In Indiana’s final U-S Senate debate the candidates repeated their attacks on each other, while shifting their focus to issues of foreign policy and social security.
Squaring off in Tuesday’s debate were Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock, locked in a tight race with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate potentially in play. Libertarian Andrew Horning joined them to discuss foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and term limits for Congress.
As Governor Mitch Daniels’ official portrait was unveiled Tuesday, he says he hopes the accomplishments of his administration will far outlast Hoosiers’ memory of him.
The portrait shows Daniels standing in his office, without a suit coat, leaning against a chair and holding a pen in his hand. Lafayette native Richard Halstead, one of 43 applicants, was commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to paint it.
Halstead says Daniels had only one request – that the painting not be artificial or unnatural.
GOP Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock says he doesn’t think the upcoming Senate debates will get nearly as many viewers as his debate with Senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. But with the race among the closest in the state, it’s possible there could be more interest than he realizes.
Gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg briefly launched attacks on each other’s records during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate. But none of the candidates used the forum to say things they haven’t already been saying.
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.