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Three women sworn in to new terms as state officeholders

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oaths of office to three statewide elected officials — all women — at the Statehouse Monday. Secretary of State Connie Lawson and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell were each sworn-in to their second terms, while State Auditor Tera Klutz, appointed […]

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Mishawaka businessman selected to replace South Bend lawmaker

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Mishawaka businessman selected to replace South Bend lawmaker

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A Mishawaka insurance agent and former policeman has been selected to serve in the Seventh District seat that was vacated by Joe Taylor III, who quit earlier in December just weeks after being elected to a new term. Ross Deal, 61, was selected Thursday by St. Joseph County Democratic precinct committee members. […]

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Voter turnout exceeded 50 percent in 2018 election

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—One of the most hotly contested Senate races in the nation helped drive Hoosiers to the polls on Election Day in some of the greatest numbers in two decades. Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Wednesday that 51 percent—or more than 2.3 million voters—cast a ballot in the midterm general election. “The […]

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State representative quits to take UAW job

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State representative quits to take UAW job

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—State Rep. Joe Taylor, D- South Bend, has quit the job he was re-elected to a month ago to accept a position with the United Auto Workers International Union. Taylor, who was first elected to the House seat in 2016, said in a news release that the job was just too good […]

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Common Cause Indiana calls for lawmakers to reform election laws

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With issues seen around the state on Election Day from polls that opened late to ballots that took days to count, lawmakers are being urged to seek ways to improve the state’s election laws when they convene in January. “I think the experience in Indiana in those counties that had problems […]

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House Republicans hang on to supermajority status

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Republicans will maintain their supermajority status in the Indiana General Assembly after votes were finally tallied in Porter County where state Rep. Ed Soliday, of Valparaiso, defeated his Democratic challenger. The final count showed Soliday edging out Democrat Frank Szczepanski by just under 2,000 votes and giving House Republicans 67 seats, leaving […]

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Democrats, despite election losses, say they are hopeful

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats had a big setback on Election Day in U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s lopsided loss to Republican challenger Mike Braun by a 51 to 44 percent margin. But with the 2018 election season now history, the Indiana Democratic Party is now looking to the future and its leader is […]

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Indiana Democrats make progress, but fail to offset Republican supermajorities

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republicans will maintain their supermajority in both chambers of the Indiana Statehouse, leaving their Democratic counterparts to determine next steps and reorganize their efforts for the 2019 legislative session. But that doesn’t mean Democratic efforts were useless. Perhaps the most significant Democratic win of the evening was for 29th […]

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Donnelly loses re-election bid to Braun

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—What has been called the nation’s nastiest and costliest Senate race is over, and Republican Mike Braun will take incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly’s place in the United States Senate. Donnelly conceded to Braun in Indiana’s high-stakes Senate race around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after trailing behind his Republican challenger as soon as […]

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U.S. House Republicans win Indiana voters despite strong challenges from Democrats

By Erica Irish  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s congressional delegation will remain largely unchanged, with seven Republicans and two Democrats winning Tuesday. Incumbent Rep. Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana’s 9th Congressional District won out in a heated campaign against Democratic challenger Liz Watson, allowing him to hold his seat in Congress for a second term. He ended […]

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