Harper, Rutherford commit to Thursday’s live debate, Lawson remains unconfirmed

Harper, Rutherford commit to Thursday’s live debate, Lawson remains unconfirmed

Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper and Libertarian Secretary of State Candidate Mark Rutherford will participate in the Secretary of State Candidate Debate set to air live tomorrow. The debate will air on Indianapolis NPR affiliate WFYI and will be moderated by John Krull, Director of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s participation remains unconfirmed despite…

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Harper campaign files complaint with Inspector General: Cites unlawful use of taxpayer funded video and radio

Harper campaign files complaint with Inspector General: Cites unlawful use of taxpayer funded video and radio

The Harper for Indiana Campaign filed a complaint with the Inspector General on Tuesday, citing the incumbent Secretary of State’s use of her likeness and name in taxpayer paid advertising. This is on the heels of a Public Records Request sent Monday to the Secretary of State’s Office asking for further information pertaining to nearly one hundred thousand dollars recently dumped into video on social…

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Harper, Zody call for transparency on campaign cycle surge taxpayer funded advertising

Harper, Zody call for transparency on campaign cycle surge taxpayer funded advertising

Indiana Secretary of State Jim Harper joined Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody for a press conference Monday morning, directly after the Chairman delivered  a public records request to the Secretary of State’s office. The request included information pertaining to the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars recently dumped into Secretary Lawson’s social media and radio campaigns. “It is one thing to provide voters with…

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Harper underscores Porter County voters’ need for early voting plan

Harper underscores Porter County voters’ need for early voting plan

Amid rising concerns regarding absentee ballot return wait-time, poll worker training and ballot security, Democratic nominee for Indiana Secretary of State Jim Harper outlined the importance of having a plan to vote early at a Valparaiso press conference Wednesday afternoon. Noting the current Secretary of State’s lackadaisical attitude toward reforming state election processes, he is urging all voters to have an early voting plan, especially…

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Harper responds to Republican endorsement of Bosma intimidation tactics

Harper responds to Republican endorsement of Bosma intimidation tactics

Indiana Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper released the following comments in response to the Republican statement of support for Speaker Brian Bosma’s attempt to silence and intimidate a former intern: “Speaker Bosma’s attempt to track down a former intern and then threaten to drag her reputation through the mud is unfitting behavior for the top legislative leader in our state let alone any…

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Lawson dodges hometown debate

Lawson dodges hometown debate

Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper participated in a candidate forum held in Danville on Tuesday night. The evening was comprised of candidates across the ticket and from multiple political parties. Shockingly missing from the line-up was incumbent Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who has yet to appear in a forum despite a host of invitations. “I enjoyed participating in the forum at…

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Harper calls for moratorium on auto-dealer contributions

Harper calls for moratorium on auto-dealer contributions

Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper announced early Thursday his commitment to abstain from accepting contributions from industry donors within the major divisions regulated by the Secretary of State’s office. Harper noted that this would be a fresh start for the office as the incumbent Secretary of State has taken over a quarter-million dollars from auto-dealers despite serving as the major state licensing official…

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Harper, Rutherford commit to debate, invite Lawson to participate

Harper, Rutherford commit to debate, invite Lawson to participate

Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper and Libertarian Secretary of State Candidate Mark Rutherford issued a joint invitation to Secretary of State Connie Lawson on Tuesday. In a short, bipartisan video, the pair announced their commitment to transparently discuss the issues of the office. “We believe that voters deserve the opportunity to hear from each candidate on the ballot this November,” said Harper, calling…

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Taxpayer funds should go towards security measures, not PR stunt

Taxpayer funds should go towards security measures, not PR stunt

In response to the eleventh hour candidate seminar conducted by the Secretary of State, Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper released the following statements: “With less than 50 days left to a General Election, Secretary Lawson has initiated a taxpayer-funded PR tour to talk about, without any major updates, election security. “Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian– I think we can agree that…

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Harper issues Secretary of State candidate debate challenge

Harper issues Secretary of State candidate debate challenge

Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jim Harper’s campaign delivered a letter to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s campaign office, contending that Hoosiers deserve to hear from the candidates in a public forum. In the letter, Harper calls for multiple opportunities to debate publicly and reiterated his call for transparency in election security saying, “At a time when the security and fairness of our elections is…

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