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Messer kicks off campaign with blues skies and barbecue

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com MORRISTOWN, Ind. — Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer launched his U.S. Senate campaign Saturday with a little bit of politics and a whole lot of barbecue. “Some say this doesn’t exist anymore — hundreds of Hoosier families standing shoulder to shoulder, waving flags, having a barbecue, people from all generations coming […]

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Former Pence adviser to run for Rokita’s empty seat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Army veteran and former Senior Advisor to former Gov. Mike Pence, Diego Morales, will run for the Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita. Morales announced his campaign the day after Rokita entered the race for Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s hotly contested U.S. Senate seat. Morales was […]

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Democrat to challenge Bucshon in 8th District race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney William Tanoos announced his candidacy for Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. If he wins the Democratic primary, he will run against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Larry Bucshon. Bucshon is in his fourth term serving the southwest and central west areas of Indiana including Evansville and Terre Haute. Tanoos, who works in […]

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Long endorses Messer in 2018 Senate race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate President Pro Tem David Long endorsed U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s run for Indiana’s 2018 Senate seat. Long picked Messer the day after U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita officially announced his campaign. In a statement, Long said he has known Messer for many years and was impressed by the work that […]

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Rokita enters 2018 Senate race to ‘defeat the elite’

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Chants of “Joe must go” filled the air on the Statehouse lawn Wednesday morning when U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita announced his bid for Sen. Joe Donnelly’s hotly contested U.S. Senate seat. “Indiana needs a conservative senator who has our values,” Rokita said. “Indiana needs a senator who votes on […]

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Hoosier author explores presidential campaign cycles in Indiana

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many probably don’t remember the presidential campaigns of southern segregationist, George Wallace. Fewer will remember that he drew numerous votes and support in his campaigns through Indiana in 1964, 1968 and 1972. “Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama” by Andrew Stoner delves into the influences […]

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Record voter turnout in 2016

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Of Indiana’s 4.8 million registered voters, 58 percent cast a ballot in the November general election. According to a report from the Secretary of State’s office, that makes 2016 a record setting year with 2,807,676 Hoosiers casting a ballot, more than in 2008 and 2012. The report, however, said this […]

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Former Daniels chief to serve same role for Holcomb

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb added Earl Goode to his future administration Monday. Goode, who is currently the co-chair of Holcomb’s transition team, will serve as his chief of staff come Jan. 9. Goode served as Mitch Daniels’ chief of staff for over six years. He was also president for several GTE Telephone […]

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Statehouse 101: New lawmakers learn the basics at orientation

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With a little over a month before the General Assembly is in session, the freshmen are in town for orientation. “There’s a tremendous amount of information today and tomorrow that we’re receiving,” said Ryan Hatfield, a Democrat who will represent Evansville in 2017. The two-day new legislator orientation Tuesday […]

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Pence to remain governor as he transitions to VP

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vice president-elect Mike Pence said he will not resign as governor of Indiana as he takes on additional roles within the new presidential administration. Pence is working with Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb to create a smooth transition of power. He joined Holcomb Monday at the Statehouse for a cabinet meeting […]

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