2020 U. S. Congressional First District candidates

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Today:   Officials with NEO New Vistas, a school in Portage, and Indianapolis-based SunFunded Ed will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 5, on a solar energy array that will save the school money on their electricity bills as well as support renewable energy and "green jobs" in northwest Indiana.  One of the founders of SunFundedEd, Region native Kelly Hipskind, joins us to talk about his organization and its goals, how it has helped school districts across the state in reaching their goals, and how SunFunded is giving back to his "hometown" community.   Congressional candidate Frank Mrvan joins us to talk about his Election Night victory and how he will prepare for his trip to Capitol Hill to succeed the retiring Congressman Pete Visclosky.  Mrvan, a Democrat, defeated Republican Party candidate Mark Leyva and Libertarian Michael Strauss in Tuesday's First District congressional elections in Lake, Porter and part of LaPorte Counties.

Today On Off Mic We Continue Our Election Coverage With Discussions With Three Candidates Running In The Democratic Primary For The 1st Congressional District Seat. Hammond Mayor Tom Mcdermott Jr. Indiana State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon And North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan What Are The Issue They Want To Tackle If Voters Send Them To Washigton, D.C. In January And What’s Left For Their Campaigns With Less Than Two Weeks To Go For The Primary All This On Off Mic

Indiana House Democrats

Today:  We begin with highlights from a February 5th "Indivisible NWI"' forum where State Rep. and Democratic Party congressional candidate Mara Candelaria Reardon spoke and answered residents' questions at the Griffith-Calumet Township Library branch.  Reardon is one of 14 candidates who will be on the ballot, seeking to be on the November general election ballot to seek the seat held by retiring Congressman Pete Visclosky..  Donna Muta with the city of Hammond is with us to talk about this Saturday's 5th annual "219 Day," at the Civic Center, billed as a "fun, weird and wacky event that celebrates everything Region."   and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra conductor Kirk Muspratt talks about the March 6th concert that features works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Vivaldi.

Scott Costello campaign website

Today:  We talk to another candidate for the First District Congressional seat held by Pete Visclosky.  Highland resident Scott Costello's name is at the top of the Democratic Party primary election ballot. He considers himself a progressive, and he talks about many of the issues in his campaign.    We also find out about the Human Trafficking Awareness Month campaign just completed from Indiana State Police public information officer Sgt. John Perrine.  And Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has a conversation with LaPorte County Council president Randy Novak about the $1 million state performance-based grant to support the connection of the railroad spurs inside Kingsbury Industrial Park wih the CSX and CN railroads.

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Today:  Ed Feigenbaum, the editor of "Indiana Legislative Insight," "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Education Insight" newsletters published by Hannah News Service, is with us to talk about the 2020 Indiana General Assembly session just begun and his "take" on the issues and the bills that are up for review.  He also talks about the latest data from the Indiana Gaming Commission on end-of-2019 Hoosier casino revenues that include the northwest Indiana boats.  We bring back our conversation with Griffith Police Department social worker Erica Rios, and last month's conversation with Dem

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Today:  Northwest Indiana attorney Alfredo Estrada, whose primary practice is in immigration law, joins us to reflect on those issues as they happened during 2019, the need for comprehensive immigration reform, and his thoughts on what the candidates running for Congressman Pete Visclosky's seat should know about the issue.  District 15 State Representative Chris Chyung talks about the issues ahead as the 2020 General Assembly begins its "short" session and, later, Leah Nahmias with Indiana Humanities talks about the "INseparable" documentary film tour that makes its first stops next week here in northwest Indiana. It's part of the two-year-long initiative tbat focuses on how Hoosiers relate to each other across boundaries, real or imagined.

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Today:  Another Democratic Party primary election candidate for First Congressional District is in the studio to talk about the campaign ahead in 2020.  Ryan Farrar, who ran unsuccessfully for Indiana state Senate Dist. 6 in 2018, is now in the field of candidates who are seeking the nomination for Congressman Pete Visckosky's seat.  Farrar says he's centering his campaign around the issue of campaign finance reform.  Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum takes a look at the organization's busy 2019 and looks ahead at 2020.  The Forum is a nonprofit focusing on regional economic development, with its current initiative entitled "Ignite The Region."   And we revisit our conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer about the window of opportunity to convert Roth IRAs.

Frank J. Mrvan Facebook page

Today:  Indiana University Northwest professors Charles Hobson and Micah Pollak are in the studio to talk about a study that they and colleague Bala Arshanapali conducted on military-friendly businesses -- and learned that hiring veterans is good for business.  Merrillville town councilman Shawn Pettit talks about the community center project that they just broke ground on recently.  The land, which was once the site of a drive-in theatre along Broadway, will be home to several athletic fields as well as a facility that could rival Hammond's Sportsplex.  And North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan joins us in the studio to talk about his candidacy for the seat now being held by U. S. Congressman Pete Visclosky.  Mrvan will be on the 2020 Democratic Party primary election ballot.

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Today: We continue our conversations with northwest Indiana residents interested in the U.S. Representative seat now held by Pete Visclosky. Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. is one of the candidates who will appear on the May 2020 primary election ballot.  He talks about his experience, including that of mayor, and his views on the issues.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. And Lake County Councilman Charlie Brown is with us to talk about efforts to make the county government department budgeting process more efficient.  A committee chaired by Brown will be meeting next year to begin work on the issue, ahead of the 2021 budget year.

Sabrina Haake for Congress website

Today:  Another candidate for local Democratic Party voters to consider in the May 2020 primary election for U.S. Representative joins us in the studio -- attorney and activist Sabrina Haake.  She talks about herself and the issues that she feels are most important, including building a "green economy" in northwest Indiana.  We have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana" from the Construction Advancement Foundation and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  And Ron Taylor and Keri Marrs Barron with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District bring us up-to-date on the county's drop-off recycling centers, how users can help make them more efficient, and a sneak peek at the Earth Day Celebration next year at the Porter County Expo Center.

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Today:  We begin our conversations with northwest Indiana residents who want to succeed Congressman Pete Visclosky.  The longest-serving U.S. Representative from our area decided not to seek re-election and several have already made their intentions known to be on the Democratic Party ballot in the May 2020 primary election.  Valparaiso attorney Jim Harper is one of them.  We also bring back our conversation with Dee Dee White with Ivy Tech Community College, about the series of casino dealer traiming courses being offered that can provide jobs at local casinos, including the new Hard Rock Casino to be built in Gary.