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Pence won’t cancel campaign trip to New Hampshire to appease Democrats

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats are calling on Gov. Mike Pence to cancel a trip to New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, and to release documents about his decision not to apply for a federal pre-kindergarten grant. But the governor’s press secretary said Pence’s presence is needed to help other GOP […]

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Democrats say GOP agenda is smokescreen

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com A Republican legislative agenda that calls for more money for education is a smokescreen to shield the GOP from past failings, Indiana Democratic Chairman John Zody said Wednesday. He said Republicans are simply trying to convince Hoosiers they are “prioritizing critical issues for Indiana.” “The truth is, it’s not an agenda […]

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9th District candidates agree Congress is problem, disagree how to solve it

Indiana 9th Congressional District forum at Franklin College from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Ind. – In a congenial candidate forum Monday at Franklin College, incumbent U.S. Rep. Todd Young acknowledged that incremental change is the goal when trying to turn around a political system he calls dysfunctional. But the men trying […]

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Lawson to kids: Participate in mock elections

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Secretary of State Connie Lawson is encouraging parents, educators, and students to participate in the National Student/Parent Mock Election to learn more about elections. Lawson was appointed by NSPME to help recruit students across the state to enroll in the program which has been a national tradition for 34 […]

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New app makes registering to vote easy on the go

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will be able to register to vote via smart phone this election after the release of the “Indiana Voters” app. “The Indiana Voters App is the next phase of this office embracing technology to improve customer service and citizen engagement,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a […]

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Rep. Turner to resign from legislature – if he’s reelected in November

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Embattled state Rep. Eric Turner said Friday he will step down from the General Assembly if he is reelected in November and join a national Christian organization to pursue opportunities in ministry. Turner, R-Cicero, said he will complete his current term representing District 32 and stay on the ballot. […]

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Bayh: I will not be a candidate for governor in 2016

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Evan Bayh made it official Friday – he won’t be running for governor in 2016. Last month, Bayh, a former Indiana governor and U.S. senator, said  a 2016 run was “highly unlikely.” Friday morning, Bayh removed the last bit of doubt by releasing a statement saying he would not run: […]

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Money pours into state elections across US as stakes rise

By Jeffrey Stinson Stateline.org Money is pouring into statehouse elections this year at a potentially record-breaking rate, as the stakes for political control in the 50 capitals continue to rise. Campaign contributions for state races this election cycle likely will surpass a record $2.1 billion collected by candidates, legislative caucuses and state political committees in […]

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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Politicians and pundits have a name for the races going on this year. They call them “off-year” elections. That’s because the big executive branch offices – president of the United States and, here in Indiana, governor – won’t be on the ballot Nov. 4. Less money gets spent on […]

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Evan Bayh says gubernatorial run is ‘unlikely’

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Evan Bayh says it’s “unlikely” he will run for governor again, although he won’t finalize his decision until after Labor Day. The former senator and two-term governor said during the “No Limits” radio show on WFYI that he has given the idea consideration because people he respects asked […]

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