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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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Sex offenders couldn’t vote at schools under bill passed by Senate

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal by state Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, to ban sex offenders from entering school grounds to vote passed the Senate on Thursday. “It is important that our children are protected in every way possible,” Mrvan said in a press release. “Schools are no place for those who have been […]

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Video & story: Students worry bill could impact voting in their college towns

IU student voices concerns about Indiana election legislation By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator has agreed to rethink legislation that critics say could make it harder for college students to vote in the communities in which they attend school. Students from Indiana, Southern Indiana and Ball State universities came to the Statehouse […]

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Redistricting issue headed to a study committee

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers don’t seem ready to trust their redistricting work to an independent commission – but they appear poised to at least think about it. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers remake those maps every 10 years after the U.S. Census. […]

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Lawson seeks funding for voting programs

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a presentation to the House Ways and Means Committee, Secretary of State Connie Lawson requested an increase in funding for the state’s electronic voting system. Lawson said the General Assembly has funded a voter system technical oversight program that is currently administered by the Bowen Center at Ball […]

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Pence calls bill to let him run for prez, governor a ‘distraction’

By Adam Lee TheStatehousFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that a bill meant to allow him to run for both president and governor in the 2016 election is a “well-intentioned distraction.” Senate Bill 200, authored by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, would eliminate a ban on candidates running simultaneously for a state and federal […]

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

Media mogul Steve Forbes talks about whether Mike Pence should run for president By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should run for president because “he’s got the record and got the experience” to be a strong candidate in 2016, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday. “Why shouldn’t he look at […]

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Pelath says Democrats will remain strong, relevant despite low numbers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said Thursday he’s to blame – not President Barack Obama or the Indiana Democratic Party – for losses on Election Day that let his caucus slide to just 29 out of 100 members in the chamber. Pelath didn’t offer specifics, saying simply that it’s […]

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Video & story: Republicans to ‘tread lightly’ with bigger majorities in House, Senate

Rep McMillin on new leadership role in Indiana House from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans celebrated Election Day wins that extended their legislative supermajorities to levels not seen for decades but pledged to be inclusive with the dwindling number of their Democratic colleagues. House Speaker Brian Bosma – who will return to […]

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All nine of Indiana’s congressional incumbents reelected

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All of Indiana’s incumbent congressional candidates won their seats easily on Tuesday. Voters reelected seven Republicans and two Democrats to the U.S. House. Neither of the state’s Senate seats was on the ballot. First term U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, a Republican, won reelection easily to her 5th District seat. […]

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