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Susan Brooks announces retirement from Congress

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The relatively safe Republican seat in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District may have gotten a little more competitive with the announcement Friday by U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks that she will not seek re-election. Brooks, a Carmel Republican first elected in 2012, sent an email saying she will not seek a fifth term because, after […]

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Gary senator seeks Democratic nomination for governor

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gary Sen. Eddie Melton is the first Democrat to announce that he’s seeking his party’s nomination to challenge Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2020. Melton is expected to announce his foray into the race in his hometown before a group of teachers, parents and others in the community on Tuesday […]

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Commentary: Protecting democracy one voter at a time

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Special counsel Robert Mueller seldom speaks publicly, so it’s important to listen when he does. Wednesday, Mueller reiterated the findings of his 448-page report and ended with this warning: “There were multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our (2016) election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.” He […]

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Voters receive postcards to confirm their registrations

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More than 4.2 million voters across Indiana received a small black and white postcard from the state’s Election Division this week. The reason? State officials are updating voter registration rolls. The cards, which cost $1.1 million to mail, ask that if the registered voter named on the card no longer lives […]

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Senate committee Oks shooting teachers with pellet guns in training drills

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Teachers may soon have the option to be shot with pellet guns during active shooter training. The Senate Education and Career Development Committee amended House Bill 1253–a bill creating handgun training for teachers–Wednesday to allow school staff to choose to be shot with projectiles during the optional 39-hour training process. Last […]

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Absentee ballot bill on its way to governor’s desk, changes deadline in 2019 elections

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—House lawmakers sat divided Wednesday when the majority party backed a bill to change absentee mail-in ballot deadlines, clearing its final hurdle before heading to the governor. In a 65-31 vote led by House Republicans, the chamber approved changes made to House Bill 1311 in the Senate. The main goal of HB […]

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Effort to track absentee ballots rejected by Senate

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A Senate committee Thursday rejected an amendment that would have required tracking numbers on all absentee ballots as not a viable option for Indiana right now. House Bill 1311, authored by Rep. Thomas Saunders, R-Lewisville, would change the deadline for applying for absentee ballots from eight days before an election to […]

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Election committee reviews new regulations for absentee ballot counting, more

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would update how Indiana administers elections to protect voting rights and to better validate absentee ballots got its first hearing in the House Elections and Apportionment Committee Thursday. Senate Bill 558, authored by Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, adds a variety of regulations to Indiana elections. Notable changes […]

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Advocates push lawmakers to enact redistricting reforms

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Advocates for redistricting reform said time is running out for Indiana to enact changes that will put voters ahead of political advantage. Bills that would enact their top priority – an independent nonpartisan commission to draw legislative and congressional boundaries – have already died this session, as they have in […]

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Senate rejects making it easier for minor parties to get on ballot

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Senate voted no on equality for minor political parties in Indiana on Thursday. Senate Bill 571, authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, would have removed distinctions between major and minor political parties for getting their candidates on the ballot. But Republican and Democratic senators balked at that, defeating Walker’s […]

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