Elections & Politics

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says Indiana must move from reform to results and laid out his vision for the state in a speech to the state Republican convention Saturday. 

The platform unveiled by Pence offered more aspirations than specifics, as is common early in a campaign.  The 6th District congressman lauded the accomplishments of the Daniels administration but says there is still work to be done.

A union leader is the Democrats pick to run for the state Senate in District Seven.

Brad Thompson serves as president of Tate and Lyle’s International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1070.

He also was president of the Federation of Grain Millers local union 702 at Cargill.

Now, the Delphi resident is looking to take on another role, state senator in the 7th District.

He says will use those experiences leading unions as a building block of his campaign.

Indiana Democratic Caucus

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg named Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate.

Simpson has served in the state Senate since 1984 after spending time as Monroe County Auditor.  The Bloomington-area native briefly ran for governor in 2004 and again flirted with running last year.  A pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage Democrat, Simpson differs on key issues with John Gregg, but that’s something she says strengthens them.

Indiana General Assembly

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence announced Monday that Sue Ellspermann will be his running mate in the fall.

Pence first unveiled his choice in the small DuBois County town of Ferdinand, Ellspermann’s home town.

Ellspermann has served a single term in the state House of Representatives. Prior to her election in 2010, she was the founding director of a research center at the University of Southern Indiana.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller officially launched his reelection campaign at the Statehouse Friday.

Greg Zoeller was first elected as the state Attorney General in 2008.  Zoeller previously worked as the chief deputy to his predecessor, Attorney General Steve Carter, making him the first AG elected after having previously served in the office.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg wants to eliminate the corporate income tax for Indiana businesses. He plans to make up the lost revenue by collecting taxes from online retailers.   

After 36 years serving Indiana in the U.S. Senate, Dick Lugar’s political career likely came to an end Tuesday as state Treasurer Richard Mourdock secured a decisive victory. 

The surprise was perhaps not so much that Mourdock defeated Lugar, but the margin by which he beat him.  Leading into Tuesday, the momentum appeared to be trending Mourdock’s way – an independent poll released just days before the election put Mourdock ten points ahead of the incumbent senator. But the final margin was nearly double that.

Democrat Tara Nelson will be the party’s nominee in the 4th Congressional District.

She won 58% of the vote over Lester Moore in Tuesday’s Primary.

Nelson thinks the General Election race against incumbent Republican Todd Rokita will be tough. However, she feels prepared to take her message to voters.

Negele defeats Young in IN House District 13

May 9, 2012

Attica Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Negele claimed the Republican nomination in Indiana House District 13 race.

She won 65% of the vote over opponent Dan Young.

Negele was the party’s nominee two-years ago in House District 42. She says that experience gave her more confidence going into this Primary Election.

"I knew what to expect and understood, to cover eight counties, the financial requirement. I was blessed to have strong financial supporters, which was critical to cover the district. I'm honored and overwhelmed by the endorsement from the voters."

Hockema defeats Payne in HD27 Primary

May 8, 2012

The November ballot is set in House District 27.

Greater Lafayette Republican voters chose a man who touts his law and business background as the reason he will represent the area well in Indianapolis.

To do so, Chuck Hockema is going to have to defeat a woman who has served in Indianapolis for 30 years.

The political novice defeated Jan Payne in Tuesday's Primary by receiving nearly 64-percent of the votes.

Hockema believes his law degree and work in the private sector give him valuable experience that he thinks is needed in Indianapolis.

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