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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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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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