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Bill would change absentee ballot process

Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Elections Committee passed a bill 8-0 on Monday that would change the absentee ballot application process. Senator Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 175, which would require voters to put the last four digits of their social security numbers on their absentee ballot applications. He said […]

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Lugar outspends Mourdock on ads

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar’s challenger in the Republican Senate primary, aired conflicting campaign commercials this week. Mourdock’s ad aired statewide Monday and Thursday on FOX News and CNN during the Republican presidential debates. It focused on showing voters that Lugar isn’t […]

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Pence outraises Gregg significantly in governor’s race

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Campaign finance figures released Wednesday showed that Republican Mike Pence raised nearly three times as much money in 2011 as his likely opponent, Democrat John Gregg. Pence raised slightly more than $5 million between May 5, 2011 – when he announced his campaign – and the end […]

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Candidate filing opens for May primaries

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File Only two hours after the filing period for this May’s primary opened, Republican Luke Messer had already registered to run for Congress in the state’s sixth district in eastern Indiana. Here a radio report on the first day of filing for the May primaries. Listen now. Former state representative […]

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Democratic party seeking delegates for convention

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Those interested can now begin filing to be a delegate at the 2012 Indiana Democratic Party State Convention. The convention is to be hosted June 15-17 in Fort Wayne, and delegates will participate in activities including nominating the statewide ticket, adopting party platforms and selecting delegates to the 2012 Democratic […]

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Experts disagree about whether Indiana’s primary will matter

By Megan Banta and Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Given Mitt Romney’s wins in the Republican New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus, political experts are split about whether Hoosier voters will matter when Indiana’s primary rolls around on May 8. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said it’s likely that […]

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Voting on absentee ballot application process delayed

By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — After contentious debate, the Senate Elections Committee opted to delay voting on a measure that would change the absentee ballot application process. Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 175 and said its purpose was to prevent cheating or fraud in absentee balloting. The bill would require […]

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Democrats try to move on after messy leadership fight

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democrats acknowledged Monday they face a significant challenge trying to unite the party in time for important 2012 elections after a messy leadership squabble over the weekend left key officials divided. Some members of the party’s central committee said they are frustrated about a three-hour closed […]

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Dan Parker stepping down as Indiana Democratic chairman. Read his letter & hear him speak.

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Dan Parker said Monday he will step down as chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party after a seven-year tenure that included big political highs – including Barack Obama’s 2008 win in the state – but recent lows as well. Read Dan Parker’s letter announcing that he is […]

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GOP mayoral wins could help party in 2012 election

By Ellie Price and Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans strengthened their grassroots network leading into key 2012 gubernatorial and legislative campaigns by capturing a majority of Indiana’s mayoral races in Tuesday’s election. The wins put the Indiana Republican Party in a better position for fundraising and organizing as they prepare for […]

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