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Bayh: I will not be a candidate for governor in 2016

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Evan Bayh made it official Friday – he won’t be running for governor in 2016. Last month, Bayh, a former Indiana governor and U.S. senator, said  a 2016 run was “highly unlikely.” Friday morning, Bayh removed the last bit of doubt by releasing a statement saying he would not run: […]

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Money pours into state elections across US as stakes rise

By Jeffrey Stinson Stateline.org Money is pouring into statehouse elections this year at a potentially record-breaking rate, as the stakes for political control in the 50 capitals continue to rise. Campaign contributions for state races this election cycle likely will surpass a record $2.1 billion collected by candidates, legislative caucuses and state political committees in […]

Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

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Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Politicians and pundits have a name for the races going on this year. They call them “off-year” elections. That’s because the big executive branch offices – president of the United States and, here in Indiana, governor – won’t be on the ballot Nov. 4. Less money gets spent on […]

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Secretary of state, county officials cleans up voter rolls

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials have identified more than 700,000 voter records in Indiana that either need to be updated or made inactive because they are no longer valid. Secretary of State Connie Lawson said the voter list refresh project – which has included mailing more than 5 million postcards to Hoosiers – […]

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Indiana Libertarians nab four national party offices

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four members of the Indiana Libertarian Party have been chosen to serve in national party offices. The Libertarian Party is a third party in Indiana that does not hold any statewide or legislative seats in Indiana but generally fields candidates in several of the key state races. At a […]

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Story & photos: Republicans pick Kelly Mitchell to run for state treasurer

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In convention voting that lasted all afternoon, Republicans picked Kelly Mitchell to be their nominee for treasurer over two better-known candidates who had campaigned longer for the position. Mitchell, who works in the treasurer’s office now, won on the third ballot, nabbing votes from Don Bates of Richmond, whose […]

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Indiana GOP declares traditional marriage the ‘foundation of society’

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Delegates at the State Republican Convention approved a party platform Saturday that calls families based on marriage between a man and woman the “foundation of society.” Opponents of the marriage language offered an amendment to strip it from the platform and replace it with a plank that called strong […]

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Voter turnout: 13 percent in last month’s primary

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – About 13 percent of registered voters went to the polls in the primary election last fall, according to data released Monday by Secretary of State Connie Lawson. That is roughly 617,156 of the 4.5 million registered Indiana voters. Of those, 16 percent voters cast a ballot early. Lawson said […]

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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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