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Ukraine native to serve as newest senator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — When Victoria Spartz took the stage at a caucus to determine who would fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, her accent was strong, but her passion for American politics was stronger. “I’ll tell you a story about my accent,” Spartz, a Ukraine native, said to start her introduction to […]

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Cardwell resigns, Holcomb recommends next party chairman

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell resigning, Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has recommended Kyle Hupfer to replace him. Cardwell will step down on Jan. 21, following the presidential inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. “Under his leadership, Indiana Republicans made historic gains at every level of […]

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A look back at the Republican National Convention

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS  — The 2016 Republican National Convention is one that will go down in history—especially for the Hoosier state. After Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, named Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, some Indiana delegates were even more excited for the week. “I’m pinching myself to make sure this is […]

Commentary: My father’s Republican Party

Commentary: My father’s Republican Party

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Although I can be best described as an independent conservative, my 80-year old father is a Republican. He voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Bush, and Romney. And with the exception of Barack Obama in 2008, I don’t think he’s ever voted for a Democrat if he could help it. And […]

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Will traditional marriage remain a part of the state GOP platform?

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. — A new push in the state Republican Party would drop traditional marriage from the state party platform. The current platform says, “We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society.” But when the Indiana Republican Party Platform Committee met at […]

Commentary: The Republican family feud

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Commentary: The Republican family feud

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Now that the smoke has begun to clear from the fight over the attempt to add a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a few things have become evident. The most obvious is that any further consideration by the Indiana General Assembly probably won’t come until after the U.S. Supreme […]

Commentary: Party of No’s forgotten legacy of yes

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Commentary: Party of No’s forgotten legacy of yes

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Back in the day, a Republican president pleased tree-huggers, poor folks and the elderly by helping give us food stamps and the Environmental Protection Agency and by advocating national health insurance. Back in the day, a Republican Indiana governor pleased the teachers’ union by building school reform not on […]

Commentary: GOP needs to crunch different numbers

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Commentary: GOP needs to crunch different numbers

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com  A few days ago, the Republican National Committee released its 100-page “Growth and Opportunity” Report, dissecting what went wrong in 2012 and outlining changes the party must undertake to be successful in future elections. The report suggests Republicans need to shed their image as a party of old white straight men, […]