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Auditor candidates clash over experience, transparency

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The race to become the next state auditor has become in part about what qualifies as the right experience for the job. Suzanne Crouch, the incumbent who was appointed to the post early this year, says her work as a former county auditor, county commissioner and state lawmaker gives […]

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Treasurer’s race pits office veteran against former Illinois lawmaker

By Andi TenBarge The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial state Treasurer Richard Murdock stepped down from his post in August leaving the office up for grabs in November when voters will decide between candidates who have experience inside and outside the treasure’s doors. Republican Kelly Mitchell is a former county commissioner who worked in the state […]

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Republicans to file complaint over Democrat’s campaign materials

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Beth White’s staff acknowledged Wednesday that it distributed campaign material for her secretary of state’s race without a required disclosure notice. But spokesman Chris Becker called the problem an oversight and said the campaign has stopped using the postcard-style materials. Still, the Indiana Republican Party announced Wednesday that […]

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Video & story: Mitch Daniels takes RV-1 on last ride, delivers campaign vehicle to hall of fame

Mitch Daniels takes RV-1 on last ride, delivers campaign vehicle to hall of fame from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.   By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mitch Daniels on Wednesday stood in front of the iconic campaign RV that helped shepherd him into the governor’s office back in 2004 and prepared for one last ride […]

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Commentary: Winners and losers reveal character in post-election speeches

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On Election Night, several candidates, both winners and losers, showed how real leaders speak after the votes have been cast and the contest has been decided. And several didn’t. Let’s talk about the ones who got it right first. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was gracious in defeat. He […]

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Commentary: 12 lessons from the 2012 elections

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org If there’s one thing we can take away from the 2012 election in Indiana, it is that there really are 12 things we can take away from the 2012 election in Indiana. Primaries and general elections are two totally different creatures. Although Richard Mourdock won his primary handily over outgoing Sen. […]

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Pence wins governor’s race over Gregg

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mike Pence will keep the governor’s office in GOP hands with his victory Tuesday night over Democrat John Gregg. Pence will leave the U.S. House, where he’s served for 12 years, to take the helm of a state that he has said is “on the verge of greatness.” […]

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Gregg, Pence vote early and go last-minute campaigning on Election Day

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The candidates for governor voted in their hometowns early Tuesday before heading out to campaign in a last minute effort to win more support. Democrat John Gregg voted in Sandborn before heading to Vincennes where he shook hands and asked for votes. In Clifford, just outside Columbus, Mike Pence […]

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Commentary: The country endures even the toughest of elections – then and now

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s finally here – the end of the election season. This campaign year has been brutal, divisive and ugly. Both Democrats and Republicans have spent billions of dollars demonizing their opponents and driving wedges between Americans. At times it has seemed that we never have been so divided and […]

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Analysis: Over-the-top election ads are just trash

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At my home on the near south side of Indianapolis, the crush of political mailers has become almost laughable. Every day, our mailbox is packed with slick cards intended to sway my husband and me to vote for this candidate or that one. And of course, only a few […]

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