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Chamber of Commerce endorses Holcomb’s re-election

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has officially announced its support for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in his bid for re-election in 2020. The chamber, in announcing its endorsement Tuesday, said in a news release that it is only the second time it has endorsed a candidate in a gubernatorial race, with the […]

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Second state lawmaker announces that he’s retiring next year

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—House Speaker Brian Bosma isn’t the only state lawmaker retiring at the end of the 2020 legislative session; Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, announced Thursday that the session beginning on Jan. 6 will be his last. Burton, brother of former U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican, has spent 31 years representing […]

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Lawmaker wants to lower the age to run for the General Assembly

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An Indiana legislator wants to lower the age required to seek a state office to encourage more young people to take part in the state’s lawmaking process. Rep. Chris Chyung, D-Dyer, announced his proposal Thursday to lower the age to run for either the Indiana House or Senate to age 18, […]

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Hoosiers ask “who?” when polled on state government leaders

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More Hoosiers approve than disapprove of the jobs being done by Gov. Eric Holcomb, the legislature and Attorney General Curtis Hill – but even more have no opinion or have never even heard of them. That was among the findings of a new poll released Tuesday by the Bowen Center for […]

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Bloomington senator announces retirement at end of term

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Bloomington senator announces retirement at end of term

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—State Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington, announced Friday that he is retiring from the Senate when his term ends next year. Stoops, first elected to the Senate in 2012, issued a news release announcing his retirement but gave no reason for stepping down. He said that he will continue to work on legislation […]

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Melton launches campaign for governor in his Gary hometown

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—State Sen. Eddie Melton made it official Tuesday—he’s running for governor. The first-term senator made the announcement that he’s seeking the Democratic nomination in his hometown of Gary. He was introduced by Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, who called him a “great state senator, just an all-around good man.” […]

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$10 million going toward beefing up election security

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—By the next election, one in 10 direct recording electronic (DREs) voting machines will have a small black box attached to them that will let voters see a printout of their ballot, providing a paper trial that can be used in post-election audits. Secretary of State Connie Lawson held one-on-one interviews […]

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Tech executive to seek Democratic nomination for governor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Josh Owens, CEO of the Indianapolis-based tech firm SupplyKick, on Monday became the second Democrat to get into the race for governor. “I’m running for Governor now because I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected,” Owens said […]

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Cass County councilwoman will replace ex-Sen. Randy Head

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Cass County Councilwoman Stacey Donato has won a Republican precinct committee caucus vote to replace former Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, who stepped down in August for a job as a deputy prosecutor in Pulaski County. After 90 minutes and five rounds of voting, the volunteer precinct committee members finally chose Donato […]

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Sen. Karen Tallian announces campaign for attorney general

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Saying that Indiana’s attorney general should be an advocate for Hoosiers, Democratic state Sen. Karen Tallian announced Wednesday that she is jumping into the race. Tallian, of Ogden Dunes in the northwest corner of the state, took a shot at the current attorney general, Curtis Hill, saying that “he has not […]

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