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GOP Senate primary campaign heats up

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Another of the six GOP candidates in the race to replace Sen. Joe Donnelly launched his first campaign ad six months ahead of the primary election, saying he’s “tired of watching Congress do nothing.” Mike Braun, a former Republican state representative from Jasper, debuted his first commercial Tuesday as […]

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Spartz sworn in as senator after Kenley’s retirement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Victoria Spartz became the state’s newest senator Wednesday after being sworn in to fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s former seat. “I am eager to begin my first session with the General Assembly,” Spartz said in a statement. “It is a privilege to be the voice of the constituents in Senate District […]

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State Treasurer Mitchell to run again in 2018

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After serving three years as state treasurer, Republican Kelly Mitchell is running for re-election next year. “I am proud of the work we’ve done in my first term and I have the experience and vision to continue to serve Hoosiers at state treasurer,” Mitchell said in a statement Thursday. “In […]

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Rally-goers say gerrymandering hurts democracy

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For 30 years, Edna Parkinson has supported the Republican Party as a fiscal conservative who was pro-life and believed in limited government. Yet despite her staunch Republican background, Parkinson said she does not like seeing a large majority of right-leaning lawmakers in the House and Senate. “To me, not […]

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Republicans pushing hard to unseat Donnelly

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One of the most hotly contested Senate races in the nation is taking place here in the Hoosier state and no matter what happens in 2018, at least two current members of Congress will be unemployed. “If Republicans want to keep their majority [in the Senate], they have to […]

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Hoosiers call for laws to make voting easier

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — National Voter Registration Day was Tuesday, and some Hoosiers spent it asking lawmakers to change voting laws to make registering and casting ballots easier. The Interim Study Committee on Elections met to talk about voter participation and election results following the 2016 election. Last year, more than two million Hoosiers […]

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Sen. Doug Eckerty to leave the General Assembly

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Doug Eckerty will not seek reelection in 2018.   “Serving my constituents of Madison, Delaware and Henry counties for the past seven years has been both a rewarding and humbling experience,” Eckerty said in a statement. Eckerty will finish his term. In his announcement, the Yorktown Republican did not […]

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Ukraine native to serve as newest senator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — When Victoria Spartz took the stage at a caucus to determine who would fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, her accent was strong, but her passion for American politics was stronger. “I’ll tell you a story about my accent,” Spartz, a Ukraine native, said to start her introduction to […]

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‘No correlation’ between early voting and voter turnout, secretary of state says

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Secretary of State Connie Lawson is concerned, the candidates and the issues, not necessarily the number of early polling sites, drive voter turnout. Rather, she said to a group of lawmakers Wednesday at the Interim Study Committee on Elections, early voting benefits people who vote in […]

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Donnelly announces re-election campaign in Anderson

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A passionate crowd of Democrats made their way to the United Auto Workers building in Anderson Monday where they cheered on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly as he announced his run for a second term. “The American tradition is to make sure that, as a nation, we give a chance […]

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