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Senate back in session, Democrats lay out agenda

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As is the tradition, the first Senate session of the new year kicked off Tuesday with prospective bills being introduced by a clerk in a rapid, almost an auctioneer, style. “For our new senators who don’t understand what just happened there, that’s the initial introduction of a bill,” President […]

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Longtime state Sen. Larry Borst dies at 89

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime and influential former state senator Larry Borst has died at age 89, according to state leaders. “He was a voice of the Southside of Indianapolis, Greenwood and the entire State of Indiana in the Senate,” Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell said in a statement. Borst played a significant […]

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Significant turnover brings wave of new lawmakers

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Organization Day has arrived at the Statehouse and newly-elected lawmakers are settling into their new roles. “A lot of new faces. A lot of new energy. Diverse group from all parts of the state,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “We’re lucky to have a talented […]

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Seat open after state senator wins congressional race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, has resigned from his seat in the Indiana General Assembly after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Banks, who will represent the 3rd District, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday to allow his replacement to be selected before the start of the 2017 […]

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Negative campaign ads swamp Senate race

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh and current Republican Rep. Todd Young have only been running against each other since mid-July, but the race for the state’s open Senate seat took a negative turn quickly. “Congressman Todd Young hurts Hoosiers families,” says an ad paid for by the Evan Bayh […]

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Young outraises but Bayh has more cash available

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In the race for the state’s open Senate seat, Republican Todd Young raised more money than his opponent in the 3rd Quarter, but Democrat Evan Bayh has more cash on hand. Young has raised $3.36 million for his campaign in addition to raising $1 million for the Indiana Republican Party. His […]

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U.S. Senate candidates to debate on Oct. 18

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The candidates running for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat will meet in a debate on Oct. 18, according to the Indiana Debate Commission. The debate will be held at 7 p.m. and broadcast live from a WFYI TV studio. Democrat Evan Bayh, Libertarian Lucy Brenton and Republican Todd Young […]

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Paul Ryan to campaign with Todd Young

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Another top Republican will join U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young on the campaign trail. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will travel to Fort Wayne Friday for a fundraiser. Nearly 100 people are expected to attend. On Monday, former President George W. Bush spoke at Young’s fundraisers in Elkhart and […]

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Report: Senate race leans Democratic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The race for Indiana’s open Senate seat now leans Democratic, according to the University of Virginia’s Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the Center for Politics. The widely respected projection website moved the race out of the toss-up category Thursday. With Democrat Evan Bayh’s name recognition and reputation as a moderate, Sabato […]

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Young on Bayh race: “My message hasn’t changed”

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young said he will continue his campaign efforts as usual, despite a recent poll from Democratic-sponsored Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group* reporting a 21-point lead for Democrat Evan Bayh. Bayh declared his run against Young for the U.S. Senate seat last week, two days after Democrat Baron […]

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