Politics

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.”

Concerned Citizen and Hammond resident, Albertine Dent, is enjoying a feeling of satisfaction from having done her part in accomplishing a collective goal, to stand up for the rights and respect of women.  She rode a bus all night long Friday night to attend the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st.  

Dent said she talked to women from all over the country who had similar concerns as hers about where women stand with the current administration.  She said there were many things she will never forget.

The mood at the watch party on the Ivy Tech Community College Gary Campus for the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States is quieter than past inauguration parties, so says Campus President Marlon Mitchell.

Some students like Laiaja Donson  "looked like" they were attending the watch party but they were just lounging in the students' common area. Donson was waiting for her Psychology class to start.  

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NPR's Live Blog of Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2017

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Full audio of the State of the Judiciary, delivered by Loretta Rush, on January 13, 2017.

Howey Politics Indiana

By: Chris Nolte

January 10, 2017 -- "Regionally Speaking," Lakeshore Public Radio

INDIANAPOLIS -- "Howey Politics Indiana" recently released its 2017 "Power 50 List" of Hoosier political movers and shakers. 

"HPI" creator and editor-publisher Brian Howey came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his latest list, which includes several prominent northwest Indiana residents who have been on past "Power 50 Lists."   Here's the conversation.

Visclosky Town Hall

Jan 9, 2017

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday his candidacy for the position of chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The election is set for the end of February.

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Announcing his candidacy in a tweet Thursday, the South Bend mayor said, “It’s time for new leadership to deliver a fresh start for our party.”

The opening for the Democratic National Committee comes after Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned last July and interim chair, Donna Brazile, said she would not seek election for a full-term.

Former Sen. Coats Said To Be Trump's Pick For Nat'l Intel. Chief

Jan 5, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly tapped former Indiana U.S. Sen. Dan Coats to be his national intelligence director.

Elected officials, including Coats’ former colleague U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), are praising the choice. It had not been officially confirmed as of late Thursday afternoon.

If appointed, Coats would lead the nation’s intelligence community. The national intelligence post is separate from that of CIA director.