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Candidates focus on veterans as election nears

By Adrianna Pitrelli and Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Indiana celebrated the dedication of the new Bicentennial Plaza Saturday, candidates from both parties took advantage of the extra traffic in downtown Indianapolis. Candidates for governor, John Gregg and Eric Holcomb, as well as those in the Senate race, Evan Bayh and Todd Young, appeared […]

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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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Democrats pressure GOP to stop backing Trump

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats are calling for Hoosier Republicans to withdraw their support from Donald Trump after the release of a vulgar recording. “Donald Trump’s recent reprehensible statements bragging about sexual assault are disgusting,” said Angela Demaree who is running as a Democrat in the 5th Congressional District. At news conference […]

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Trump on vulgar tape: I’m not proud of it.

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com ST. LOUIS — Five minutes is all it took before questions started rolling in at Sunday’s presidential debate about an 11-year-old audio recording featuring Donald Trump’s voice. The recording, leaked Friday evening, includes both Trump and former “Access Hollywood” host and new “Today” show co-host Billy Bush conversing before Trump’s cameo […]

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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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Republican delegation wants GI Bill benefits returned to ITT Tech students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Six of Indiana’s U.S. representatives filed legislation Tuesday to help veterans regain their GI Bill education benefits after the closure of ITT Technical Institute. Carmel-based ITT Tech shut down all of its campuses on Sept. 6, leaving more than 1,000 Hoosier students without degrees. While current federal law allows students […]

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George W. Bush to speak at Young fundraisers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former President George W. Bush will visit to Elkhart and Indianapolis Monday to speak at fundraisers for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young. “This is a rare opportunity that demonstrates the importance of this election,” said Jay Kenworthy, Young’s campaign spokesman. “It could decide who controls the Senate 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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Unusual election cycle opens campaign ad floodgates

Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Amid a tumultuous election cycle, campaign advertising started earlier and with a greater intensity than usual this year — and is only expected to become more negative. Traditionally, campaigns worked off this theory: voters wouldn’t tune into races until September, said Paul Helmke, professor of practice with the School of […]