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Brooks opts to run for House reelection, not Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Susan Brooks became the latest Republican to say no to a Senate bid when she announced on Monday that she plans to run for reelection to her 5th District seat in the U.S. House. Brooks said she had not considered running for statewide office before Sen. Dan Coats […]

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Video & story: Carly Fiorina visits Indy, seeks traction in crowded GOP presidential field

Hillary Clinton may not be the only female seeking the Oval Office from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Possible presidential contender Carly Fiorina wouldn’t say Monday how she thinks the GOP should choose which candidates will get to participate in the party’s 2016 presidential debates. Fiorina – in Indianapolis to speak at a […]

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Poll: Pence approval, favorability numbers fall dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. ‪Mike Pence is underwater and vulnerable to a challenge in 2016. The battle over a religious freedom measure perceived as discriminatory against gays and lesbians has left more Hoosiers disapproving of the job the Indiana governor is doing than approving of it, according to a new poll. And […]

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Redistricting study committee passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will establish a study committee to consider how to handle redistricting and evaluate the benefits and problems with changing the state’s mapping methods passed the Senate on Wednesday. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers redraw those lines […]

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Oesterle plans return to politics to fix ‘badly damaged’ Indiana reputation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Bill Oesterle says he did not step down as CEO of Angie’s List to run for governor – but he’s not ruling it out either. Oesterle, who masterminded Mitch Daniels’ first campaign for governor, said Wednesday that the “state’s reputation has been badly damaged” by fallout from a […]

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Young campaign says donations mean he could be competitive in Senate race

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Young’s campaign announced Tuesday that the Republican has raised more than $500,000 since Sen. Dan Coats announced he would not seek reelection. That’s a sign that Young has the support to seek the seat, his spokesman said. “These fundraising numbers show there is an overwhelmingly positive […]

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Video & story: Holcomb becomes first official candidate in 2016 Senate race

Holcomb announces he will seek US Senate seat from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The GOP’s Eric Holcomb became the first candidate to officially announce he’ll run in 2016 to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Dan Coats but other Republicans and Democrats say they are pondering a bid as well. Surrounded by […]

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Coats: Time has come to pass ‘demanding’ job to someone else

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not seek reelection in 2016 – a move that sparked immediate interest among several top Republicans and Democrats and could start a chain reaction of political moves in Indiana. Coats said the decision not to run was difficult but he’s “concluded that the time […]

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Jeff Cardwell to be new GOP chairman; Berry resigns

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tim Berry is out as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and Indianapolis businessman Jeff Cardwell is on his way in. Berry – a former state treasurer and Allen County official – announced Thursday he would resign his post as head of the party, saying that the decision to […]

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Top Democrats: We need a Pence challenger ASAP

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ‪Indiana Democrats still haven’t found a candidate to challenge Gov. Mike Pence in 2016 – and some of the party’s leaders are frustrated about it.‪ The most likely contenders, including 2012 nominee John Gregg and former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, have been tepid so far, signaling their interest in […]

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