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Scoops: New candidate filings

New candidate filings

Fowlerton

Council, District 1 – Joe Seward (R)

Council, District 2 – Janet Dailey (R)

Council, District 3 – James Thomason (R)

Van Buren

Council, at-large – Jarrett Caudill (R)

Council, at-large – Tony Manry (D)

– Staff Reports

Senate panel backs easier ballot access for parties

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Smaller political parties would face lower requirements to get their candidates on Indiana’s ballot under a bill backed by a legislative panel.

Current state law requires parties to either have a candidate for Indiana secretary of state obtain 2 percent of the vote or collect that many petition signatures to be included on the November election ballot statewide. That would be nearly 45,000 votes from the 2018 election results.

The Senate Elections Committee endorsed a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Greg Walker of Columbus lowering the secretary of state vote total needed to 0.5 percent. It would allow parties on the ballot if they collect at least 500 voter signatures in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts.

Libertarians are the only smaller party candidates to make Indiana’s ballot since 2000.

Indiana receiving $6.2M in emergency relief highway funds

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Federal Highway Administration has announced Indiana will receive nearly $6.2 million in emergency relief funds to repair roads and bridges damaged by severe storms and flooding a year ago.

The flooding caused by heavy rainfall and melting snow closed numerous roads across both Indiana’s northern tier of counties and parts of southern Indiana along the Ohio River.

The FHA announced the Indiana funding Tuesday as part of more than $705.7 million in funding to help 34 states and three territories make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.