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What You Need To Vote In Indiana Tuesday

Nov 7, 2016

Hoosiers can vote from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will result in a new president, Indiana governor and Indiana senator. There are also several competitive congressional races at stake. Here’s what you need to do before you head to the polls:

1. Make sure you’re registered to vote in Indiana.

Republicans are feeling the best they have this cycle about their chances of holding their majority in the U.S. Senate, but doing that would require several states to break their way on election night. That's a risky place to be one day before control of the Senate is decided.

The tightening of the presidential race over the past week may have had an impact on these Senate contests. Most of the contests remain firm toss-ups, though Democrats still have multiple paths to winning back the five seats they need (or just four if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the presidency).

In what could be a tough election night for Republicans, governors' races may offer a rare bright spot.

Unlike in House and Senate races, Democrats are largely playing defense in the 12 gubernatorial races on the ballot Tuesday. Democrats are defending eight seats to the GOP's four. Two states — North Dakota and Utah — will safely stay in the Republicans' column, while Democrats will keep Oregon, Washington and an open Delaware seat on their side.

Donald Trump's Road To Election Day

Nov 5, 2016

When Donald Trump decided to run for president — after flirting with politics for many years, and gaining a following on the right for questioning President Obama's birthplace — the real estate developer and businessman from Queens was dismissed and laughed at by political observers. Many largely wrote the whole thing off as a publicity stunt.

 

Energy and environment issues are not playing a big role in this year’s gubernatorial campaign.

At first glance, Democratic candidate John Gregg and Republican candidate Eric Holcomb have similar views on those issues. Both would pursue an “all of the above” energy strategy—the state should use natural gas, renewable energy, and coal.

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Against the backdrop of a statewide nursing shortage, Purdue University has plans to double its nursing school enrollment, increasing its annual class size by 100 students.

As the state’s population ages, its nursing workforce ages, too, says Indiana State Nurses Association Policy and Advocacy Director Blayne Miley. He says care providers will need to hustle to fill positions.

Residents in East Chicago, Indiana, will get more time, help and money to move out of a lead-contaminated public housing complex.

The federal government announced Friday it has settled a discrimination complaint with the Chicago-based Shriver National Center on Poverty Law about the relocation.

Voters around the state will see questions at the bottom of their ballot asking for an increase to property taxes to fund local schools. Ballot referenda have become more and more popular in the last decade as funding streams for schools changed.

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This year, early voting has been up across the country. WBOI’s Zach Bernard and Lisa Ryan visited early voting locations in Northeast Indiana to see if they’re experiencing a similar trend.

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Jennifer Flora has seen first-hand how difficult it can be for people to receive mental health treatment in Indiana. Flora says the nonprofit organization in whose Tippecanoe County office she works, Mental Health America, fields an average of 20 calls a week from people considering suicide — and sometimes she can’t connect them with the doctors they need.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has gone to federal court to represent Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s attempts to ban same-sex marriage and Syrian refugees. 

No matter who wins the presidential election on Tuesday, it's nearly certain Congress will be more narrowly divided come January.

And with no clear mandate likely coming out of 2016, there is little reason to be overly optimistic that the next Congress can escape the cycle of unproductivity and polarization that has gripped Washington in recent years.

The 115th Congress: Political Dynamics

With little chance of a Democratic House takeover in the 2016 election, the two likeliest scenarios are:

The Governors' Races: What To Watch

Nov 4, 2016

Voters in 11 states will be casting ballots for governor on Election Day, but the contests are close in only two of them.

The two squeakers are in North Carolina and Washington. In both states, Democratic women are running against Republican men. And in both states, the Republican is touting himself as the agent of change because of the Democrats' ties to current state government.

Democrats currently control four other statehouses in play this year and likely will keep control of all of them. Republicans are likely to lose one of the five governorships they hold.

An Associated Press review this week revealed Republican 9th district congressional candidate Trey Hollingsworth filed papers in at least five states that require him to live outside Indiana. A legal expert says there’s no financial incentive for doing so.

The AP revealed Hollingsworth is what’s called a “registered agent” for his company in at least five states. That means he must live in each of those states so legal paperwork can be served.

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