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Voter registration deadline is Monday

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Monday is the last day for Hoosiers to register to vote in the primary election on May 6. Voters can register at county clerks’ offices – typically at local courthouses or government buildings – or at license branches. Hoosiers can also register by mail with a postmark of no later […]

Video & Story: Senate keeps HJR 3 off ballot until at least 2016

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Video & Story: Senate keeps HJR 3 off ballot until at least 2016

HJR-3 Senate Second Reading from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers won’t be seeing the same-sex marriage amendment on this year’s ballot. After the Indiana House of Representatives voted to eliminate the controversial second sentence last month, it was up to the Senate to decide whether to re-add the sentence or […]

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House sends redistricting bill to Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill Tuesday that assigns a bipartisan commission the job of redrawing legislative and congressional districts after each decennial Census. House Bill 1032 is now headed to the Senate. The commission would be made up of four members, each appointed by a leader of a legislative […]

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Chris Christie’s bridge over troubled waters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Christie is in trouble. It’s probably not legal trouble that will most bedevil the New Jersey governor – a Republican who ran to a landslide victory in a Democratic state just a few months ago – in the scandal surrounding his administration’s efforts to disrupt traffic to settle […]

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House to take up bill to create redistricting commission

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House is set to take up legislation that would give a bipartisan commission the duty of drawing maps for the House, Senate and congressional districts – but it’s likely to undergo changes. House Bill 1032 – authored by Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel – would still give the […]

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Commentary: Abdul’s legislative wish list for 2014

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  As a political junkie, especially when it comes to state and local politics, there is nothing more fun than being under the Capitol dome as Indiana lawmakers gather to deal with the big issues of the day. Yes, they do occasionally get bogged down in things I wish they wouldn’t, but […]

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Inspector general says Bennett did political work on state computer

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state inspector general has filed a complaint with the Indiana Ethics Commission accusing former Superintendent Tony Bennett of breaking state rules by using government resources for political purposes. The commission has set a public hearing for Jan. 9 to consider the charges. The complaint says Bennett – a […]

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Commentary: Christie’s approach earns votes on Election Day

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Chris Christie’s landslide re-election victory Tuesday in New Jersey should tell both Democrats and Republicans a few things. Christie, a Republican, trounced his Democratic opponent with 60 percent of the vote in a generally blue state. Just last year, for example, President Obama, a Democrat, won New Jersey […]

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Don Bates to run for state treasurer in GOP primary

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Don Bates announced Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination in the 2014 race for state treasurer. Bates, a financial advisor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010, said his 17 years of private sector work in money matters mean he’s a good […]

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Former Indiana Supreme Court chief justice condemns big money in judicial elections

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard argued Tuesday about the importance of keeping campaign money and strategies out of judicial elections. The Evansville native stepped down from the bench last year after 25 years as chief justice, but he has been busy in his retirement. Shepard became […]

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