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Holcomb releases list of some endorsements for Senate race

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Eric Holcomb released a list of some of his endorsements, including state legislators, mayors and political leaders. These leaders have been added to the increasing list of supporters around the state who are committed to Holcomb’s approach to solving the country’s challenges. “I’m honored to […]

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Hubbard, Kittle back Rep. Young to get in Senate race

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two Republican powerbrokers are ignoring their Mitch Daniels-era political connections to one Senate candidate and instead urging Rep. Todd Young to run for the open seat. Al Hubbard and Jim Kittle Jr. – both former chairs of the Indiana Republican Party – signed a joint letter that Young’s congressional […]

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Video & story: Stutzman running for Senate, says he’s the conservative in the race

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com ROANOKE, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman threw his hat into the ring Saturday for the U.S. Senate seat to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats. Stutzman made his announcement in the heart of Roanoke – a small […]

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Analysis: Coats’ decision makes 2016 election more fun

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republican Sen. Dan Coats announced this week that he won’t seek reelection, the 2016 campaign season in Indiana became much more interesting. Almost immediately, a number of current and former public officials acknowledged they were thinking about jumping into the race. And then one candidate – who has […]

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Coats: Time has come to pass ‘demanding’ job to someone else

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not seek reelection in 2016 – a move that sparked immediate interest among several top Republicans and Democrats and could start a chain reaction of political moves in Indiana. Coats said the decision not to run was difficult but he’s “concluded that the time […]

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Video & story: The e-liquid regulations bill moves on

E-liquids bill heads to Senate after four committee hearings from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Despite the requests of some who testified Wednesday, the Senate Public Policy Committee voted to move a bill to the Senate that would add more regulations to the e-liquid industry. The liquids, often referred to as “e-liquids,” […]

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Redistricting issue headed to a study committee

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers don’t seem ready to trust their redistricting work to an independent commission – but they appear poised to at least think about it. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers remake those maps every 10 years after the U.S. Census. […]

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Amanda Banks takes over Senate seat – for now

Indiana Sen. Amanda Banks sworn into office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Amanda Banks officially stepped into her husband’s Senate seat Tuesday, taking the oath from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush as her husband serves in Afghanistan. Jim Banks, who was reelected in November, will miss the 2015 session due […]

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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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