The Indiana Republican Party is holding a presidential debate watch party Wednesday as President Obama and Governor Romney take the stage in Denver. The state Democratic Party will likely host an event for the second debate.
State Republican Party spokesman Pete Seat said the debate parties are a great way to connect with friends and fellow Republicans and experience the debates in a community setting.
Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Rush is Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice – and the second woman to ever sit on the state’s high court.
Governor Mitch Daniels named Rush as his pick Friday. Hamilton County judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were the other two finalists. Many in the legal community urged the governor to name a woman to the bench.
While Daniels says he wasn’t oblivious to those calls, quality was his first concern.
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman is campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in a commercial airing around the state. Skillman highlights Mourdock’s ability to work with both sides of the aisle, something Mourdock’s opponents say goes against his record.
In the 30 second ad, Skillman talks about Mourdock’s experience working with she and Governor Mitch Daniels. She refers to the state treasurer a “great teammate” who will work with Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of military veterans, Romney spent the majority of his speech talking about issues concerning current and former service members. Romney touched on several issues including defense spending cuts, a backlog of military disability claims and slow economic growth. Romney said the biggest concern he hears from veterans is jobs.
“They’ve served their country. They want to get back to work," Romney said. "They need and deserve good jobs. And this president’s greatest failure is that he’s not delivered those jobs.”
Two years after its creation, Indiana’s Securities Restitution Fund – which provides relief for victims of investment scams – paid out its first check, and Secretary of State Connie Lawson says there should be more to come.
A major reason why it took two years for a single check to be issued from the fund is timing: to be eligible for relief, the scam must have taken place on or after July 1, 2010. That's the date the law creating the fund took effect.
Secretary Lawson says the time between the crime and when the victim gets relief can be lengthy.