Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

After Kassig's Death, U.S. Reviewing Hostage Policy

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton says current U.S. hostage policy makes sense, but could use some updating.
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As Hoosiers mourn the loss of Indianapolis-native Abdul-Rahman Kassig, the United States is considering changes to its hostage policy, and a former Indiana congressman says that could include strengthened military action to rescue Americans being held captive.

The White House revealed this week President Obama called for a full review of the country’s current hostage policy earlier this year.

The administration says that review will not include changes to the longstanding U.S. policy of not paying ransom.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Big Tax Cuts Won't Be on the 2015 Agenda

Indiana Senate president pro-tem, David Long.
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Legislative leaders say Hoosiers shouldn’t expect more big tax cuts or changes in the upcoming session. 

In the last 15 years, the General Assembly has enacted major cuts to property taxes, individual and corporate income taxes, financial institutions taxes, business personal property taxes, and eliminated the inheritance tax. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, echoing the comments of all four legislative caucus leaders, says it’s time to take a breath.

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Coats Optimistic About GOP Senate Majority

Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana.

Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats says the GOP’s capture of the Senate will make all the difference for his party. That is, if lawmakers handle their new leadership the right way.

Coats says Republicans have been incredibly frustrated the last few years as bills sent from the GOP-controlled House were blocked by a Democratic majority in the Senate, often without debate. 

The Hoosier Senator says the victories won in this month’s election can allow the GOP to advance its alternatives to President Obama’s proposals.

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Election 2014
4:34 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Despite Losses, Pelath Optimistic About Dems' Future

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath spoke to reporters Thursday about the future of the Democratic party.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says his caucus took a step back in 2014 after losing two seats but promises 2016 will be a very different election.

House Republicans grew their supermajority from 69 to 71 Tuesday.  Minority Leader Scott Pelath says while he wasn’t expecting huge gains, he had hoped to chip away at the GOP’s lead.  And he says responsibility for those losses rests with him.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

House Republicans Choose Leadership for 2015

Indiana House Republicans have a new member in their leadership for the first time in 12 years. The GOP voted on party leadership Wednesday.

Cicero Republican Eric Turner is set to vacate the House seat he won in Tuesday’s election.  Turner had been Speaker Pro Tem since Brian Bosma became Speaker of the House. 

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Election 2014
4:11 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters Say No to Allen County Restructuring

The "No's" had it Tuesday night as voters defeated a referendum on restructuring Allen County's government. The measure only gained about 30 percent of the vote.
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A ballot measure that would have consolidated executive power in Allen County into a single office failed by a convincing margin Tuesday night.

Voters overwhelmingly defeated the referendum – which proposed restructuring county government away from the current three commissioner system to a single county executive – with about 70 percent checking the “No” box.

That result leaves the current Allen County government structure unchanged.

Election 2014
2:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Sweeps Statewide Offices with All-Female Ticket

Secretary of State Connie Lawson was reelected Tuesday night in what became a GOP sweep of Indiana's statewide offices.
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State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry called Tuesday’s election “Ladies Night” as all three female GOP statewide candidates earned emphatic victories.

A little after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence took to the stage at state Republican Party headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.  Speaking to a crowd already buzzing with positivity on a day that was shaping up to be big for the GOP, Pence told them it was a historic night.

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Election 2014
8:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Local Republicans Win Key Statehouse, Congressional Races

Former Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown won a hard-fought Indiana Senate race against Democrat Jack Morris Tuesday night.
Credit Courtesy / Liz Brown for Senate

Allen County Republicans took big wins in several marquee races Tuesday night, handily defeating Democratic challengers for seats in the Indiana General Assembly and Congress.

In a hard-fought race that went negative in the weeks leading up to Election Day, Republican Liz Brown easily defeated Democrat Jack Morris to win Indiana Senate District 15. The open seat formerly belonged to longtime Republican legislator, Tom Wyss, who opted not to seek another term.

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Politics & Government
7:18 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Get the Latest Election Coverage from 89.1 WBOI!

From 8 to 11 this evening you can get updates and analysis of this year’s election results on 89.1 WBOI.

Control of Congress is up for grabs in this midterm election, and NPR's political team will have comprehensive coverage from districts around the country. 

We’ll also be bringing you reporting on statewide and local races from Indiana Public Broadcasting and WBOI News, including analysis from Andrew Downs from the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

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Election 2014
3:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Low Turnout Expected at Hoosier Precincts Today

Less than a third of the number of Hoosiers who voted early in 2012 have turned out ahead of Election Day this year, but experts say the potential impact of expected low voter turnout is unclear.

Only about four percent of Hoosiers cast an early ballot by Friday – that’s compared to 22 percent in 2012, and 14 percent in 2010.  Voting in the May primary was at an historic low. 

But political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says low turnout doesn’t necessarily help either Republicans or Democrats.

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