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Northeast Indiana Republican says he might run for governor

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana businessman Bob Thomas is exploring a run for governor in 2016, a move that would pit him against incumbent Mike Pence in the Republican primary. For more than 30 years, Thomas has owned car dealerships in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Initially, Thomas was planning to run for Indiana’s […]

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Expanded disclosure, ethics rules now law

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An ethics bill meant to increase of legislators’ financial affairs is now law in Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1002, which was authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, on Monday. The bill would require legislators to disclose any investments they hold that total $5,000 or more. […]

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Jim Banks returns to Senate for visit, will be back for good soon

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, made his first visit Wednesday to the Senate chamber since returning from Afghanistan where he’d been deployed for the past six months. Banks gave up his seat temporarily – and Democratic officials assigned it to his wife – to go to the Middle East. […]

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Ethics bill that requires more financial disclosure from lawmakers heads to Pence for approval

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An ethics bill that would require lawmakers to be more transparent with their business dealings and stop them from using state resources for political gain is now headed to the governor for approval. House Bill 1002, which was authored and sponsored by the four leaders of the House and […]

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TheStatehouseFile.com, reporters win journalism awards

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – TheStatehouseFile.com was named the state’s top news website and four current and former students received honors at the 36th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana Journalism” awards gala. The site – which is powered by Franklin College journalism students – received first place in the best news website […]

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Former Pence staffer Matt Lloyd joins office as communications director

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has turned to a former adviser to serve as the communications director in his office. Pence on Friday appointed Matt Lloyd to the role of deputy chief of staff for communications and strategy. He’ll replace Christy Denault, who announced earlier this month that she was leaving […]

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Browning resigns as INDOT commissioner with no explanation

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Karl Browning resigned his post Wednesday as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation in an email to the governor without explanation. Gov. Mike Pence immediately named Brandye Hendrickson – who’d previously led the agency in an interim role – to succeed him. The governor’s office would not say […]

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Donna Harris takes over her late husband’s House seat

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Donna Harris, the wife of long-time lawmaker Earl Harris, was sworn in on Monday to replace her husband as state representative. Rep. Donna Harris, D-East Chicago, was chosen by a caucus of Democratic Party leaders in her district to finish her husband’s term, which ends in 2016. Rep. Earl […]

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Pence communications director Christy Denault resigns to spend time with family

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence’s communications director will leave the administration next month, just as the Republican governor is trying to recover from backlash over a divisive religious freedom law. Christy Denault, who started with Pence during his campaign for governor in 2012, said in a resignation letter that the “time has […]

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Rep. Harris to be remembered at calling and services on Friday, Saturday

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Rep. Harris to be remembered at calling and services on Friday, Saturday

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Arrangements have been announced for the funeral of Rep. Earl Harris, D-East Chicago, who died Monday. The visitation will take place from 2-8 p.m. CDT Friday at the Divinity Funeral Home in East Chicago. The family will be available from 6-8 p.m. The funeral will take place at 11 […]

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