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Pence appoints dozens to state boards, commissions

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has made appointments to the following boards and commissions. Business Law Survey Commission Noell Allen, Hancock County, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor Stuart Gutwein, Tippecanoe County, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor Janet Monroe, Marion County, appointed to serve at […]

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BMV names new director program management

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that its new director of program management will be Manuel Mendez, Mendez moves to the state from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office where he was the director of the Department of Code Enforcement for seven years. “We are thrilled to have Manny join […]

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Former Democratic lawmaker Wayne Townsend dies at 89

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former state lawmaker Wayne Townsend – who was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1984 – died Friday. He was 89. A farmer in Blackford County, the Democrat served three terms in the Indiana House and then 16 years in the state Senate. “As a longtime state legislator, Sen. […]

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Spokeswoman Tory Flynn leaves House Republican staff

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Monday that the Republican Communications Director Tory Flynn will be leaving her position for a new role in the private sector. She’s been in the post since 2010. Flynn serves as the chief spokesperson for the House Republicans and managed all aspects of […]

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Carrie Petty named executive director of Indiana Republican Party

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Indianapolis businesswoman and philanthropist Carrie Petty was named executive director of the Indiana Republican Party. Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell said in a statement he chose Petty because of her “tremendous passion for helping people, experience as an executive leader and long history of community involvement will be valuable […]

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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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