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Commentary: Obama finds ‘wedge’ issue in support for gay marriage

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage takes a page from Newt Gingrich’s play book. Gingrich liked “wedge” issues that divided the country so that he and his party could pick up the bigger half. Obama has found a wedge issue that likely will work to his […]

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Graphic: The gay marriage landscape in the United States

Graphic by Stateline.org. Click on this graphic twice to see it larger. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

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Mourdock, Donnelly start bids for moderate voters in Senate contest

By Greg Margason and Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – One day after becoming their parties’ nominees in a race for U.S. Senate, Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly reached out to the state’s moderate voters, each with an argument that he will best represent Indiana’s values. The candidates are battling for the […]

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Commentary: Donnelly and Mourdock will both fight for Lugar voters

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Early in his speech acknowledging victory in Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senate primary race, Richard Mourdock paid tribute to the man he beat, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. Mourdock needed to do that. One of the questions of the fall campaign – perhaps the central question – is where […]

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Commentary: Lugar was not just another politician

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The late British parliamentarian and writer Enoch Powell wrote Richard Lugar’s political epitaph a long time ago: “All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” Powell’s wisdom […]

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Brooks, Messer, Bucshon and May win tightly contested GOP primaries

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS –Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks and former GOP leader Luke Messer won closely watched Republican primaries in the state’s 5th and 6th Congressional districts Tuesday and are expected to win easily in November. Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon defeated a feisty challenger in the state’s 8th District […]

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Mourdock easily defeats six-term incumbent Dick Lugar

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Treasurer Richard Mourdock has defeated incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, ending a distinguished, 36-year career that earned the Republican accolades nationally and internationally but led to questions about whether he was out of touch with Hoosiers. Mourdock had a 20-point-lead in the GOP Senate primary with a third […]

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Romney campaigns in Indianapolis day before primary

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to Indiana to raise money on the eve of a primary election he’s expected to win easily. Romney spoke Monday night to roughly 200 people – most of whom paid from $2,500 to $50,000 to attend – at the JW Marriott […]

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Voters to decide nominees for Senate, House, legislative and county offices

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – As the 2012 primary race comes to a close, Hoosier voters are headed to the polls Tuesday to nominate their parties’ candidates for president, senator, governor and a host of legislative and county offices. Neither Republican nor Democratic voters will have a real say in the presidential […]

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Tax revenue spikes in April but is expected to even out in May

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State tax collections in April were 25 percent higher than during the same month one year ago, but Gov. Mitch Daniels cautioned against too much celebration, saying the increase was due in part to the faster processing of income tax returns. “A lot of that is going […]

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