Politics & Government

Politics & Government
9:09 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Senate candidates have final debate before election

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. 

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Politics & Government
2:17 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Governor's portrait unveiled

Governor Mitch Daniels poses with his official portrait, unveiled Tuesday. The Indiana Governors Portraits Collection now totals 53 such works.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

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.

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Politics & Government
2:46 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Senate candidates prepare for debate

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. 

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Politics & Government
10:53 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Gubernatorial candidates spar at first debate

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.

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Politics & Government
5:58 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Brian Bosma offers an opinion on the 2013 Republican agenda

House Republicans said their legislative agenda in the 2013 session will focus on fiscal integrity, jobs and education.  One House Democrat said Republican leaders are hiding their true agenda.

House Speaker Brian Bosma Thursday rolled out what he said are the keys to a successful future for the state.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Parties hold parties to celebrate debate

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. 

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Zoeller announces prescription drug abuse awareness effort

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announces a new billboard in Fort Wayne urging awareness of prescription drug abuse.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller visited Fort Wayne to announce a new public awareness project aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Without action, farm programs to expire at month's end

Farm groups have expressed concern that key programs such as crop insurance and disaster relief are under threat when current provisions expire at the end of the month.

House leadership has been reluctant to call the bill for a vote, due to a deep political divide over cuts to the food stamp program, which accounts for 20% of the bill.

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Politics & Government
3:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Daniels names Rush to Indiana Supreme Court

Governor Mitch Daniels named Loretta Rush to the Indiana Supreme Court Friday. Rush is only the second woman ever to serve on the court.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

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.

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Politics & Government
8:34 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Skillman supports Mourdock ad

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. 

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