Politics & Government

Election 2015
5:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Sixteen Candidates Vy for Fort Wayne At-Large Seats

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The biggest pool of candidates in the Fort Wayne municipal primaries comes in the race for three at-large positions on the Fort Wayne City Council.

The at-large race for city council includes a whopping sixteen candidates vying for a total of six nominations. That includes seven candidates for the Republicans and nine for the Democrats.

The race is made even more interesting because two of the three available at-large seats will be vacant, meaning lots of new faces are vying to represent the residents of Fort Wayne.

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Three Primary Candidates Challenging Henry for Mayor

Fort Wayne’s Democratic primary race for mayor features four candidates this year, including the incumbent, Mayor Tom Henry.

Henry is seeking a third term as Fort Wayne’s mayor, but he’ll face competition for the nomination.

Two-term Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson is challenging Henry on a platform of talent retention and refocusing the city’s development efforts.

Meanwhile, candidate Tom Cook says he wants to focus on neighborhood development and creating opportunity for lower-income residents.

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Election 2015
2:32 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

In Allen County, Plenty of Contested Primaries

The Indiana municipal primaries take place Tuesday, May 5th -- a chance for Democrats and Republicans to choose the candidates who will be running for local offices this November.

In Allen County, some races are entirely uncontested, but many should be competitive, especially the seats being vacated by incumbents.

All this week, we've been bringing you snapshots of Fort Wayne’s primary field with the help of Andy Downs at the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

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Opinion - Politics
5:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

At the Statehouse, Another Memorable Session...Or Was It?

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

The Indiana General Assembly is required to complete its work no later than April 29th in the years when they pass a two-year budget.  It is quite common for them to work right up to that deadline like they did this year. 

As this session ended, people began talking about how memorable this session was.  They certainly have some notable legislation and events to point to when they are making their case. 

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2015 Session
4:31 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Pence's Agenda Survives the Long Session -- Mostly

Gov. Mike Pence spoke with the media Thursday after the legislature wrapped its 2015 session Wednesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence was able to declare almost total victory Thursday in the wake of the 2015 session despite early skepticism from the General Assembly for much of his agenda.

There were several items on the governor’s agenda that lawmakers were at least hesitant to fully support.  That includes a significant boost to charter school funding, dollars for next year’s state Bicentennial celebration, a major investment in Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative, along with the proposed balanced budget amendment to the state constitution.

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Election 2016
3:47 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Gregg Announces Second Run for Governor

John Gregg announced his candidacy for governor in a video posted to YouTube Thursday.
Credit Screencap / Gregg for Governor (YouTube)

Indiana’s 2016 gubernatorial race could be a repeat of 2012 after Democrat John Gregg Thursday announced he’ll run for governor again.  But Gregg might have competition for the nomination this time.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

IEDC Pushes for Additional Regional Cities Money

The Regional Cities Initiative website urges Hoosiers to lobby lawmakers for more funding. But legislative leaders say funding levels need to be balanced between the initiative and other projects.

Legislative leaders say an aggressive push by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation likely won’t influence final negotiations over how much money to put into the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative.  The initiative is meant to help foster greater collaboration in economic development between communities around the state.

The governor’s proposed budget puts $42 million a year towards the IEDC project.  The House and Senate scaled that back to $10 million a year. 

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

INDOT Commissioner Abruptly Resigns

The Indiana Department of Transportation has new leadership after Commissioner Karl Browning abruptly resigned Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence won’t say why the longtime official is leaving.

Karl Browning has led INDOT since 2013, and previously served as Commissioner from 2006 to 2009. He submitted his resignation via email to the governor Wednesday morning, saying he was proud of his accomplishments but that it was “time to move on.” 

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Politics & Government
3:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Live Dealers Still a Controversial Issue at the Statehouse

Sen. Luke Kenley (foreground) listens to testimony from Centaur Gaming VP John Keeler at the Statehouse Wednesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As lawmakers negotiate the final details of gaming legislation, the future of live dealers at racetrack casinos remains one of the most controversial provisions.  Racino advocates made a final public plea Wednesday.

When the gaming bill left the House, it allowed racinos to replace some electronic games with tables that have live dealers.  The Senate altered that arrangement, instead allowing racinos to add live dealers beginning in 2021. 

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Politics & Government
5:44 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Advocates Push for Spending for State Retiree Benefits

Indiana Retired Teachers Association executive director Nancy Tolson says many retired state employees need the additional benefit lawmakers cut from the new budget.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Retired Teachers Association

Members of the public Friday got their last chance to weigh in on the budget bill this session.  Retiree advocates made a plea for more spending even as a gloomy new revenue forecast has lawmakers looking to cut money out of their budget proposals.

The so-called “13th check” is an additional yearly benefit for retired public employees and teachers.  The amount can range from $150-$450. 

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