Elections & Politics

Elections & Politics
4:14 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Political Scientist: Oesterle-Pence Race Might Be Closer Than Many Think

Oesterle is planning to resign as the CEO of the consumer review company.
Credit WFIU Public Radio

If Angie‘s List CEO Bill Oesterle decides to challenge Governor Mike Pence in next year‘s primary election, one analyst says he will have his work cut out for him, regardless of the public‘s opinion of the religious freedom law.

Oesterle announced on Wednesday that he was resigning as CEO of Indianapolis-based Angie’s List to become, in his words, "more civically active" in the state.

But Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne says that doesn‘t mean Oesterle would necessarily beat Pence.

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Elections & Politics
3:44 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Pence Cancels NRA Convention Speech

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has also cancelled her appearance before the gun rights group.
Credit Indiana House GOP

Governor Pence has canceled a planned appearance at the National Rifle Association‘s convention. Pence was among a number of Republicans – many of whom have been rumored as 2016 presidential contenders -- who were scheduled to speak at the NRA‘s annual meetings and convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

But Pence communications director Christy Denault says the governor had to cancel so he could attend the funeral of a close friend that is scheduled for Friday, the same day as the NRA‘s Leadership Forum where Pence would have appeared.

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Elections & Politics
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Rokita: War Chest Allows Time To Think About Coats' Seat

Rokita, who's won five elections, has more than $1 million in his official campaign fund.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

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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Elections & Politics
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Holcomb Launches Senate Bid To Replace Coats In 2016

Holcomb and his wife Janet at the announcement Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / IPBS

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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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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