Elections & Politics

Elections & Politics
9:55 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Earlier Indiana Primary Could Help Possible Pence Presidential Bid

Governor Mike Pence speaks to the legislature on the first day of the 2015 legislative session.
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Indiana's May primary comes so late that the state almost never plays a role in choosing the presidential nominees. The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton contest of 2008 was the first in 24 years to reach Indiana. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says Obama's primary campaign not only brought attention to the state, but helped Obama win the state that November.

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Elections & Politics
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Party Chairs Agree With Push To Reform Indiana's Voting Process

While they were on campus, Dean and Steele had some ideas for how to get people interested again in voting.
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A group led by Common Cause Indiana announced this week it'll push state lawmakers to adopt a non-partisan redistricting process and end the gerrymandering of the state’s political boundaries.

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Elections & Politics
11:15 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Still No GOP Candidate For Indianapolis Mayor

State Senator Jim Merritt has decided not to seek the GOP nomination for mayor of Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Republicans are still without a candidate willing to throw a hat in the ring for next year’s mayoral election.

Republican State Senator Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says he will not seek the mayor’s office in 20-15. In a statement Merritt says he is humbled by the support for a potential candidacy, but that quote—“my responsibilities as state senator and majority caucus chairman are my top priorities”—unquote.

He goes on to say that he would be unable to fully commit to a campaign for the first four months of 20-15, due to his Statehouse responsibilities.

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Elections & Politics
4:09 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Caucus This Evening To Fill Zionsville Rep's House Seat

Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville) stepped down to take a job within the Pence administration.
Credit Indiana House Republicans

Six candidates compete in a Republican caucus in Zionsville tonight to fill an open Indiana House seat.

Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville) resigned immediately after his reelection to become Governor Pence‘s workforce development commissioner. The district is evenly divided between Zionsville and Carmel, and so are the six candidates.

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Elections & Politics
1:23 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

General Assembly Preparing To Fill Three Vacancies Before Session Starts

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The Indiana General Assembly has three vacancies to fill this month before it returns to work January 6th. Republican precinct leaders in northeast Indiana meet Thursday in Huntington, and are expected to name Columbia City Senator Jim Banks‘ wife Amanda to fill in for him while he‘s on active duty with the Navy.

Republicans must also replace Representatives Steve Braun of Zionsville and Eric Turner of Cicero.

State Chairman Tim Berry says three candidates have already filed for Braun’s seat, and at least four more are considering it.

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