Politics & Government

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.
Credit Courtesy / No to One

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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Election 2014
4:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Party Leaders Differ on What Will Drive Hoosiers to the Polls

With the fall election coming Tuesday, Indiana’s Democratic and Republican Parties are working hard on direct voter contact in an effort to get people to the polls.  But party leaders have different ideas about what issues they think should be at the forefront of voters’ minds.

Indiana’s 2014 general election lacks a big ticket race – such as president or governor – and arguably lacks a marquee issue, after the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage failed to make its way onto the ballot. 

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Legislators Push for Action in Reducing Teen Pregnancy

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Lawmakers are urging the General Assembly to act soon to help reduce teen pregnancy in Indiana, as the state’s teen birth rate is higher than the national average.

Teen birth rate is the number of live births per one thousand teens age 15 to 19.  Indiana’s rate is about 33 per 1,000 teens, with the national rate at about 29.  That’s compared to the teen pregnancy rate, which measures the number of pregnancies per one thousand teens, which includes births, abortions, still births and miscarriages. 

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Opinion - Politics
6:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Balancing Disparities in Public School Funding is No Easy Fix

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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In the past month, you may have heard or read the StateImpact story about the Indiana House Republican Caucus’ legislative priorities for the upcoming session.  One of the items that caught people’s attention was that the Republican Caucus wants to “fix” the K-12 school funding formula by reducing the gap between the highest and lowest funded districts.   According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the highest funded district receives more than $9,500 per student and the lowest receives approximately $5,500.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Listen: Advocates Discuss Single County Executive Proposal at "Issues & Ales"

Listeners packed The Phoenix in Fort Wayne for the latest edition of "Issues & Ales" Oct. 29th.

WBOI listeners packed the house Wednesday night at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne for two hours of discussion on issues facing Allen County and the region at large.

The panel discussions were part of WBOI's "Issues & Ales" series, which features experts talking about topics in front of an audience at local restaurants and bars.

Hour one of the discussion focused on the upcoming vote on whether or not Allen County should change its county governance from three executives to one. Voters go to the polls to decide the issue Nov. 4th.

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