2018 Indiana Midterm Elections

President Trump warned at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night that if his party loses in November's midterm elections, the "radical Democrat mob" will take away everything he has achieved since his election, while encouraging crime and socialism.

It was an echo of something he's been saying a lot lately, including at rallies in Iowa and Kansas in recent days and on Twitter — a line that Republicans have been quick to seize upon as they try to sustain a newly-enthused GOP base in the wake of the divisive confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In the high-stakes battle for a pivotal Indiana Senate seat, Democrat Joe Donnelly has repeatedly attacked his opponent, multimillionaire auto-parts magnate Mike Braun, for importing the products he sells from China.

It's a potent issue for the incumbent senator in a manufacturing powerhouse state where "made in America" is an identity — not just a slogan — and railing against foreign outsourcing helped President Donald Trump rack up a win by 19 percentage points.

AP FACT CHECK: Indiana candidates make misleading claims

Oct 10, 2018

The Associated Press fact checked the first Indiana U.S. Senate debate Monday evening among Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and his challengers Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Donnelly, a moderate Democrat who has been in Congress since 2006, is considered one of the country's most vulnerable incumbents in his race against Braun, a Republican who's modeled his campaign as a political outsider and businessman after President Donald Trump.

Here's a look at some of the claims during the debate, held at Purdue University Northwest's Westville campus:

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Indiana US Senate candidates to face off in 1st debate

Oct 8, 2018

WESTVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's three U.S. Senate candidates will face off in the first debate of the general election campaign.

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton will take the stage Monday night at the Purdue University Northwest campus.

The Indiana Debate Commission, in partnership with Purdue University Northwest, presents the first of two U.S. Senate Debates. Moderating the debate between Senator Joe Donnelly (D), Mike Braun (R), and Lucy Brenton (L), is Anne Ryder.

The debate takes place at PNW's Westville Campus's James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex, on Monday, October 8th at 6:00 PM. You must have a ticket to attend; if you are not able to attend, the debate is streaming below:

Just over a month away from critical elections across the country, the wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

In July, there was a 10-point gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans saying the November elections were "very important." Now, that is down to 2 points, a statistical tie.

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the midterm election conversation Monday, endorsing 260 candidates in federal and state races across the country.

That brings the former president's list of endorsed candidates for November's midterms, all Democrats, to over 300, as he released a tranche of endorsements in August as well.

GOP Indiana Senate candidate weighs in on Kavanaugh claims

Sep 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun is weighing in on sexual misconduct allegations made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Braun tweeted Tuesday that he supports Senate Judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's call to review the claims, which Braun characterized as "11th Hour" allegations against someone with a "sterling" record and "outstanding" personal reputation.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Indiana, often refers to his rival, Sen. Joe Donnelly, as "Sleepin' Joe" and has vowed to wake the vulnerable Democrat from his "siesta" on Election Day.

As both parties begin their final post-Labor Day sprint to Election Day, there are concrete signs that Democratic voters are fired up heading into the midterm elections.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the majority of states that have already held primaries. There's been massive increases in Democratic turnout while often a minimal uptick — or even noticeable dip — in turnout among Republican voters.

The Trump era has already produced many moments of unprecedented strangeness, but perhaps none to match his triumphal visit to West Virginia just hours after two of his key associates were found guilty or pleaded guilty on a total 16 federal counts in two separate proceedings in two courts.

As President Trump enthralled a rally crowd for more than an hour on Fox News Tuesday night, a click to another channel revealed endless tape loops of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen leaving courthouses.

The Democratic National Committee acknowledged on Thursday that an attempted cyberattack it reported to the FBI was actually a security test by friendly volunteers from Michigan.

DNC security boss Bob Lord said in a statement that a "third party" launched a "simulated phishing test on" the party's voter database — one Lord had announced on Wednesday in what at first appeared to be a warning about more foreign active measures this year.

Ask Ollie: Bella

Aug 15, 2018

Lakeshore Public Radio's newest furry friend Ollie, joins us in the studio to answer your pets' questions, in our newest segment "Ask Ollie," which is supported by the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana.

Indiana Democrat Calls For Enhanced Election Security

Jul 30, 2018
Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The winner of the Republican Party in the May primary for the Lake County Council Christian Jorgensen talked with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson after Friday's recount. Jorgensen is currently President of the St John Town Council and he is an attorney by trade.  Jorgensen ran against incumbent Eldon Strong for the 7th district seat.  When asked about his opponent's concession of the race he said that was a positive.
 

The battle lines are being drawn five months ahead of the midterms, with more Americans than at any point in at least the last two decades saying they're enthusiastic about voting — and record numbers of voters say President Trump and which party controls Congress are big factors in their vote, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, right, don't agree on who's to blame for the Trump administration's family separation policy. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and the Indiana General Assembly)
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Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in Indiana’s Senate race say the U.S. should not separate parents from their children at the border. But those candidates don’t agree on who’s to blame for that policy.

When Congress approved giving $380 million to states to bolster the security of their elections, state officials were caught off guard but extremely grateful. Elections are notoriously underfunded and haven't seen a windfall like this from the federal government in more than a decade.

But getting that money out to all the states, and then into the hands of localities that run the elections, with enough time to have a meaningful effect on the 2018 midterm elections is a difficult proposition.

Indiana Democrats Officially Nominate Statewide Ticket

Jun 16, 2018
Indiana Democrats running statewide in 2018: from left, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, State Auditor candidate Joselyn Whitticker, and State Treasurer candidate John Aguilera. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The Indiana Democratic candidates for statewide office share a common theme: it’s time for an end to one-party rule in Hoosier state government.

Democratic delegates met in Indianapolis Saturday for their biannual party convention.

Each member of the Democratic statewide ticket emphasized the need to eliminate Republican control at the Statehouse. Or, as Treasurer candidate John Aguilera put it:

Sessions' Visit Draws Protests

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon to discuss the Trump administration’s immigration policies. During his remarks, Sessions strongly defended policies that separate undocumented children from their parents.

Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention. (Indiana Democratic Party)
Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention. (Indiana Democratic Party)

Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention.

Two of those candidates signed on to run less than two weeks before the party’s big meeting

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
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A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. 

Turnout normalized this year after historically poor turnout in the last midterm primary.

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, left, is running against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, right. (Harper For Indiana/Indiana Secretary of State)
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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson supports the voter purge method recently halted by a federal judge.

(From left) Secretary of State Connie Lawson, State Auditor Tera Klutz, and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell meet with GOP delegates ahead of the state party convention. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana Republicans just went through a Senate primary dubbed one of the "nastiest in the nation." And now there’s a fight over whether the party platform should define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Democrats File For Auditor, Treasurer Races

Jun 7, 2018

Indiana Democrats hope to secure victories in state treasurer and auditor races for the first time in decades. And two candidates stepped up to run just a little more than week before the party convention, where they’ll be officially nominated.

Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform. (Indiana GOP)
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Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform, its value statements.

The move comes as Hupfer tries to resolve a fight over whether to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Across the country Tuesday night, Democrats got good news in their effort to take back the House.

They advanced candidates in key races in California (after being concerned they could be shut out), put forward what party operatives see as the best candidates in suburban New Jersey, and they feel good about their candidates who won in New Mexico and Iowa.

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It's been the story since Trump was elected.

Dueling, massive crowds showed up in Washington in January 2017: on one day, supporters of the newly inaugurated president; and, the next, an enormous gathering of opponents for the Women's March, with largely women leading the resistance.

4th Congressional district Republican nominee Rep. Jim Baird, left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun - a former state lawmaker - were attacked for their votes to raise the state’s gas tax 10 cents. (Courtesy Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Two Republican primary candidates were attacked for their votes last year to raise the state’s gas tax. They both won their races.

And legislative leaders say those results affirm their support for the 2017 gas tax legislation.

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