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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw maps for legislative districts. That’s particularly timely in Indiana, where lawmakers are about to study whether to move the redistricting process to such a commission. It’s a move advocated by good-government type […]

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Deadline means crush of campaign contribution requests

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The pleas for money are cluttering up voters’ inboxes. “We had to reach out just one more time before our fundraising deadline hits,” an email from Gov. Mike Pence’s reelection campaign begged on Tuesday. “Do you believe Hoosier families deserve a governor who shares our values?” an email from […]

Analysis: Republicans need more than promises of repeal to lure voters

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Analysis: Republicans need more than promises of repeal to lure voters

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans in Indiana and across the nation have a big choice to make: Continue their call to repeal the Affordable Care Act or find a way to work with and improve the existing law. And their decision will impact key races in 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court last week […]

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Poll shows Pence vulnerable on education, gay rights issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana voters favor ousting Gov. Mike Pence from office in the 2016 election, primarily over his handling of education and gay rights issues, according to a new poll first obtained by TheStatehouseFile.com. Poll: Voters ready for new governor | Create infographics A majority of voters also say they want to add […]

Hill makes it official: He’s running for Senate

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Hill makes it official: He’s running for Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, a Democrat, made his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat official Wednesday – the same seat that his former opponent Republican Dan Coats is leaving vacant.   Hill and Coats vied for the seat in the 1990 election, but Coats – who had been […]

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Redistricting study committee passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will establish a study committee to consider how to handle redistricting and evaluate the benefits and problems with changing the state’s mapping methods passed the Senate on Wednesday. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers redraw those lines […]

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Analysis: Coats’ decision makes 2016 election more fun

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republican Sen. Dan Coats announced this week that he won’t seek reelection, the 2016 campaign season in Indiana became much more interesting. Almost immediately, a number of current and former public officials acknowledged they were thinking about jumping into the race. And then one candidate – who has […]

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Former Sen. Landske remembered as ‘true public servant’

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former state Sen. Sue Landske, 77, has died following a battle with cancer. The Republican from Cedar Lake chose not to seek reelection last year, saying at the time that she had to do what was “best for my health and best for the Hoosiers that I serve in Northwest […]

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Analysis: Number of women in Indiana legislature lags much of nation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One in five lawmakers at the Indiana General Assembly are women, even though just more than half of Hoosiers are female. It’s a number that ranks the state only 35th in the nation in the proportion of women in the legislature. But does that matter? Yes, says Rep. Christina […]

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Video & story: Students worry bill could impact voting in their college towns

IU student voices concerns about Indiana election legislation By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator has agreed to rethink legislation that critics say could make it harder for college students to vote in the communities in which they attend school. Students from Indiana, Southern Indiana and Ball State universities came to the Statehouse […]

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