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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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Rokita’s ‘God’s will’ comment spurs 2018 campaign preview

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A statement by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita about God’s will regarding natural disasters has stirred up a mix of responses and is giving one of the first looks at the drama that’s likely to be a part of the 2018 U.S. Senate campaign. “Even though we cannot predict God’s […]

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Rallygoers call for new district lines

By Abrahm Hurt       TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for redistricting reform gathered to commemorate the birthday of “the father of gerrymandering”, former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry. About 100 people showed up on the steps of the south lawn at the Statehouse Monday for the rally, many carrying handmade posters in support of drawing new district lines […]

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Top Republican Kenley to retire from Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — One of the most powerful leaders in the Indiana Statehouse is retiring after 25 years of public office. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, will be step down from his seat on Sept. 30. “It’s been my privilege to serve the people of Senate District 20 at the Statehouse for the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: More opportunities to register to vote at the BMV

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute,­ argues Indiana has a problem with voter turnout. For the 2014 midterm election, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout or among […]

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