Politics & Government

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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Election 2014
6:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

WBOI Presents: Indiana's Third District Congressional Debate

The candidates for Indiana's third congressional district appeared on PBS39 Tuesday night for their only debate. (From left: Justin Kuhnle (D); incumbent Marlin Stutzman (R); and Scott Wise (L).
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On Tuesday, October 21st, PBS39 hosted a debate for the candidates running for Indiana's third district congressional seat. The event was sponsored by IPFW and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

This is the only debate in which the candidates will participate during the 2014 election cycle.

On stage for the event were incumbent Republican Marlin Stutzman, Democrat Justin Kuhnle, and Libertarian Scott Wise.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Casino Owners Call for Move to Land-Based Gaming

Casino executives asked lawmakers at a study committee hearing Wednesday to allow at least some land-based gaming in Indiana. Currently, Indiana only allows casinos to operate on riverboats.
Credit Courtesy / Pinnacle Entertainment

The future of land-based casinos in Indiana could come down to the definition of “footprint,” according to the debate at a legislative study committee meeting Wednesday.

Some of Indiana’s riverboats say permitting land-based casinos allows them to build better facilities and strengthens their ability to compete with the growing number of casinos in other states. 

Pete Liguori is the CEO of Majestic Star Casinos in northwest Indiana.  He says allowing riverboats to move on land has positive benefits for the community.

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Politics & Government
6:40 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Pence Wants to Talk HIP 2.0 With President Obama

Governor Mike Pence says he wants to meet with President Obama to discuss what he calls increasing frustration over a lack of progress in getting approval for his proposed healthcare expansion. 

Pence sent the president a letter requesting a meeting during his visit to Indiana Friday where he’ll discuss improvements in the economy.

The governor says he wants to deliver a message that the proposed expansion of the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers is not an idea; it’s a proven program. 

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