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Treasurer’s race pits office veteran against former Illinois lawmaker

By Andi TenBarge The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial state Treasurer Richard Murdock stepped down from his post in August leaving the office up for grabs in November when voters will decide between candidates who have experience inside and outside the treasure’s doors. Republican Kelly Mitchell is a former county commissioner who worked in the state […]

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Analysis: Mourdock decision is disappointing

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock twice asked voters to send him to the capitol to watch over the state’s investment portfolio. In the end, though, Mourdock was more interested in his own. The Republican resigned his office on Friday – four months before his second term was to expire. He […]

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Mourdock steps down with just months left in term as treasurer

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock – a controversial political figure who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate after divisive remarks about rape and pregnancy –stepped down from his post Friday with about four months to go in the term. The conservative Republican said in a statement he is leaving […]

Commentary: A tale of two GOPs

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Commentary: A tale of two GOPs

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org A couple weeks ago I spent time hanging out with Indiana Democrats in Indianapolis as they nominated their candidates for statewide office for the 2014 election. This past week it was the Republicans’ turn in Fort Wayne. Now I know some of you are expecting me to write nothing but flowery […]

Commentary: Richard Mourdock sings ‘don’t know much about history’

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Commentary: Richard Mourdock sings ‘don’t know much about history’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – That whizzing sound you heard came from the bullet Indiana dodged when Hoosiers decided not to put Richard Mourdock in the U.S. Senate two years ago. At the Indiana State Republican Convention in Fort Wayne, Mourdock went out of his way to demonstrate that his grasp of history is […]

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Analysis: History lesson is pure Mourdock

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock – the Republican who fell into trouble two years ago with comments about rape and pregnancy – stepped back into a bit of controversy on Saturday with a speech that compared the direction of the U.S. to Nazi Germany. But just like he did in […]

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Commentary: Richard Mourdock’s rapid rise and fast fall

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Richard Mourdock right now. A year ago at this time, Mourdock was a rising star in the Republican Party and the national political firmament. He’d earned national notice as Indiana’s state treasurer – not the easiest thing to do – and […]

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Analysis: Pence can all but knock Mourdock out of 2014 election

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I’m not sure what led Eric Holcomb to resign his post as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party just a few months after winning a new term, but the result is a big win for Gov. Mike Pence and probably the party. Not only did Pence get to handpick […]

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Commentary: Strife in GOP party over tax cut plan

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – We are about to see another episode of “Family Feud” in the Indiana political theater. Just days after the Indiana General Assembly came back for the second part of its 2013 legislative session – the part where the hard work gets done – the conservative advocacy group Americans for […]

Analysis:  A crowded news year’s top stories

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Analysis: A crowded news year’s top stories

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t easy to pick out the Top 10 government and political stories in a year so packed with interesting issues and campaigns. And it was even tougher to rank the stories I settled on. Of course, you’re likely to quibble with my choices and already I’ve seen other […]

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