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Commentary: The Ellspermann paradigm

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org When Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence named State Representative Sue Ellspermann as his running mate, my Democratic friends decided to make political hay of the fact that she voted in the 2008 Democratic primary when Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama were duking it out to be their party’s nominee. One prominent […]

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Commentary: Gregg goes after Pence on the wrong issues

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrats’ candidate for governor, John Gregg, began the summer season by unloading a blast on the record his Republican opponent, Mike Pence, has assembled on social issues, particularly those relating to women. Gregg called a press conference and issued a media release on something he called […]

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Analysis: Running mates mean more to political junkies than voters

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mike Pence is set to announce his running mate Monday – a pick that must be approved by delegates at the Indiana Republican State Convention in June – and the speculation has observers buzzing. But while political junkies savor such moments, it’s not clear […]

Commentary: The political middle matters

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Commentary: The political middle matters

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.Org I’ve always maintained that political purists who don’t like RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) or DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) may want to try winning a competitive election without them – because it’s not going to happen. I bring this up because the table has now been set for the 2012 […]

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Gregg says plan to abolish gasoline sales tax is ‘all about’ jobs

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Former House Speaker John Gregg, a Democrat, is promising Hoosiers he will eliminate the sales tax on gas purchases if he beats Republican Rep. Mike Pence in the race for governor. The plan, part of what he’s calling Hoosier Handshake, would cost the state – and therefore […]

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Pence outraises Gregg, has more cash on hand in governor’s race

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence has raised three times as much money as his Democratic opponent in the 2012 governor’s race, former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, according to new campaign finance reports. Over the first three months of 2012, Pence raised $1.8 million. He closed the […]

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Pence launches jobs tour to listen to ideas

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mike Pence launched what he’s calling a jobs tour Thursday, although the trip is more about listening to what employers and public officials say about economic development than it is about offering new proposals. Republican Mike Pence on Indiana’s tax code from The Statehouse […]

Commentary: Soundbites reveal much about gubernatorial campaigns

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Commentary: Soundbites reveal much about gubernatorial campaigns

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence did the duel of photo ops and sound bites last week as they formally filed to run for governor this year. Pence – flanked by 92 volunteers, one from each of Indiana’s 92 counties – came to the Indiana secretary […]

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Pence outraises Gregg significantly in governor’s race

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Campaign finance figures released Wednesday showed that Republican Mike Pence raised nearly three times as much money in 2011 as his likely opponent, Democrat John Gregg. Pence raised slightly more than $5 million between May 5, 2011 – when he announced his campaign – and the end […]

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John Gregg to start campaign tour Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS — Democrat John Gregg will launch what he’s calling the official kickoff of his 2012 campaign for governor with an event Saturday in his hometown of Sandborn. Gregg, a former speaker of the Indiana House, confirmed in August that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor. But his announcement said that this weekend’s […]

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