Results so far

Democrat Robin Winston and Republican Peter Rusthoven respond to tonight’s election results, and what it means for both parties.

From Democratic analyst Robin Winston:

“Clearly Gov. Daniels’ message worked. Now it’s time to not concentrate on control but to work and build consensus and move our state forward. There still are talented and committed Democrats who are poised and ready to help the governor create better paying jobs, improve education, make our tax system more equitable and move our state forward.”

From Republican analyst Peter Rusthoven:

“The shift of two seats to the Republicans in Indiana reflects the nationwide shift to Republicans in the US House of Representatives, an election that became a national referendum on the Obama adminitration’s priorities over the last twoyears. Locally, the shift in the Indiana House of Representatives to Republican control means that Gov. Daniels will now have an oppportunity to enact major education and governmental reforms that have been blocked by the Democratic-controlled House. It also means that the Republican party will be redrawing the congressional districts next year, which will have an impact on the Hoosier congressional delegation elected in 2012.”

“It’s a big night for Republicans, but I hope they remember that it is a mandate to do constructive things, including cutting federal spending and reversing the increasingly large role of the federal government in American life. If we don’t take the lead on these kinds of issues the voters will reject us and we will deserve to be rejected.”

Ellsworth to speak soon

Democrat Brad Ellsworth is expected to give his concession speech in a couple of minutes.

Democrat Brad Ellsworth is expected to give his concession speech in a couple of minutes. NBC and AP projected Republican Dan Coats as the winner of the US Senate seat a while ago.

WTHR will do a live cut-in if/when it happens.

No surprises so far…

Republican Dan Coats has a strong early lead and it’s possible NBC will project Coats the winner of the US Senate seat at the top of the hour.

The Associated Press called the races for Republican US House incumbents Dan Burton and Mike Pence shortly after the polls closed…no surprises there.

Hoosiers appear to favor the property tax cap amendment, with 67 percent in favor – but it’s early hours yet. Only two percent of precincts are reporting.

Republican Dan Coats has a strong early lead and it’s possible NBC will project Coats the winner of the US Senate seat at the top of the hour.

More updates to come…

Exercising the right to vote

Let’s face it. More registered voters will stay home on Tuesday than will actually cast a ballot. But for an 85-year-old war vet, it’s a duty.

When it comes to off-year elections the turnout is always a big issue.  Let’s face it. More registered voters will stay home on Tuesday than will actually cast a ballot.

Earlier this week I heard the story of an 85-year-old World War II veteran from Indiana who stands as an example for all of us. He doesn’t want me to say his name because he doesn’t think what he has done is really that big of a deal.

He called his daughter last week and asked if she could pick him up and take him to vote. Normally that would not be a big day but he is experiencing severe back problems for some time. In fact he hasn’t even been out of his house for the last two weeks. Even picking up the paper at the curb has become too painful.

His daughter was more than a little surprised by his call but not as surprised as she was back on May 6th, 2008. Voting was a big deal then too. So big in fact that even though his wife has passed away that morning he still went to cast his vote later that same day.

They have been called the greatest generation and it is little wonder why. They are still showing us how it should be done every day. He didn’t want me to say his name so I won’t but I couldn’t help but share his actions. When his daughter asked him why he makes such an effort to vote he responded simply, “Isn’t that what you are supposed to do?”

Yes, it is, but many people don’t. I will go cast my vote early on Tuesday and I will be thinking about him when I do what we all are supposed to do.

– Kevin Rader

Marion County sheriffs on privatization

We have had viewers asking us if the Marion County sheriff candidates, John Layton and Dennis Fishburn, were seriously considering privatizing some of the functions now handled by deputies.

We have had viewers asking us if the Marion County sheriff candidates, John Layton and Dennis Fishburn, were seriously considering privatizing some of the functions now handled by deputies.

“We want to do everything we can to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers but I have never mentioned that one time,” said Dennis Fishburn (R).

“I am open to any ideas where we can save taxpayers money but not try and protect those folks on the cheap because we just wouldn’t want to put those folks at risk for the sake of a dollar or two,” said John Layton (D).

John Layton took some time from the campaign trail to honor Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Seligman. He was awarded the Purple Heart today by Congressman Andre Carson for wounds he suffered in combat in Iraq. Seligman just happens to be Col. Layton’s son-in-law.

Hamilton County Democrats file new complaint about Charlie White

Secretary of State candidate Charlie White is already the target of an investigation for voter fraud and now Hamilton County Democrats have filed another complaint alleging White sent out a direct mailer that doesn’t say who paid for it.

Secretary of State candidate Charlie White is already the target of an investigation for voter fraud and now Hamilton County Democrats have filed another complaint alleging White sent out a direct mailer that doesn’t say who paid for it.

Also, Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker has filed a freedom of information request calling for Secretary of State Todd Rokita to release his investigation findings in the White case.

It was sent to the Hamilton County special prosecutor in this case. 

“We don’t believe the governor should have the ability to appoint someone after the fact. This information needs to be made public and we believe Vop Osili is the better candidate for Secretary of State.  Better integrity and he could actually get sworn in,” said Parker.

In the 9th district congressional race, Republicans are accusing Democrat Baron Hill of sending out mailers supporting the Libertarian candidate in the 9th District. Hill is facing a strong challenge from Republican Todd Young.

On the record

Last week Eyewitness News interviewed six candidates from three key races.

Last week Eyewitness News interviewed six candidates from three key races – US Senate, Marion County prosecutor and Marion County sheriff. We asked each candidate the same set of questions pertinent to the office they’re running for.

You can watch the videos here.

Stuck in an elevator with Mark Massa

I have covered a lot of political stories over the years and have certainly cornered more than a few candidates in my time, but Tuesday was a whole different story.

Mark Massa, Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor

I have covered a lot of political stories over the years and have certainly cornered more than a few candidates in my time, but Tuesday was a whole different story. 

Having just finished my interview with Marion County Prosecutor candidate Mark Massa, we got on the elevator at the Majestic building and pushed the button to go up to the third floor – except the elevator dropped down to the basement.  So the four of us – Kyle Walker with the Massa campaign, the candidate, my photographer Scott Allen and I were all trapped inside.  The door would not open. 

After about fifteen minutes without air conditioning, workers were able to get the door open.

I am sure the last place Mark Massa wanted to be was trapped in an elevator with Channel 13, but it all worked out.  Everyone maintained composure and Dwight wasn’t there to claim a corner.  Just another day in politics.

– Kevin Rader

Libertarian candidate gets creative

If Libertarians were to adopt a mascot, like the GOP’s elephant or the Democrats’ donkey, what would it be? (See the full post to understand the picture that prompted this question!)

While preparing a story about tonight’s Senate debate at IUPUI, I was looking for a picture of the Libertarian candidate, Rebecca Sink-Burris.

I was pleased to find several high-resolution pictures on her campaign website, but this one made me laugh:

Libertarian candidate for US Senate Rebecca Sink-Burris

Which of course begs the question…if Libertarians were to adopt a mascot, like the GOP’s elephant or the Democrats’ donkey, what would it be?