Elections & Politics

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Donald Trump would be the first presidential nominee with no political or military experience since the last Hoosier nominee.

Elwood native Wendell Willkie was a utility executive who'd gained national prominence through his clashes with President Franklin Roosevelt over the Tennessee Valley Authority.

At the 1940 Republican convention, spectators roared their support for Willkie, and a grassroots campaign of thousands of "Win With Willkie" telegrams vaulted Willkie into the lead on the fourth ballot. He clinched the nomination two ballots later.

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The chairman of one of the most powerful committees at the statehouse won't run for a sixth term next year.

House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) says Republicans have talked to him about other offices, and doesn't rule it out in the future. But he says it's time to step aside for now after 10 years, especially since his son will be a senior in high school next year.

Former Indiana Judge Seeks Attorney General Bid

Aug 19, 2015
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A former judge from Northwest Indiana is seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general. 

Judge Lorenzo Arredondo was a Lake County circuit court judge for more than three decades. He was also the first Latino judge elected in the state of Indiana and the longest serving elected Latino state trial judge in the U.S. when he retired in 2010.

Arrendondo hasn’t made an official campaign announcement but has filed the paperwork to form a campaign committee.

Karen Tallian Out Of Governor's Race

Aug 18, 2015
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A second Democratic candidate is leaving the 2016 Indiana governor’s race.  In a statement released Monday, State Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) says she is withdrawing and now supports John Gregg. Gregg was the 2012 Democratic gubernatorial nominee and is the only announced candidate left in the race.

In an interview with Indiana Public Broadcasting earlier this year, Tallian said because her senate seat wasn’t up for election in 2016, she could make a run for governor with “nothing to lose.” 

John Dickerson campaign

Indiana’s U.S. Senate race to replace Dan Coats will feature two contested primaries next spring after a longtime advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities announced Saturday he will join the Democratic primary.

John Dickerson says he was first urged to run months ago by longtime friend and former Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis, before Dan Coats had even decided to retire. 

Hammond Mayor Considering Challenging John Gregg

Aug 11, 2015
City of Hammond

One potential candidate for governor needs to get through this year's elections first.

Thomas McDermott, Jr. hasn't been mentioned much in gubernatorial discussions since announcing he'd run for a fourth term as mayor of Hammond. But he never ruled out back-to-back races, and says he's still pondering what his next political step should be.

McDermott had said he wouldn't run if one of the candidates already running took firm control of the race.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz Friday announced she is dropping out of the race for governor just a couple months after kicking off her campaign. 

Ritz’s gubernatorial campaign has been beset by problems since its start only two months ago, from an apparent lack of campaign staff to poor fundraising totals, and then questions about the legality of some campaign contributions. 

Former Bayh Advisor Sugar Considering Gubernatorial Bid

Aug 5, 2015
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A longtime adviser to former Governor Evan Bayh says he'll decide in a month or so whether to run for governor himself.

Former Bayh chief of staff Tom Sugar founded the nonprofit Lead or Leave to push for redistricting reform in Indiana.

He says several Democrats urged him to run as he traveled the state to promote that issue. Sugar says election reform will be the centerpiece of his campaign if he decides to run.

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In politics, as in life, there are good days and bad ones.

As of late, nobody knows this better than gubernatorial candidate and current State Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Following allegations last week that Ritz’s campaign may have violated some election finance laws, the candidate and her team are now in clean up mode – but progress has been slow.

To make matters more complicated, Ritz lags far behind her opponents in campaign funding.

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Indianapolis officials predict some of the country’s most notable politicians will likely make stops in the city next June as it hosts the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Visit Indy and Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday that the Circle City had won the rights to the conference. Ballard says the conference is often a popular stop on the presidential campaign trail.

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Only one sitting Indiana governor has lost a reelection bid since the state amended its constitution in 1972 allowing governors to serve consecutive terms. Some believe Governor Mike Pence could be the second.

One of those people is Kevin Warren, an Indianapolis realtor. He said he had never considered himself politically active, but that changed after Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this spring.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace Ninth District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says as Attorney General he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

Indiana Farm Bureau

About a month after he announced his plans to retire as President of the Indiana Farm Bureau, it seems Don Villwock may not be out of agriculture politics just yet.

Villwock, who’s led the Indiana chapter for 14 years, says he’d planned to return to his family farm in Knox County, but was encouraged by a number of southern Farm Bureau leaders to try to succeed Bob Stallman as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Villwock will run against the presidents of the Oregon, Arizona and Georgia Farm Bureaus and says he thinks it’s a win-win proposition.

Indiana Senate Republicans

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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