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Analysis: Democrats have big legislative hole to climb out of

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So what’s the importance of a few more legislative seats when you already have a supermajority? The future. When Republicans added two more seats to their already huge majority in the House last Tuesday and three more to their huge majority in the Senate, they didn’t gain any real […]

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Democratic ticket off to Northern Indiana for events

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The three Democrats running for statewide offices will be on tour in the final weeks of the election, with initial stops in Northern Indiana. Secretary of state hopeful Beth White, auditor candidate Mike Claytor and treasurer hopeful Mike Boland will make their first stop Thursday in Highland for the Lake […]

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Analysis: 2012 wins give Democrats hope for this and future elections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Andre Carson looked across a sea of Democrats at the party’s state convention on Saturday and issued a challenge: Take back the Indiana Statehouse. Maybe not this year, he acknowledged to some cautious applause from the crowd. It might take a little time, what with the Republicans […]

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Photos & story: Democrats chide Republicans, call for voters to ‘balance’ state government

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats said at their state convention Saturday they want to balance the power of the Statehouse as the party of common sense. “The governor is shaking in his boots wondering what those Democrats are doing right now,” said Maggie Lewis, president of the city-county council in Indianapolis. “Yes, we […]

Analysis: Battles’ decision is bad news for Democrats

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Analysis: Battles’ decision is bad news for Democrats

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes announced last week that he won’t be seeking reelection and is actually resigning his seat now. The decision means the House minority caucus is losing one of its best and most accessible spokesmen. But it’s also a sign of what’s to come if […]

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2014 General Assembly: A graphic breakdown

Hover over legislative seats to get information about individual lawmakers. Information updated as of Jan. 7, 2014. Information as of Jan. 3, 2014 You may also like Video: Female lawmakers talk about their role in t… Republican budget spends more on schools, changes … Analysis: Number of women in Indiana legislature l… GOP plan would […]

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Democrat Beth White to run for Democratic nomination for SOS

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Marion County Clerk Beth White said Monday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for secretary of state in 2014. White, who is in her second term as clerk, said her role as chief election officer for the nation’s 13th largest city is experience that qualifies her to be […]

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Pence appoints Democrat Gordon Henry to state ed board

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named Democrat Gordon Hendry to serve on the State Board of Education, which is facing difficult decisions about curriculum standards and school grades. Hendry is first vice president of CB Richard Ellis group, where he serves as Midwest regional leader of the company’s public institutions […]

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Democrats for school reform release report card

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats for Education Reform in Indiana has released a report card that scores lawmakers based on their votes and other action on legislation backed by the group. The assessment gives each legislator a grade based on bills considered in the 2013 session, which ended in April. They included legislation […]

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State’s high court stays out of legislative fine dispute, doesn’t order refunds

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it was inappropriate to intervene in a legislative dispute about the collection of fines levied on Democrats after their walkouts in 2011 and 2012. The decision means the state auditor won’t have to repay Democrats for fines withheld from their expense checks. […]

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