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Today:  Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Ft. Wayne is on the program to review the Indiana municipal elections this month.  He notes a number of changes  for mayor in several cities this past election and how incumbents mamaged to hold on to their mayoral positions in some cities like Indianapolis.  Regional Health Systems president-CEO Robert Krumweid is in the studio  to talk about his three-decades-long post with the area behavioral health care provider, beginning with a small location in East Chicago.  "Post-Tribune" columnist Jerry Davich discusses the thoughts behind his series of columns on the town of Ogden Dunes and issues between the chairman of the town's planning commission and residents and contractors.. 

Today:   Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center on Indiana Politics at Purdue Ft. Wayne is with us to talk about the municipal elections next month across the Hoosier State.  We have another edition of “Building Northwest Indiana,” from the Construction Advancement Foundation and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. 

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Today:    Andy Downs, the Executive Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, is with us to bring us up-to-date with the work underway at the Statehouse, as the 2019 General Assembly continues.  He focuses today on the big topics, including State Senator Eddie Melton's measures on economic development for the city of Gary.  We also talk with Philip McCandies,  the new regional business development officer for the Community Investment Fund of Indiana.  He is based in Hammond.  CIFI provides financial assistance to small businesses, many of which

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Today:   North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan Jr joins us to talk about the issues, facts and discussion surrounding the town of Griffith's request to join North Township, following the community vote for secession from Calumet Township.  The Board of Trustees had to review a lot of information and chose not to make a decision last week... but may decide as soon as tonight.  A decision must be made by December 31st.  St. John Township officials already chose not to accept Griffith into its township government.

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Today:    We talk with town of Highland Parks and Recreation Supintendent Alex Brown about the Nov. 6th general election referendum question that asks residents about a bond issue or a lease to support the Lincoln Community Center expansion project.  The estimated cost of the project is no more than $15 million, and if it is approved would raise property tax rates in Highland by 12.43 cents per $100 assessed valuation.  Brown talks in detail about the project and its impact on the community's recreation programs.

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Today:     We talk with Indiana's U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D) about some of the measures that he and his colleagues have worked on Capitol Hill to pass or move ahead -- including a way to make it easier to establish suicide hotlines.   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne  about the Lake County precinct consolidation plan.

Today:   Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center on Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne joins us to talk about last week's primary elections and his "take"on the winners and how he sees the campaigns shaping up during the months before the November general election,  This includes the contentious Republican Party race for U.S. Senate, won by Mike Braun.

Celina Weatherwax of the Valparaiso-based MAAC Foundation talks about the addition to the training center curriculum of OSHA safety training courses for northwest Indiana businesses and industries.

GOP Senate Candidates Set For First Debate

Feb 16, 2018

Indiana’s three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate – former state Rep. Mike Braun, U.S.Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville), and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) – will meet this week in the campaign’s first debate in the lead up to May’s primary.

The GOP primary’s tone has been described by some as nasty and rancorous. University of Indianapolis political science professor Laura Merrifield Wilson says that’s unlikely to change in the debate.

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Today:  on this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" for her stories, mainly about education and the General Assembly session, and to Jon Gard, who is a reporter for the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."

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Today: a conversation with Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne, about the half-way point in the 2018 General Assembly session.   Bills that originated in the Indiana House had to pass by Monday to make it to the Senate, and Senate-originated bills had to jump through the same hurdles on Tuesday.  He talks about the House bills now headed up for Senate review.

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Today:  Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at I.U.-Purdue Fort Wayne offers an analysis of Tuesday night's "State of the State" address from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  The Governor made his comments before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate at the Statehouse.

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Today:   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne about the major issues that could come up during the next General Assembly session that is  scheduled to begin January 3rd.

Ellen Szarletta with the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest joins us to talk about the topics for next month's "Senior University" courses offered on the Gary campus.

A grassroots conservative political action group – Indiana First – is supporting Republican candidate Roy Moore in his Alabama senate race. Many called for him to leave the race after he was accused of pursuing and participating in sexual relationships with underaged women.

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Today:   "Reporters Roundtable" takes this week off, and we bring you two political topics:   first, a conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics about the role that Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly might play in the upcoming tax reform bill debate on Capitol Hill.  Then, we bring you Monday evening's live broadcast of "A Community Conversation: Women in Politics" held at Crown Point Community Library.

Three top federal officials visited Indiana in August: Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

The trips were tightly scripted and large parts were closed to the public.

While federal officials have visited Indiana in the past, there has been an uptick in visits since President Donald Trump took office.

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Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday for a discussion of summertime political topics -- mainly what Governor Eric Holcomb is doing these days,  of the interest in influential State Senator Luke Kenley's position, now that he plans to retire this autumn -- and about potential candidates in two U.S. Representative primary elections which won't be held until next year.

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Today:  A conversation with Rob Vollrath of suburban Chicago-based Leopardo Energy, a firm that is working with the city of Hammond on an ambitious 14-month-long energy conservation project that -- Rob says -- guarantees the city will save up to $26 million in energy costs over 15 years.  The project includes energy conservation measures in all city-owned buildings as well as replacing current Hammond city vehicles with more energy-efficient ones.

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Indiana's new Governor, Eric Holcomb, held his first news conference last week -- one month after being sworn into office.   Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about that first official meeting with the media. 

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Today:  Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman and a group of citizens attended Monday night's Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority's first public workshop on the Master Plan Update. She joined us to talk about what issues were brought up that weren't related to the Master Plan -- but affect the Airport and the community at large.  Ruth also talked about efforts underway at the Statehouse to force Lake County precinct changes, even though the County Election Board promised lawmakers that they'd make the changes themselves.