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Democrats Say Their First Bill Will Focus On Strengthening Democracy At Home

Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money. Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions. "It's three very basic things that I think the public wants to see," said Rep....

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Regionally Speaking With Chris Nolte

Purdue University Ft Wayne

Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Today: Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, talks about the 2018 Indiana midterm elections, the issues surrounded some counties (like Porter County) in reporting their returns on Election Night, the races for General Assembly and what issues may come up in the 2019 legislative session. We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, and Steve Beekman with the Food Bank of Northwest...

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2018 Midterm Elections

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national credit rating agency is lauding Indiana voters' ratification of a constitutional amendment that obligates the General Assembly to pass balanced budgets.

Moody's Investors Service deemed Indiana's new mandate as "credit positive" in its Weekly Credit Outlook that regularly reviews policy decisions that impact state and national government finance.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On a night Democrats nationwide rode a blue wave of opposition to President Donald Trump to pick up governorships and take control of the House, their momentum stalled in the red state of Indiana.

Instead, Republican Mike Braun's victory over the lone remaining Democrat elected statewide helped turn Indiana an even darker shade of crimson.

The multimillionaire auto parts magnate ousted Sen. Joe Donnelly, offering a strong indicator of where the state and its middle-of-the-road reputation could be headed politically.

Porter County Seeks FBI Probe of Election Woes

Nov 7, 2018

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northwestern Indiana county plagued by vote counting delays are asking the FBI to investigate alleged violations of state election law.

Porter County's commissioners asked the FBI on Wednesday to investigate "scores of alleged violations of Indiana Election Law submitted by poll workers, voters and the public" that the commissioners had received.

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FACT CHECK: President Trump's False Claims On Migrant Caravan, Tax Cuts

Updated at 5:22 p.m. ET President Trump is campaigning hard with just two weeks to go until the midterm elections, and he is keeping the fact-checkers busy. Never a stickler for the truth , Trump has introduced a number of fresh falsehoods during the wide-ranging monologues he has been offering to adoring crowds in packed arenas around the country. Here's a look at some of the the president's latest false claims. Migrant caravan With conservative news outlets glued to a caravan of Central...

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State Bans Sale Of Two Aquatic Invasive Species

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Indiana has banned the sale and distribution of two invasive aquatic plant species — starry stonewort and water soldier. Both species could hurt recreation in the state. They tend to form dense vegetation in the water that make it hard for boats to move through and can crowd out native species. 

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