Politics & Government

Election 2014
6:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

WBOI Presents: Indiana's Third District Congressional Debate

The candidates for Indiana's third congressional district appeared on PBS39 Tuesday night for their only debate. (From left: Justin Kuhnle (D); incumbent Marlin Stutzman (R); and Scott Wise (L).
Credit Courtesy / PBS39

On Tuesday, October 21st, PBS39 hosted a debate for the candidates running for Indiana's third district congressional seat. The event was sponsored by IPFW and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

This is the only debate in which the candidates will participate during the 2014 election cycle.

On stage for the event were incumbent Republican Marlin Stutzman, Democrat Justin Kuhnle, and Libertarian Scott Wise.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Casino Owners Call for Move to Land-Based Gaming

Casino executives asked lawmakers at a study committee hearing Wednesday to allow at least some land-based gaming in Indiana. Currently, Indiana only allows casinos to operate on riverboats.
Credit Courtesy / Pinnacle Entertainment

The future of land-based casinos in Indiana could come down to the definition of “footprint,” according to the debate at a legislative study committee meeting Wednesday.

Some of Indiana’s riverboats say permitting land-based casinos allows them to build better facilities and strengthens their ability to compete with the growing number of casinos in other states. 

Pete Liguori is the CEO of Majestic Star Casinos in northwest Indiana.  He says allowing riverboats to move on land has positive benefits for the community.

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Politics & Government
6:40 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Pence Wants to Talk HIP 2.0 With President Obama

Governor Mike Pence says he wants to meet with President Obama to discuss what he calls increasing frustration over a lack of progress in getting approval for his proposed healthcare expansion. 

Pence sent the president a letter requesting a meeting during his visit to Indiana Friday where he’ll discuss improvements in the economy.

The governor says he wants to deliver a message that the proposed expansion of the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers is not an idea; it’s a proven program. 

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Opinion - Politics
4:57 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Allen County Executive Vote is Direct Democracy in Action

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many states added elements of direct democracy that enabled voters to have a direct say in what might become law, how public money would be spent, and recalling elected officials from office. 

Indiana did not add many of these elements which is why many voters may not be able to remember ever actually voting on anything like these. 

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Justice
5:24 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Council Calls for More Funding to Represent Juveniles

The Indiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges says the state needs to put more money into providing public defenders for juveniles.  The announcement comes ahead of a new rule that will create a greater need for those lawyers.

Indiana Criminal Rule 25 mandates that juveniles in the court system must be provided a lawyer – often a public defender – in certain circumstances. 

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Energizing Indiana
4:47 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Study Committee Will Hear Report on Energizing Indiana

Environmental and consumer advocates say they’re skeptical about whether lawmakers will take seriously a report providing a positive evaluation of the state’s now-eliminated energy efficiency program.

Last session, the legislature passed a bill eliminating the state’s energy efficiency program known as Energizing Indiana.  It also mandated the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission create a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

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Politics & Government
3:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Bayh Says He Won't Run in 2016

Former Sen. Evan Bayh says he won't run for governor in 2016, but will still help Democrats campaign for office.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh says the growing partisan divide in Indiana is the reason for his decision not to make another bid for the governor’s mansion in 2016.

Friday’s announcement comes after months of questions about the former two-term governor’s political future. Bayh’s continued popularity in the state Democratic Party, combined with a still-robust campaign war chest, has been fueling speculation about a run for governor in two years. 

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Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

As Revenue Lags, Senator Urges Caution During 2015 Budget Session

Indiana Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says Hoosiers shouldn’t be concerned about lagging tax revenues.  But he says lawmakers should proceed with caution as they prepare to write a new budget in the coming months.

Indiana tax revenues came in under projections for the first two months of the fiscal year that began in July.  That follows the last fiscal year in which the state only outperformed its targets by one-tenth of one percent, and with less revenue than the previous year. 

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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: "Energizing Indiana" Was Cost Effective

Energizing Indiana, the state's energy efficiency program, was canceled earlier this year.

A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective—saving about three dollars for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from the program—called Energizing Indiana—was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. For every one dollar in rebate, the companies saved more than five dollars in electricity costs.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

State Will Fund Adoption Subsidies for Children with Special Needs

Indiana adoption advocates say there’s excitement in the community after the state announced it will resume funding the State Adoption Subsidy for parents who adopt special needs children from foster care.

The Department of Child Services stopped providing the subsidies in 2009.  It was the peak of the recession and agency budgets were being slashed. 

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