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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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After Republican sweep, both parties prepare for work

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One day after the Trump train roared through Indiana, both Republicans and Democrats in Indiana are assessing the impact. “What an unexpected night,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. In the national spotlight, Gov. Mike Pence became the country’s vice president-elect. In the statewide election, Republicans swept by winning […]

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Seat open after state senator wins congressional race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, has resigned from his seat in the Indiana General Assembly after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Banks, who will represent the 3rd District, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday to allow his replacement to be selected before the start of the 2017 […]

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Indiana GOP sweeps statewide offices

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Following a topsy turvy election cycle up and down the ballot, Indiana Republicans managed sweep victories in all statewide elected offices. Governor’s Race Republican Gov.-Elect, Eric Holcomb defeated Democrat John Gregg Tuesday evening carrying 51 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Holcomb’s victory follows Gov. […]

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Ritz out and McCormick in as schools chief

By Sarah Ramon and Annie Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As part of the Republican party sweep of statewide offices in Indiana, Democrat Glenda Ritz lost her job as state superintendent of schools to newcomer Republican Jennifer McCormick. “From the very beginning I have made it clear we will always, always put students before politics,” said […]

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From underdog to victor: Young headed to Congress

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — When Democrat Evan Bayh replaced Baron Hill on the ticket for U.S. Senate in July, Republican Todd Young was not expected to give an acceptance speech on election night. But Young, won the seat vacated by Republican Sen. Dan Coat’s with a 10 percent lead over his Democratic counterpart […]

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