IN Focus: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

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INDIANAPOLIS (January 31, 2016) - From the race for President in Iowa, to the campaigns for Governor and State Superintendent here in Indiana, the IN Focus team is talking about this week's top stories in politics.

In the video above, panelists Tim Swarens, Jennifer Wagner and Marcus Barlow discuss the fight for LGBT rights and the impact on the 2016 race for Governor.

This week, Governing magazine moved the Indiana governor's race from "lean Republican" to a toss-up.

Also this past week, a new candidate emerged in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools will run for the state’s top education post, challenging current Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

Jennifer McCormick made the announcement Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse. She’ll run as a Republican, going up against Ritz, a Democrat. McCormick is the first Republican to formally launch a campaign against Ritz for the next election.

Ritz has clashed repeatedly with Gov. Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers over education policy since taking office in 2013.

McCormick said she’s served at every level of public education in Indiana, starting as a special education teacher and middle school language arts teacher. She served as principal of Yorktown Elementary School before becoming assistant superintendent and, eventually, superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools.

McCormick is holding a series of events across the state, making stops in Jeffersonville, Evansville, South Bend and Fort Wayne. She also plans to visit Terre Haute, Lafayette and Munster.

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