Elections & Politics

Elections & Politics
3:01 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flurry Of Pols Considering Trying To Replace Coats In Senate

Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) is one of several people who have signaled interest in Dan Coats' seat.
Credit courtesy Christina Hale

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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Elections & Politics
1:34 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dan Coats Won't Seek Another Senate Term In 2016

Coats' current run in Congress was just a single term, winning the seat left vacant when Evan Bayh declined to run in 2010.
Credit U.S. Senate / http://www.coats.senate.gov/

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Tuesday announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

Coats had spoken in recent months about whether to run again, noting that how Congress functioned with Republican majorities would play a major role. 

In a video statement Tuesday, the Hoosier Senator said choosing not to run was not an easy decision. 

“While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders,” he says in the video.

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Elections & Politics
11:15 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill Would Ban Election Day Photos Of Ballots On Social Media

Credit Roland Tanglao / https://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/

A 99-page clarification of Indiana voting laws could attempt to make it illegal to share a photo of your ballot on Election Day via social media.

The Senate approved the bill last week.

Avon Republican Senator Pete Miller says the goal is to deter campaigns from trying to buy votes and asking voters to post a photo of their ballot as proof they kept their end of the bargain.

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Elections & Politics
6:30 am
Tue February 24, 2015

18 Months After Bowing Out, John Gregg Weighing Run For Governor

Gregg said in late 2013 he wouldn't run again, but he's leaving the door open to change his mind.
Credit Indiana Public Media / https://www.flickr.com/photos/wfiupublicradio/8409284742

After losing the 2012 governor’s race to Mike Pence by a closer-than-expected three percentage points, former House Speaker John Gregg may be ready to mount another such campaign next year.

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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.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / http://www.ipbs.org/

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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