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Ukraine native to serve as newest senator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — When Victoria Spartz took the stage at a caucus to determine who would fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, her accent was strong, but her passion for American politics was stronger. “I’ll tell you a story about my accent,” Spartz, a Ukraine native, said to start her introduction to […]

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‘No correlation’ between early voting and voter turnout, secretary of state says

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Secretary of State Connie Lawson is concerned, the candidates and the issues, not necessarily the number of early polling sites, drive voter turnout. Rather, she said to a group of lawmakers Wednesday at the Interim Study Committee on Elections, early voting benefits people who vote in […]

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Donnelly announces re-election campaign in Anderson

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A passionate crowd of Democrats made their way to the United Auto Workers building in Anderson Monday where they cheered on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly as he announced his run for a second term. “The American tradition is to make sure that, as a nation, we give a chance […]

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Messer kicks off campaign with blues skies and barbecue

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com MORRISTOWN, Ind. — Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer launched his U.S. Senate campaign Saturday with a little bit of politics and a whole lot of barbecue. “Some say this doesn’t exist anymore — hundreds of Hoosier families standing shoulder to shoulder, waving flags, having a barbecue, people from all generations coming […]

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Former Pence adviser to run for Rokita’s empty seat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Army veteran and former Senior Advisor to former Gov. Mike Pence, Diego Morales, will run for the Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita. Morales announced his campaign the day after Rokita entered the race for Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s hotly contested U.S. Senate seat. Morales was […]

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Democrat to challenge Bucshon in 8th District race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney William Tanoos announced his candidacy for Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. If he wins the Democratic primary, he will run against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Larry Bucshon. Bucshon is in his fourth term serving the southwest and central west areas of Indiana including Evansville and Terre Haute. Tanoos, who works in […]

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Long endorses Messer in 2018 Senate race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate President Pro Tem David Long endorsed U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s run for Indiana’s 2018 Senate seat. Long picked Messer the day after U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita officially announced his campaign. In a statement, Long said he has known Messer for many years and was impressed by the work that […]

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Rokita enters 2018 Senate race to ‘defeat the elite’

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Chants of “Joe must go” filled the air on the Statehouse lawn Wednesday morning when U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita announced his bid for Sen. Joe Donnelly’s hotly contested U.S. Senate seat. “Indiana needs a conservative senator who has our values,” Rokita said. “Indiana needs a senator who votes on […]

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Race to fill Kenley’s seat shapes up

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — From a former policy advisor to Gov. Mike Pence to a political newcomer, at least six Republicans are vying for Sen. Luke Kenley’s soon-to-be open Senate seat. Kenley, R-Noblesville, announced his retirement July 5, ending his 25 years in office Sept. 30. As chairman of the Senate Appropriates Committee, […]

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Messer officially joins the 2018 U.S. Senate race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Luke Messer announced his run for the 2018 U.S. Senate with a simple post on Twitter Wednesday. A large red campaign logo was posted on Messer’s Twitter account reading “I Like Luke.” Along with the graphic, Messer announced, “We’re in!! See you at the picnic on August 12th.” […]

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