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4 reasons millennial voters are interesting – and matter

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Turns out, the 26 percent of 18-29 year olds who plan to vote in next week’s midterms and the presidential election in 2016 do have opinions – contrary to commonly held beliefs. In fact, their political views are so important, they are considered by the institute’s director, Maggie Williams, […]

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For US House freshmen, definition of success rarely includes legislation

By Ayana Stewart SHFWire WASHINGTON – Voters who live in an area represented by a first-time U.S. representative shouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens to bills from their congressional district. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, recalls orientation during his first days in Washington and being told that passing legislation as a freshman is “just not going to […]

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Secretary of state candidates battle over voting issues

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Beth White is banking that Hoosiers are ready for a change as she fights to unseat Republican Connie Lawson from the secretary of state’s office. But White – who currently serves as the Marion County clerk – is facing an uphill battle. No Democrat has held the job […]

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Three men vie to represent Indiana’s 9th congressional disrict

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Todd Young, a Republican, is defending his 9th District seat against two challengers: Democrat Bill Bailey and Libertarian Mike Frey. Learn more about each in the stories below. Young credits family, setbacks for political successes U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-9th District, is seeking a third term and says there’s still more he […]

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9th District: Young credits family, setbacks for political successes

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9th District: Young credits family, setbacks for political successes

By Garrett Day TheStatehouseFile.com U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-9th District, says an early setback helped set him on the path to success in his life. The U.S. Naval Academy rejected Young when he first applied for admission. He was right out of high school. But he truly wanted to be at Annapolis and so he […]

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9th District: Bailey advocates term limits, breaks for college students

By Garrett Day and Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than 40 years ago, Bill Bailey – the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District seat – learned something about love out of tragedy. His father committed suicide in 1972. At the time, Bailey was in his early 20s. The moment was one of the […]

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9th District: Frey brings corporate experience to congressional race

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9th District: Frey brings corporate experience to congressional race

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Barry Goldwater lit a long fuse for Libertarian congressional candidate Mike Frey. It was in 1964 when Frey was just in the eighth grade. “I saw a political rally at Southport High School for Barry Goldwater,” Frey said. “After retirement, I started reading some of the senator’s writings. It […]

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Auditor candidates clash over experience, transparency

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The race to become the next state auditor has become in part about what qualifies as the right experience for the job. Suzanne Crouch, the incumbent who was appointed to the post early this year, says her work as a former county auditor, county commissioner and state lawmaker gives […]

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Treasurer’s race pits office veteran against former Illinois lawmaker

By Andi TenBarge The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial state Treasurer Richard Murdock stepped down from his post in August leaving the office up for grabs in November when voters will decide between candidates who have experience inside and outside the treasure’s doors. Republican Kelly Mitchell is a former county commissioner who worked in the state […]

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Statewide candidates take to TV to spread message

By Hannah Troyer Thestatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With no race of national interest on the ballot in Indiana, the TV ad wars that accompany most election seasons have been largely missing. But the men and women running for state treasurer, auditor and secretary of state are trying to fill the void and nab voters’ attention. Five […]

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