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Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, says he is “profoundly skeptical” of the nuclear agreement announced Tuesday between Iran and a group of nations led by the U.S.

Sen. Coats, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says he will carefully review the details of the deal before rendering a final opinion.

He says the Iran agreement reminds him of a deal President Clinton made with North Korea, which ultimately resulted in that country obtaining nuclear weapons.

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Congressman Todd Young's (R-9th) announcement he‘ll run for the Senate creates a second open U.S. House race in Indiana next year. Senator Erin Houchin (R-Salem) says she‘s considering a bid for Young‘s seat. She was U.S. Senator Dan Coats‘ regional director before running for office herself last year, and was Ninth District Republican Party chair when Young wrested the seat away from Democrat Baron Hill.

Houchin says she doesn‘t have a timeline in mind for a decision, but says constituents have been encouraging her to make the race.

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Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) Sunday confirmed widespread speculation, joining what’s now a crowded Republican primary for U.S. Senator Dan Coats’ seat. 

There had been expectations circling for weeks that Young, a two-term congressman and former Marine, would join the race to replace Dan Coats.  Those expectations were boosted by recent fundraising numbers showing a one million dollar haul last quarter for the Bloomington attorney. 

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In 2005, Mitch Daniels brokered the Major Moves deal -- leasing the Indiana toll-road for $3.8 billion for 75 years.  He told a Senate committee looking for infrastructure improvement ideas Thursday the public-private partnership was a high point of his term.

"It was a great joy of public service to watch literally the dreams of decades, become real.  Project after project of people saying 'that’ll never happen' are in being in Indiana," Daniels said.

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Tens of thousands of Hoosiers can breathe a sigh of relief – the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled they’ll get to keep their federal health insurance subsidies.  

About 160, 000 Hoosiers receive tax subsidies through the federal health care exchange, reducing the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 a month.  The Supreme Court’s ruling ensures they’ll continue to receive those subsidies, something Covering Kids and Families of Indiana spokesperson Caitlin Priest says is a huge relief to the families her organization serves.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking a hard look at federal lending. Specifically, lawmakers are reviewing whether to change and update current accounting rules.

Joint Economic Committee Chairman and Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) says loans made or guaranteed by the federal government totaled $2.9 trillion through September of last year. That figure includes $1.1 trillion in student loans. Non-mortgage consumer debt totaled $3.3 trillion.

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There's still only one House member running to replace Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) next year -- at least for now.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) sent an e-mail Wednesday indicating he will not challenge former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) for the GOP nomination next year.

"While I am prepared to serve statewide again," the former Secretary of State writes, "If the question is ‘where can we do the most good for Indiana?’," Rokita feels the answer for him is still in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Baron Hill Enters Senate Race

Jun 3, 2015
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Former Congressman Baron Hill (D- 9th) has announced he’ll seek the seat of retiring Republican Senator Dan Coats. Hill is the first Democratic candidate to enter the race. 

Hill’s online statement says he hopes run a campaign focused on middle-income Hoosiers.

"I’m going to fight for the middle class people in the state, many of which have not caught up with the economic recovery. That’s going to be my focus and I’ll focus like a laser beam on it," Hill says.

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  Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) is publicly lambasting fellow Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) for forcing a temporary halt to provisions of the Patriot Act.

Paul used the Senate’s unanimous consent rule to block a temporary extension on provisions that expired at midnight Sunday. The provisions allowed for the wiretapping of a suspect over multiple phones and for wiretaps of suspects not connected to any terror group.

Free-for-all Could Ensue For Coats' Senate Seat

Jun 1, 2015
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The field for the seat of the retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) may not be complete yet. Former Coats and Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) are already seeking the Republican nomination. But Rep. Todd Young (R-9th) hasn‘t ruled it out, and says he‘s laying groundwork in case he decides to take the plunge.

"In due time we will make known my family’s decision, my own decision… It should be soon enough," Young says.

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Indiana Senator Dan Coats predicts the Senate will approve fast-track trade authority this week for a Pacific Rim trade deal, but says getting there may be a tough slog.  Several Democrats are defying President Obama to try to block fast-track, which would allow the administration to begin final negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and let the eventual deal come to the floor without amendments.

Senator Just Back From Afghanistan To Run For Congress

May 12, 2015
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State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced Tuesday he’s running for Congress. The seat is being vacated by Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd), who’s stepping down to run for the U.S. Senate.

Banks asked his supporters to help send him to Washington just three weeks after he returned home from an eight-month mission to Afghanistan.

The Navy Reserve officer was deployed last September. His wife Amanda took his place in the General Assembly for the 2015 session.

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Though he’s not declaring his candidacy yet, Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) says he is considering a run for the Senate seat set to be vacated by Dan Coats (R-IN) next year.

Rokita says it was his time on the senator’s staff that helped him decide to become a politician.

“I was an intern in his office at one point in time. I was a very young man – an unpaid intern. And so in many ways, Dan Coats gave me the bug for public service,” Rokita says.

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Eric Holcomb steered former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2008 reelection campaign, led the Indiana Republican Party and most recently served as State Chief of Staff to Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN).  But Thursday, Holcomb announced a personal first: a run for office:

“And that’s why today, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud, I’m excited to announced my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Holcomb says.

Despite never serving in elected office, he says he’s not worried about making the jump all the way to a Senate run:

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The feeding frenzy sure to follow the announcement of a U.S. Senate seat coming open in Indiana commenced in earnest Wednesday, with a bevy of current and former politicians saying they’re considering trying to replace Dan Coats (R-IN).

Rep. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), who toyed with running for Indy mayor before deciding against it, now says he thinks his platform may be better suited for an even higher office.

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