Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Younger Women Voters Rally to Get Out the Vote

Third Gubernatorial Debate

The third and final debate among the three Indiana gubernatorial race is below. It is about one hour long and focuses on health and social issues.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bayh/Young/Brenton Senate Debate

You can see the entire Bayh/Young/Brenton debate in the race for the open US Senate seat from Indiana below.

Poll Shows Gregg Up 5

A new poll from WISH-TV and Ball State shows Democrat John Gregg up five points on his opponent Eric Holcomb. The five-point margin is not as large as the 12-point margin in the Monmouth University poll released Friday. Jeff Harris, Gregg's spokesman, said, "Despite Indiana's Republican leanings, John Gregg has a consistent lead outside the margin of error, maintains a significant funding advantage and has built an unprecedented statewide get-out-the-vote effort." You can read more about the poll here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tully Calls Gregg "Clear Winner" in Governors' Debate

Indianapolis Star political analyst Matthew Tully identified John Gregg as the "clear winner" of Monday's debate among Indiana's gubernatorial candidates (see the debate below). Tully wrote: "John Gregg was the clear winner in Monday night’s gubernatorial debate, and that victory wasn’t just about the clarity of his message or his command of the stage. What the debate did was suggest that Gregg has a better grasp of both how he wants to lead Indiana and of the issues facing it." The contrast to his Republican opponent Eric Holcomb was strong: "While Gregg was confident, clear and detailed, and focused on exactly the right issues and messages, Holcomb’s performance made clear he has not yet synthesized a message or crafted a deep policy agenda. The debate left me feeling that Gregg, a former speaker of the Indiana House, is ready to step into the job of being governor, while Holcomb would have a learning curve." Read Tully's entire analysis here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Second Governors' Debate

Circuit Court Rules Pence Can't Discriminate Against Syrian Refugees

The day before the vice presidential debate, the 7th Circuit Court ruled unanimously that Gov. Mike Pence had no authority to withhold funding that refugee settment agencies are guaranteed under federal law. Judge Richard Posner wrote: “The governor of Indiana believes, though without evidence, that some of these persons were sent to Syria by ISIS to engage in terrorism and now wish to infiltrate the United States in order to commit terrorist acts here. No evidence of this belief has been presented, however; it is nightmare speculation.” Ouch. The law prevents states that receive resetlement funding from discriminating by national origin (Pence claims it was based on security threats). One of the judges, Judge Diane Sykes, is on Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees. Read more from the Huffington Post here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Indiana Has Registered More Voters Than in 2008

Data from the Indiana secretary of state’s office show that 200,000 more residents have registered to vote in this year’s presidential election than in 2008. You remember 2008--the year that Indiana actually went blue, voting for Barack Obama over John McCain. And last Friday 21,000 voters registered online, the third most ever to do so. Over the weekend the total rose to 30,000.

Are you in that count? If not, you have until October 11 to register. You can find more information about registering to vote here.

Read more about the state's record voter registration here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

First Gubernatorial Debate

The first Indiana Indiana gubernatorial debate was held on September 28 at 10:30 in Lawrence Central High School. You might have missed it! In case you did, you can view it below in its entirety.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Indiana House District 26 Candidates Debate

The candidates for Indiana House District 26 debated on the Purdue campus last week. WLFI's video coverage is below. You can also read detailed analysis of the debate from J&C columnist Dave Bangert here. As reported by Bangert, Woeste's logic for voting for her rather than her Republican opponent for the seat being vacated by Republican randy Truitt seems very strong:
“It makes no sense whatsoever to send another Republican to the legislature from our district. Here’s why. The reason both of us are standing here tonight is because Randy Truitt is not running for re-election. He’s not running for election because he’s too conservative for our district and not nearly conservative enough for the supermajority House Republican caucus.

“We need to break the seal so we can balance the numbers more . . . and have a seat at the table. The Republicans have not been listening to Randy. They aren’t going to listen to (Siegrist), because she breaks from their platform.”

The next District 26 debate will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department, 2899 Klondike Road in West Lafayette.