WBEZ | Hank Adams http://www.wbez.org/tags/hank-adams Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Republicans in full command in Indiana http://www.wbez.org/story/hank-adams/republicans-full-command-indiana <p><p><meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type"><meta content="Word.Document" name="ProgId"><meta content="Microsoft Word 11" name="Generator"><meta content="Microsoft Word 11" name="Originator"><link href="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\mpuente\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_filelist.xml" rel="File-List" /><o:smarttagtype name="PlaceType" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="place" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="State" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="City" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="PersonName" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><style type="text/css"> <!--{1288819860</style></meta></meta></meta></meta></p> <div>When President Barack Obama won this state two years ago, some began to see cracks in the Republican Party&rsquo;s stronghold here. It had been 44 years since a Democratic candidate for president won Indiana. And, several Democrats also won election in some normally Republican congressional districts. &nbsp;It gave the Democrats a five to four advantage in the state&rsquo;s congressional delegation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Boy, has the tide turn. Republicans took command of the state, wrestling away control from Democrats in national and statewide seats. &nbsp;For starters,&nbsp; the GOP won two of the three congressional seats it was aiming for in southern Indiana.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly of South Bend did manage to hold on to his seat in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District. &nbsp;So did Democrat Peter Visclosky of Northwest Indiana who represents Indiana&rsquo;s 1<sup>st</sup> District.&nbsp; The victory marked Viclosky&rsquo;s 14<sup>th</sup> consecutive election to Congress. But this victory is bittersweet. Federal prosecutors are looking into a one-time powerful lobbyist and its ties to congressmen, including Visclosky.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Republican gains give it a six to three lead in the state&rsquo;s congressional delegation. &nbsp;But that&rsquo;s not all. &nbsp;Democrats also lost the U.S. Senate seat once held by Evan Bayh to Republican Dan Coats, who returns to the Senate after more than a decade away.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Republicans also regained control of the Indiana Statehouse. The GOP now controls the Indiana Senate, Statehouse and governor&rsquo;s office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And even in Lake County, just outside of Chicago, Hank Adams became the first Republican to win a county-wide seat in more than half century. &nbsp;He won the county assessor&rsquo;s race over Democratic candidate Carol Ann Seaton, who had to battle weeks of bad press in trying to clear up if she actually lived in Lake County. She maintained a driver&rsquo;s license in Michigan, according to media reports.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/hank-adams/republicans-full-command-indiana