Elections & Politics

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Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita have thrown their names in to replace Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ballot.

With Pence withdrawing his name from the ballot for governor, the dominos began to fall.

First in line was Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb – he cites his experience in the state as the reason he should be the GOP’s new gubernatorial nominee. That includes working for former Governor Mitch Daniels.

 

Mike Pence is off the ballot for governor. A staffer Friday filed paperwork prior to the noon deadline to remove Pence from the ballot, which allows him to run for vice president with Donald Trump.

The official announcement of Pence as running mate was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, but Trump postponed in the wake of a terror attack in France. Trump announced on Twitter there would be a press conference on Saturday.

Purdue University

The following is a statement from Purdue University President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels regarding the 2016 election:

"Ordinarily, it’s neither necessary nor good practice to comment on hypothetical questions.  But this year and the current political situation in Indiana is extraordinary to say the least.  So I think it is appropriate that I make plain today that, should there be a sudden need to name a new nominee for governor, I will not present myself as a candidate nor would I accept the nomination if offered.

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Former Senator Evan Bayh will seek to regain his old job, making the official announcement Wednesday that he’s joining the race for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

Bayh, who abruptly dropped out of a reelection run in 2010, says he’s running because partisan bickering has ground Washington to a halt, the very same reason he gave for leaving the Senate six years ago.

Now, the former Democratic Senator says he can no longer sit on the sidelines.

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Governor Mike Pence got his chance Tuesday to sound vice presidential for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate’s decision on a running mate approaches.

The two met in Indianapolis earlier in the day, prior to a private fundraiser.

Pence was effusive in his praise for Trump at the Republican presidential hopeful’s rally in Westfield.

Pence declared to a crowd of more than a thousand that Trump “gets it” and hears the voice of Americans.

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Democrat Baron Hill turned the campaign for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat on its head Monday when he dropped out -- leaving a path for former Senator Evan Bayh to join the race.

Hill had been trailing Rep. Todd Young (R-9th) in both polls and fundraising. In withdrawing, the Democrat says his party needs a candidate with money and name recognition.

Evan Bayh isn’t confirming that he is that candidate, but political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says he’d have a big advantage.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he would offer manufacturing workers more support if elected governor.

Gregg met with Indiana steelworkers Tuesday to distinguish himself from Republican incumbent Mike Pence on what's become a common issue for state and national campaigns.

That's the decision by appliance-maker Carrier to move two Indiana factories and 1,400 jobs to Mexico has been a state and national campaign issue for months.

 

Gretchen Frazee, Barbara Brosher

Governor Mike Pence will meet with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this weekend as rumors swirl around Pence as a potential pick for Trump’s running mate.

With the Republican National Convention a few weeks away, the Trump campaign is in the vetting process for vice presidential candidates.

And Pence campaign spokesman Marc Lotter confirms the governor will, in Lotter’s words, “spend a little time” with Trump this weekend.

Lotter says the meeting is consistent with other meetings Pence has taken with party leaders.

Indiana Democrats on Saturday slated their candidates for the November 8 general election.

John Gregg and Christina Hale officially accepted their nominations for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. 

Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker, and Hale, a state representative, laid out their own proposals and backgrounds as they addressed more than two thousand delegates at the Democratic state convention in Indianapolis

But they talked more about what they call the failings of the Pence administration. 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Monday released a lengthy, detailed proposal he says will help spur Indiana’s economic growth.  And Gregg says it’s a plan that won’t require any new or increased taxes, relying instead on shifting existing resources.

The Gregg campaign’s 35-point plan includes proposals focused on building a skilled workforce, growing small businesses and streamlining economic development efforts. 

Gregg says those proposals, if put into action, would be judged by evaluating a series of key metrics.

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