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Ritz raises far less than Gregg, Pence in governor’s race

By Max Bomber TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg raised more money than any other gubernatorial candidate the first half of the year, but incumbent Republican Mike Pence has far more cash on hand to start the campaign. Gregg raised nearly $1.8 million in the six-month reporting period, with Pence a close second with $1.6 […]

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Deadline means crush of campaign contribution requests

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The pleas for money are cluttering up voters’ inboxes. “We had to reach out just one more time before our fundraising deadline hits,” an email from Gov. Mike Pence’s reelection campaign begged on Tuesday. “Do you believe Hoosier families deserve a governor who shares our values?” an email from […]

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Analysis: Pence faces tough decision about how to campaign for 2016

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was no surprise on Thursday night when Republican Mike Pence announced he’d seek a second term as governor – but he did drop a bit of a bombshell about how he’ll do it. “I’m ready to take on those who would misrepresent our record and trash our good […]

Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

Media mogul Steve Forbes talks about whether Mike Pence should run for president By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should run for president because “he’s got the record and got the experience” to be a strong candidate in 2016, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday. “Why shouldn’t he look at […]

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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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