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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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Battles resigns from House, won’t seek reelection

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After eight years of service, Democratic Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes announced Friday that he will resign and won’t seek re-election in order to devote more of his time to his family. Battles and his wife Susan have two children and five grandsons. Battles said that being a representative is […]

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Analysis: A peek at Pence’s presidential resume

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is apparently thinking about a bid for president in 2016 – at least that’s what he told The Washington Post. Back home in Indiana, he’s steered clear of any such talk. No surprise. He’s been governor less than 17 months, so a move to go on the […]

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Incumbent lawmakers lose primary battles over marriage vote

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least two incumbent state legislators have lost their Republican primary bids and another was in a race too close to call at 10 p.m. Republican Reps. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse and Kathy Heuer of Huntington lost to challengers who were considered more conservative, according to results reported by The […]

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Turner opponent calls him ‘corrupt,’ calls for sanctions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrat running against Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero said Friday the Republican is “morally corrupt” and should be sanctioned for working behind closed doors to kill a bill that could have cost him and his family millions of dollars. Bob Ashley, who is running unopposed for the Democratic […]

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