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Puppies encourage Hoosiers to vote with ‘pawsitive’ campaigns

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers will vote for local, state and national officials Nov. 8, but starting now, you can vote for their favorite furry friend. The three pups, Hunter, Desiree and Truman, are being trained as service dogs and they’re also candidates in the Top Dog election. The election is a popularity […]

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Holcomb and Gregg ‘neck and neck’ in Monmouth poll

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Monmouth poll released Wednesday revealed that it’s anyone’s race when it comes to Hoosiers choosing their next governor. Republican nominee Eric Holcomb and Democratic contender John Gregg are separated by only a point, well within the poll’s 4.9 point margin for error. The Monmouth poll is the first non-partisan […]

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State releases primary voting numbers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Friday 38 percent of Indiana’s registered voters showed up at polling stations in the May 3 primary election. “When Hoosiers are excited about candidates, it drives turnout,” Lawson said in a statement. “When you compare the turnout numbers for this year and 2008, […]

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Indiana cities select mayors new and old

By Lizzie Farley TheStatehouseFile.com The 2015 Indiana mayoral races are officially over, with more than 100 cities selecting new mayors. In the race for Indianapolis, Democrat Joe Hogsett won with 62 percent of the vote. He ran against Republican Chuck Brewer, who finished with 38 percent of the vote. Hogsett will replace incumbent Republican Greg […]

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ACLU says law prohibiting pictures of election ballots is unconstitutional

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state concerning a new law that prohibits people from taking pictures of their election ballots and also prohibits the posting of those pictures to social media sites. The ACLU filed the suit Thursday and said the law violates the First Amendment. Senate […]

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Democrat John Dickerson to join race for Senate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Dickerson will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana. Dickerson will make the announcement Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Shapiro’s Delicatessen in downtown Indianapolis. Dickerson will be just the second Democrat vying for the seat. Baron Hill announced his […]

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U.S. Senate race on level playing field

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat could divide the GOP between its two most important constituencies – social conservatives and business-minded Republicans. But experts and political observers say whoever wins will be a strong candidate to take on the likely Democratic nominee, Baron Hill. “We have three […]

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Rally goers call for the end of gerrymandering

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday, members of the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting held a rally to call for the end of gerrymandering in the state. On the birthday of the grandfather of gerrymandering, Elbridge Gerry, the coalition spoke out against it. “If Hoosiers want good government, we’ve got to start with redistricting […]

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“Potential vehicle” named for RFRA clarification legislation

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Just hours after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked for supplementary legislation to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Senate leaders say they have a “potential vehicle” to create the additional bill. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Senate Bill 50 could eventually contain the legislation the […]