Indiana Week in Review

Todd Young to enter Senate race next week

July 10th, 2015 at 5:38 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

The 2016 race for U.S. Senate will get more crowded next week as Congressman Todd Young is set to enter the race.

Young (R-9th District) reported earlier this week that he raised a million dollars in the 2nd quarter of 2015.

It’s an eye catching total and now he’s putting together campaign events for next week.

Young will give up his seat in Congress to seek the GOP Senate nomination next May but he will immediately become the best financed candidate on the Republican side.

“If he’s raised a million in a quarter and he’s not an announced candidate,” said Republican Mike McDaniel on Indiana Week in Review, “then you gotta believe he can do better than that once he’s an announced candidate.”

Former state GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb raised just $200,000 but may become Young’s toughest competitor.

“What you’ve got here is you’ve got somebody who’s shown real capability to raise money and is favorite of the monied interests,” said political analyst John Ketzenberger, “and then you’ve got Eric Holcomb who’s got contacts all over the state.”

Congressman Marlin Stutzman is also in the GOP race and he raised $600,000 in the 2nd quarter.

Retiring Senator Dan Coats worries about the competition he created.

“I don’t want to be in a situation where we end up like we were in an earlier race here which divided our party,” he said in reference to the 2012 race won by Democrat Joe Donnelly.

If Young wins the GOP nomination he will likely face Democrat Baron Hill and that would be a rematch of the 2010 race for Congress in the 9th district won by Young.

Democrats don’t fear Young, however.

“He’s had a pretty undistinguished career so far in Congress,” said Democrat Ann DeLaney, “so it’s only fitting he would try to follow in the footsteps of Dan Coats who has a pretty undistinguished career as a U.S. Senator.”

Young has already announced plans for what he calls a “special campaign event” in Sellersburg on July 18th.

Look for a less formal campaign kickoff early in the week.


IWIR

July 3rd, 2015 at 3:15 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

John Zody is the Democrat this week.

The Indiana Week in Review panel will tackle these issues:

  • The First Church of Cannabis and RFRA-related events
  • Tax Amnesty
  • Non-partisan redistricting
  • The race for mayor of Indianapolis
  • The mayor of Jeffersonville fights off thieves at this home

IWIR

June 12th, 2015 at 5:23 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

John Hammond is in the Republican seat today as the Indiana Week in Review panel tackles these subjects:

  • Glenda Ritz criticized by key Democrat, praised by Emily’s List
  • Indiana battles with Connecticut over jobs, RFRA
  • HIP 2.0 ads
  • The First Church of Cannabis
  • Wal Mart fight

Watch for quotes from Cheech and Chong and Hunter S. Thompson.


IWIR

May 29th, 2015 at 5:34 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

All of the regulars are on the Indiana Week in Review panel for today’s episode.  Here are the topics:

  • No RFRA study committee/Mayor Ballard is grand marshal for the Indy Pride Parade
  • Good economic news (GM, unemployment rate)
  • Paula Cooper dies
  • Joe Donnelly’s “Care Package” bill
  • Move Over law
  • Efforts to make the firefly the state insect

IWIR

May 22nd, 2015 at 4:40 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

All of the regulars are in for Indiana Week in Review this time.  Here are the topics:

  • The governor’s re-election plans
  • BMV efforts to avoid a lawsuit
  • Needle exchange extended in Scott County
  • Joe Hogsett proposes term limits for mayor
  • David Letterman’s legacy
  • Indy 500 picks

IWIR

May 8th, 2015 at 2:14 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

All of the regulars are on the Indiana Week in Review panel today.  Here’s what we’ll talk about:

  • Jim Brainard and the other Hamilton County winners in the primary election
  • The November match up for mayor in Indianapolis
  • Low voter turnout
  • Mixed results in school referendums
  • Bill signings by the governor
  • Deflategate

IWIR

May 1st, 2015 at 4:49 pm by under Uncategorized

All of the regulars are on hand today as the Indiana Week in Review panel tackles the final week of the General Assembly.  The topics:

  • The state budget
  • The beginning of the 2016 race for governor
  • How this will be remembered as the RFRA session
  • The failure of the soccer stadium bill
  • A preview of the mayoral primary in Carmel
  • Winners and Losers in the General Assembly

IWIR

April 17th, 2015 at 1:04 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Lesley Weidenbener is in for Jon Schwantes today as the Indiana Week in Review panel discusses the following topics:

  • Mike Pence’s falling approval numbers
  • The “Pence Must Go” movement
  • Bill Oesterle’s political plans
  • The common wage repeal
  • The bill to remove Glenda Ritz as SBOE chair
  • IMPD’s role in a promposal

IWIR

April 10th, 2015 at 5:06 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

All of the regulars are on hand today as the Indiana Week in Review panel tackles RFRA fallout from a number of angles.  The topics:

  • Local communities pass civil rights ordinances
  • RFRA supporter Curt Smith severs ties with law firm
  • Common wage bill advances
  • Illinois governor promises to “rip the economic guts out of Indiana”
  • Capitol dome tour for interns cancelled
  • Final Four report card

IWIR takes on RFRA

April 3rd, 2015 at 5:47 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

All of the regulars are on hand today as the Indiana Week in Review panel takes on RFRA.  The entire program is devoted to elements of battle over religious freedom and gay rights.  We conclude with winners and losers.