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As Gov. Mike Pence announced his re-election bid Thursday, the governor struck back at his critics while acknowledging some blame for the religious freedom bill controversy — and Pence says he’s ready for a fight.

The last few months of Mike Pence’s term have been marked by controversy and criticism, from the proposed state-run news service to his handling of the religious freedom bill.

And state Democratic Party Chair John Zody says Pence’s actions have left the Hoosier middle class angry.

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When the state’s Stellar Communities program started four years ago, it was with an eye to injecting money into communities looking for an economic lift.

But in economics, as in politics, there are differing views on how money is best targeted for a municipality’s needs. This year, in the first election cycle since the program started, several mayors of cities with Stellar grants are leaving office.

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The next Democratic presidential nominee could be the oldest in the party’s history. Democrats have only nominated one non-incumbent over 60 since 1880, but frontrunner Hillary Clinton turns 68 this year  and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) turns 74 in September. 

Both candidates would set the record for the party’s oldest nominee, and Sanders would be the oldest first-term nominee in U.S. history.

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Education is expected to be a major part of the governor’s race in 2016 with State Superintendent Glenda Ritz entering the race.

But Ritz says she plans to address a wide range of issues -- not just those relating to schools and education policy.

StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello explains how Ritz’s role as an educator will likely play into the race as her campaign gets off the ground.

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Three weeks after the Senate fought its way to approval of fast-track trade authority, the bill is in an even tougher battle in the House.

The House could vote as early as this week on the bill allowing the White House to send the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress for an up-or-down vote, without amendments. The deal has scrambled Washington‘s usual divisions, with most Republicans backing President Obama, and Democrats leading the effort to defeat the bill.