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IU community reflects on race’s role

(10/30/08 12:44am)

Junior Tiffany Fick knows when America will really be ready for a black president. Fick, president of the Black Student Union, said when racism is really gone, “he doesn’t have to be Barack Obama ‘the first black president,’ but just Barack Obama, ‘the president.’” There are few times in history when race did not matter: the Olympics and 9/11, said Eric Love, director of diversity education at IU.


Indiana Republicans join Palin

(10/30/08 12:51am)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came out guns-blazing at a rally on Wednesday, saying Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama “has an ideological commitment to bigger government and higher taxes.”The visit came as part of Palin’s sweep of battleground states Ohio and Indiana, states that both parties are fighting for ahead of Election Day. It was Palin’s third Indiana visit in less than two weeks, highlighting Republicans’ unease about states that were considered strong red states until recently. Indiana hasn’t gone to the Democrats since 1964.Palin spoke to a crowd of about 20,000, said McCain’s spokesman for Indiana, Mark Lotter, at a warehouse in Jeffersonville. She pulled into the crowded building on the “Straight Talk Express,” a tour bus with a giant “McCain-Palin ’08” sign that transports the Alaska governor to different campaign stops.




ELECTION GUIDE: Hill, Sodrel and Schansberg fight for 9th District

(10/30/08 12:00am)

The race for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District is coming to a close, and Indiana voters will choose Tuesday between two very familiar candidates, and one newcomer. Mike Sodrel and Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) have contested Southern Indiana’s congressional seat each election since 2002, making the 9th district one of the most competitive swing districts on the national stage. At the same time, Dr. Eric Schansberg, an IU-Southeast New Albany professor of economics, is shaking up the race with an independent perspective.


IU employees’ donations overwhelmingly Democratic

(11/03/08 12:29am)

Public records Web sites listing donations made to political candidates show a strong lean toward the Democratic side in presidential and congressional races. According to www.OpenSecrets.org, IU employees made more than 200 donations to Barack Obama’s campaign, totaling $109,443 at press time. In comparison, only 10 donations were made to John McCain’s campaign, totaling $4,350.





Trading places

(11/03/08 1:34pm)

The race for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District is coming to a close, and voters will choose Tuesday between two familiar candidates and one newer one. Mike Sodrel (R) and incumbent Rep. Baron Hill, D-9th, have contested Southern Indiana’s congressional seat each election since 2002, making the 9th District one of the most competitive swing districts on the national stage. At the same time, Eric Schansberg, an IU-Southeast New Albany professor of economics who ran in 2006, is shaking up the race with an independent perspective.




Potential heads of state

(11/03/08 2:51pm)

Indiana might historically like its presidents to be conservative, but when it comes to its governors, it’s long been a swing state. Hoosier gubernatorial history is rich in representatives from both sides of the political scale, and the switch of power happens frequently. The two governors elected before Republican incumbent Mitch Daniels were Democrats – Frank O’Bannon and current Sen. Evan Bayh,  both two-term governors. Before that, Republicans held the office with a pair of two-term governors of their own – Robert Orr and Otis Bowen. This year’s gubernatorial election pits Daniels against former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, a Democrat, and Andy Horning, a Libertarian.For more election information visit www.idsnews.com/news/politics


Who will be the next president?

(11/03/08 3:26pm)

43 different presidents have shaped our country into what it is today. What the 44th will do is pivotal. In 2004 Barack Obama was a little-known state senator from Illinois. The political newcomer had only been in politics for eight years, but was already making a name for himself in the party.And then came the speech.“Hope” means something different for John McCain.It means surviving five years as a prisoner of war and fighting cancer. After a failed campaign in 2000, it means the chance of winning in 2008.





Republicans "planning for victory"

(11/03/08 7:51pm)

With John McCain down in the polls and Barack Obama paraphernalia covering campus, Bloomington conservatives might feel a bit discouraged for today’s election. But to members of IU College Republicans, McCain is anything but the underdog. IU College Republicans Chairwoman and junior Chelsea Kane said the polls showing McCain behind Obama are not slowing their campaign efforts.


Indiana: The new swing state

(11/03/08 10:09pm)

For the first time in 44 years, no one knows what will happen in Indiana. The new swing state has emerged, as recent polls show the race in the Hoosier state a dead heat. An WTHR/Indianapolis Star poll last week barely gave Barack Obama an edge against John McCain, 45.9 percent to 45.3 percent, while a Reuters/Zogby poll and a Rasmussen poll gave the Arizona senator a modest lead. Two other national polls showed the race tied in Indiana.


IU College Republicans: Supporters hope GOP can win

(11/04/08 12:11am)

With John McCain down in the polls and Barack Obama paraphernalia covering campus, Bloomington conservatives might feel a bit discouraged for today’s election. But for members of IU College Republicans, McCain is anything but the underdog. IU College Republicans Chairwoman and junior Chelsea Kane said the polls showing McCain behind Obama are not slowing their campaign efforts.