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Indiana Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, officially announced his re-election bid Thursday.

More Hoosiers approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance than disapprove, according to the latest edition of Ball State’s Hoosier Survey.

Republican Ridenour Becomes Muncie Mayor-Elect

Nov 6, 2019

Muncie’s City Hall is going red.  Republican Dan Ridenour will soon take over the mayor’s office from current Democratic Mayor Dennis Tyler.  As IPR’s Christine Hatfield reports, Ridenour is prioritizing being open and honest in office.

 

Ridenour defeated Democratic candidate Terry Whitt Bailey in Tuesday’s election.  Ridenour received 61 percent of the vote, while Bailey finished with 37 percent.  Libertarian Steve Smith earned the other two percent of the vote.

Democratic party candidate James Mueller won the race to become the next mayor of South Bend on Tuesday night. With the majority of voting precincts reporting and Mueller clinching more than 60 percent of the votes, he entered Corby's Irish Pub to cheers, whistles and chants from his supporters.

September 24 is National Voter Registration Day and political groups across the state are pushing to sign up new voters.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, college students in Muncie say they’re also trying to move immediate focus from 2020 to this fall’s local elections.

At a Ball State College Democrats table strewn with voter registration forms, stickers, and lollipops, students J. Galloway and Andy Hoffman are asking people if they want to register to vote – even those that don’t make eye contact as they speed-walk past the table.

Loretta Rush Reappointed As Indiana Chief Justice

Aug 21, 2019

Loretta Rush will continue to serve as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court for another five years.

State Rep. Karlee Macer Not Running For Governor

Aug 13, 2019

Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis) won’t run for governor, she announced Tuesday.

Across Indiana, demonstrators joined a nationwide candlelight vigil called Lights for Liberty. There were 10 cities in Indiana officially part of the simultaneous demonstration, though others hosted similar vigils at the same time.

Indiana Senate Democrats

On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on State Senator Eddie Melton taking steps towards a gubernatiorial run in 2020, the Gary Community School Corp. issued an apology after a teacher awarded an autistic student a trpphy naming him “the most annoying male”, Senator Elizabeth Warren held a rally in the Hoosier state and Chris Nolte has a conversation Chris Nolte with Janet McCabe, assistant director, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on Portage Assessor Jon Snyder, a former Gary technology chief  has been sentenced for computer thefts, Samantha Horton has details on General Motors investing millions of dollars in Fort Wayne, Hammond City Councilman Robert Markovich has been granted permission to contest his four-vote loss in the May 7 Democratic primary and Chris Nolte has a conversation Chris Nolte with Amari Victoria and Elisabeth Menning, organizers of the first annual NWI Pride event at the Lincoln Center in Highland.

 

As “Stop the Bans” rallies take place nationwide, in a cool, rainy Fort Wayne, protesters took too a local coffee shop to write letters to political leaders, and media outlets, on why they’re against the restrictive abortion measures that have made recent headlines.

In the middle of a crowded coffee shop, five women huddled around laptops. One of them was Jessica Bunch, the Fort Wayne community organizer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky. She sat at the head of the table, answering questions about abortions in Indiana.

Postcard: Commencement Day Controversy

May 20, 2019

When the private, Evangelical, Taylor University announced Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence would give the commencement speech this past weekend, the backlash was almost immediate.

WBOI’s Barb Anguiano spent commencement day on campus gathering varying opinions about the Vice President’s visit.

Buttigieg says he'd consider codifying abortion rights

May 17, 2019
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CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says writing into law the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion is an idea "that deserves to be taken seriously."

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor said Thursday he needs to look at different ways to accomplish it as president, either by legislation or a constitutional amendment.

Speaking in Chicago, Buttigieg referenced a recent abortion ban signed into law in Alabama. He says "I don't think you're free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized."

Indiana House Democratic Caucus

Today: We continue our conversations with northwest Indiana legislators with State Representative Chris Chyung (D) of Dyer. He is one of the lawmakers elected in the November 2018 election, filling the seat formerly held by Representative Hal Slager. He gives us his assessment of his first General Assembly session including insight into the next two-year budget. Celina Weatherwax with the MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso tells us about the ground breaking of the state-of-the-art Law Enforcement Tactical Training Structure.

2019 Session: Quiet With Few Major Controversies

Apr 25, 2019
The bill will fund adult high school diploma programs based on performance – not just enrollment. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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A lot of Indiana lawmakers described the 2019 session the same way – it was a quiet one, with no big blowups or major controversies that typically characterize the General Assembly’s annual term. 

General Assembly Passes Two-Year Budget

Apr 25, 2019

Hoosiers now know what the state budget will look like for the next two years. It boosts funding for education, but schools with declining enrollment will still lose money.

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The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would give money to adult high school programs to reward student achievement. If signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, it would create the Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program.

Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) is skeptical of some of the changes to Indiana gun regulations. (FILE PHOTO: Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Legislation expanding Indiana’s Stand Your Ground law and changing some gun regulations is headed to the governor’s desk.

Buttigieg Comes Home For Dyngus Day

Apr 22, 2019

 

Dyngus Day is a unique opportunity for voters to meet one on one with city politicians, ask them questions, get their views, have their voices heard.

Buttigieg finished by telling the crowd to take advantage of that. “Ask them what they believe in. Ask them what they care about. And ask them what they’ve done.”

Major Gambling Bill Nears Its Final Form

Apr 22, 2019
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Lawmakers are nearing the ultimate version of this session’s major gambling bill.

Senate Republicans rejected more than two dozen amendments offered by Democrats to the budget bill Monday.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the second key European leader to visit the White House this week. President Trump and Chancellor Merkel are not thought to have the personal rapport that was in evidence in meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. But Trump and Merkel are still holding a joint news conference and taking questions from reporters. Watch the press conference live.

When the polls close, you'll know. Tune-in for election night coverage, beginning at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 8th. You can follow the latest updates on social media, as well, with #NWIPolitics.

Starting at 6:00 PM, Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM will air statewide primary election night coverage from Indiana Public Broadcasting. Stan Jastrzebski, News Director of WBAA, will host the first hour of coverage from West Lafayette, IN.

Lakeshore's Sarah Opat cuts open the bold and socially important issue of ending patriarchy with Robert Jensen, a writer, radical feminist, activist, and a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

The two talked "On the Radar" about Jensen's latest book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017).

Pelath To Step Down As House Democrats' Leader

Nov 19, 2017

 

Indiana House Democrats will have a new leader after this week. Minority Leader Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) announced Sunday he’ll step down from his post Tuesday.

Pelath will remain in his House seat through the end of his term but he says he won’t run for re-election next year. Pelath and his wife recently had a baby and the Michigan City Democrat says he wants to spend more time with his family.

On the first anniversary of President Trump’s election, NPR is looking back at his victory speech. NPR reporters across the newsroom have annotated his election night remarks, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who among the people he thanked are still in the inner circle a year later.

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Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

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HAMMOND, Ind. – Northwest Indiana voter rights and participation—“Why Should We Care & Engage in Local Politics?”—is the focus of the next public forum facilitated by Lakeshore Public Radio at Purdue University Northwest’s Hammond Campus, Monday, June 5.

 

 

A bill that would remove Indiana’s top education official as an elected position is progressing through the Statehouse. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) would allow the governor to appoint the superintendent of public instruction starting in 2021.

It passed out of committee Monday on a 5-to-3 vote.

“Ultimately it’s the governor that’s responsible for education,” Buck says. “This just puts all of that responsibility on him or her.”

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