPFW panel discussion entitled "Voting: Right, Privilege, or Burden?" This discussion was recorded on November 9th in the Helmke Library at IPFW.  The event was moderated by Political Science Professor James, and the panelists were history professor Ann Livshiz and political science professors Andrew Downs and Michael Wolf.  

Don't Forget The 2015 Elections

Sep 1, 2015
Courtesy/Andrew Downs

It is 2015, yet most of the discussion about elections focuses on 2016. In some ways this is not surprising given that 2015 is an “off-year” for elections. Even though it is an off-year, there still are elections happening this year and the presidential campaigns are drowning out these elections by starting earlier and earlier each cycle.

Dan Coats

Earlier this week, Republican Sen. Dan Coats stopped by the WBOI Studios to talk about some of the big issues Congress needs to address once members return from their August recess. 

In the first half of a two-part interview, WBOI’s Katy Anderson asked Sen. Coats about his thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal and the fight against the Islamic State. 

Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The first presidential debate is scheduled for Aug. 6th on Fox News.  This might seem ridiculous given that the presidential election is 16 months away (for those planning ahead: it's Nov. 8, 2016). But keep two things in mind.

Is Pence’s Reelection Bid in Trouble?

Jul 1, 2015
Courtesy / Andrew Downs

In June, Bellwether Research and Consulting released a poll examining Hoosiers' views of Gov. Mike Pence and some of his possible opponents in 2016.  The immediate reaction was that the reelection bid by Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in trouble. 

There were reasons to think this:

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