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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

WTHR/Howey Poll Shows Gregg and Bayh Maintaining Leads

Evan Bayh and John Gregg continue to outperform the top of the Democratic ticket in Indiana. The latest WTHR/Howey poll of Indiana voters shows John Gregg maintaining a five point lead over Eric Holcomb, 40 to 35 percent with Libertarian Rex Bell polling 6 percent. Evan Bayh holds a four point lead over Todd Young, 44-40. Howey also notes that Pence has done Trump no good in Indiana; his numbers have actually declined in the state since adding Pence to the ticket. Read more at Howey Politics here.

Pence Ducks Birther Questions in Raddatz Grilling

Watch Mike Pence dance around Martha Raddatz's strightforward questions about why Donald Trump took so long to acknowledge that the President was born in the US and his lame defense of Trump's threatening comments about denying Hillary Clinton armed Secret Service protection.

Being Trump's VP candidate and rationalizer-in-chief must be a tough job, but Pence signed on for it--and he gets a plane with his name on it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Howey: Pence Is AWOL as Governor

Brain Howey lambasts Mike Pence for leaving Indiana in the lurch to seek higher office, while, Howey points out, he is "still being paid by Indiana’s hard working taxpayers." (You'd think Pence could turn some things over to his Lt. Gov Eric Holcomb, but he's busy running for governor!) "Meanwhile," says Howey, "messy life goes on in the Great Hoosier State. And there are an array of issues that the governor should be discussing." You can see the Indiana issue agenda Pence is ignoring in Howey's full column here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lafayette City Council and County Commissioners Vote to Protect Gender Identity

The Lafayette City Council voted unanimously to amend the city's Human Relations Ordinance to include age, veteran status and gender identity to the city's protected classes. The vote occurred on the second reading of the amendement, which is the final one.

The Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve gender identity as a protected class in Tippecanoe County. The county amendment must pass on a second reading.

Channel 18 coverage is below and J&C coverage is here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Governor's Forum Video

Below is a video of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's hosts the Thriving Communities, Thriving State Gubernatorial Forum conducted on August 30. All three candidates for Indiana Governor – Libertarian Rex Bell, Democrat John Gregg, and Republican Eric Holcomb – are interviewed individually by Justice Randall Shepard. John Gregg's portion starts at 18:48.