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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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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Republicans add to supermajorities in Indiana House and Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener and Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans maintained their supermajorities in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday, assuring they can continue to their priorities essentially at will. The results of a few races remained up in the air late Tuesday but President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, predicted […]

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Turnout likely low for Tuesday’s election

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com Midterm elections typically have lower voter turnouts and Tuesday isn’t likely to break the trend. In fact, University of Evansville political science professor Robert Dion said the numbers could be even smaller than in the past because there are few prominent races on the ballot in Indiana. “Typical things that drive […]

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Republicans out-raise Democrats in statewide campaigns

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican candidates have raised more money than their Democratic opponents in races for statewide office this year. The only contest even close when it comes to fundraising is the race to win the secretary of state’s office, according to filings with the Indiana Election Division. Incumbent Connie Lawson, a […]

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Democrats, Republicans plan weekend campaign tours

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican and Democratic candidates running for statewide and congressional offices will be traveling the state this weekend looking for votes in advance of Tuesday’s election. Republicans will visit eight cities on Saturday and Monday as part of the GOP Road to Victory bus tour. Democrats meanwhile will campaign in […]

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4 reasons millennial voters are interesting – and matter

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Turns out, the 26 percent of 18-29 year olds who plan to vote in next week’s midterms and the presidential election in 2016 do have opinions – contrary to commonly held beliefs. In fact, their political views are so important, they are considered by the institute’s director, Maggie Williams, […]

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For US House freshmen, definition of success rarely includes legislation

By Ayana Stewart SHFWire WASHINGTON – Voters who live in an area represented by a first-time U.S. representative shouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens to bills from their congressional district. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, recalls orientation during his first days in Washington and being told that passing legislation as a freshman is “just not going to […]

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Secretary of state candidates battle over voting issues

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Beth White is banking that Hoosiers are ready for a change as she fights to unseat Republican Connie Lawson from the secretary of state’s office. But White – who currently serves as the Marion County clerk – is facing an uphill battle. No Democrat has held the job […]

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