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Analysis: Pence faces tough decision about how to campaign for 2016

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was no surprise on Thursday night when Republican Mike Pence announced he’d seek a second term as governor – but he did drop a bit of a bombshell about how he’ll do it. “I’m ready to take on those who would misrepresent our record and trash our good […]

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Video & story: Pence says he’s ready for election fight, says faith must coexist with changing culture

pence seeks reelection 6-18-2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said in a speech to launch his reelection bid Thursday that Hoosiers won’t “tolerate discrimination against anyone.” But Pence said the state’s gay rights debate can’t be about “winners and losers.” “We should protect freedom,” Pence said. […]

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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 […]

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Ritz says she’s ‘best candidate to beat’ Pence

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent Glenda Ritz officially announced her campaign for governor Thursday, saying she’s “the best candidate to beat Mike Pence.” Ritz – who joined supporters at Ben Davis High School – also answered critics who claim she doesn’t have the background to become the state’s top elected official. The librarian-turned-state […]

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Ritz to make ‘special’ campaign announcement this week

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will make a “special” campaign announcement on Thursday – and is widely expected to say she’s running for governor. Ritz, a Democrat, is scheduled to tour the state and repeat the announcement through Friday. According to Ritz’s Facebook page, the […]

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Pelath won’t run for governor; says ‘free-for-all’ primary is bad for Democrats

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor even though the state is in need of a “new direction.” Pelath said Democrats can’t afford a “free-for-all primary” that divides the party and hampers its winner’s ability to defeat incumbent Republican Gov. Mike […]

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Northeast Indiana Republican says he might run for governor

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana businessman Bob Thomas is exploring a run for governor in 2016, a move that would pit him against incumbent Mike Pence in the Republican primary. For more than 30 years, Thomas has owned car dealerships in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Initially, Thomas was planning to run for Indiana’s […]

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Pence to seek reelection; official announcement to come June 18

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence plans to announce that he’ll run for reelection during the GOP’s spring dinner next month. Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell revealed the news to supporters Monday in an email about the dinner on June 18. Pence – once considered a possible presidential candidate – had said […]

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Video & story: Tallian makes it official: She’s running for governor

Sen. Karen Tallian seeks Democratic nomination in 2016 gubernatorial race from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, formally announced Tuesday that she will be running in Indiana’s 2016 gubernatorial race so she can be “progressive voice” for Hoosiers. “I don’t think Indiana is as conservative as this legislature […]

Analysis: Pence set Democrats up with good campaign fodder

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Analysis: Pence set Democrats up with good campaign fodder

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was just hours after the General Assembly adjourned for the year that one Democrat said he planned to run for governor and another said she was thinking about. No surprise. After all, Republican Gov. Mike Pence – who appears poised to seek a second term – gave his […]

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