Monday, November 24, 2014



 Spending in the 2nd District U.S. House race topped the list among Indiana's nine congressional districts in 2014 and 2012. Spending here was second in 2010. Clockwise from top left: U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican candidate and winner in 2014 and 2012 and losing candidate in 2010; now U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat and the winning candidate in 2010; Brendan Mullen, unsuccessful Democratic contender in 2012; Joe Bock, unsuccessful Democratic contender in 2014.

Likewise, spending in the 2nd District race for 2014 is up compared to 2008 and down in every other House district in the state.

Tim Vandenack

Posted 2 hours ago
 Jose Alvarez, a college student from Elkhart County who advocates for undocumented immigrants.

A foe of illegal immigration worries the changes could spur more immigrants to illegally come to the United States.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 9:19 p.m.
 Three U.S. lawmakers serving Elkhart County criticized President Obama for taking immigration reform steps unilaterally, without congressional involvement. They include U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, left; U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, middle; U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, right.

The officials — Sens. Coats and Donnelly, among others — didn’t offer comments or criticism on the specific details of Obama’s measures.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.
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Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.

The president announced a series of measures to reform the immigration system.

 President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. President Barack Obama's impending unilateral order awarding legal status to millions of immigrants is not unprecedented. Two of the last three Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members not covered by the last major overhaul of  immigration law in 1986. There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.

Major networks aren’t airing the address, but there are still plenty of places to hear Obama’s announcement. 

 Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen (second from right) is sworn in at the Statehouse on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for first official meeting of the 119th General Assembly.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:17 a.m.

He represents District 22, which covers a large part of northern Kosciusko County and part of southern Elkhart County, including Nappanee and New Paris. 

 Rep. Doug Miller, R-Elkhart
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

Doug Miller ran unopposed and was elected on Nov. 4 to serve District 48. 


 Members of the public listened to a lengthy debate on Monday, Nov. 17, on expanding the downtown TIF district. The discussion included a few verbal volleys.
Posted on Nov. 18, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

Side issues prompted some comments that probably rubbed a few people wrong at the Elkhart City Council meeting.

 In this archive photo, pharmacy technician Fabiola Sewell fills a prescription at Heart City Health Center in Elkhart. The clinic serves Medicaid patients and those without health care coverage, among others. Many health care officials favor expansion of the Medicaid program to increase those having access to health care coverage.
Posted on Nov. 18, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

Approval of the expansion proposal in Indiana remains the subject of deliberation among federal authorities.

 Numerous yard signs opposing annexation can be seen along part of Old U.S. 20 west of Elkhart city limits. The reference to Brownsburg, Ind., is part of a unified effort local supporters have for annexation in other parts of Indiana.
Posted on Nov. 17, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

Elkhart’s city council will consider a request for $250,000 from the city to fight annexation lawsuits. TIF district expansion is also on agenda.

 Felipe Merino, an Elkhart County immigration attorney, speaks about civil rights at the Roosevelt Gymnasium in March 2012.
Posted on Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.

Obama’s proposals would reportedly give means for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and work.

 Proposed expanded area of Elkhart's downtown TIF district is highlighted in pink.
Posted on Nov. 15, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

Supporters of the plan say it will lay the groundwork for decades of improvements.

 Olivia Hernandez of Elkhart General Hospital (left) and Krystal Jackson of Heart City Health Center talk about the new enrollment period for Affordable Care Act health care coverage at an informational session Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The gathering, held at the Tolson Center in Elkhart, drew only a handful of participants.
Posted on Nov. 14, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

The new period to sign up for care in 2015 starts on Saturday, Nov. 15, and lasts until Feb. 15.

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