Elections & Politics

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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.

 

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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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Donald Trump has repeatedly said Hoosier native Judge Gonzalo Curiel wasn’t impartial when ruling on a case involving Trump because of Curiel’s Mexican heritage and Trump’s pledge to build a wall on America’s southern border. 

Governor Pence calls those comments “inappropriate” and says a judge’s partiality should never be questioned because of their ethnic background.

“But that being said, if I wanted to comment on everything that’s said in the presidential campaigns, I would have run for president," Pence says.  "I’m focused on the state of Indiana.”

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A week after he announced he was stepping down as head of the Montgomery County Republican Party, John Pickerill now says he’ll run for the Indiana House.

Pickerill says he'll seek the Libertarian nomination to run against House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown.

The party's state committee will decide those nominations in two weeks.

Pickerill unseated an incumbent chairman three years ago by a single vote.

Since then, he's been battling rivals within the party who he charges haven't followed a true conservative line.

Gregg To Announce Running Mate Before Dems' Convention

May 23, 2016
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg plans to announce his running mate next month, about a week before the party's state convention.

Gregg isn't saying how many potential lieutenant governors he's considering, but says he's looking for someone who shares his vision on the economy and education.

But he says the criteria are slightly different from his first run four years ago -- he says he's also looking for someone who can help win over the centrist Republicans he's betting are dissatisfied with Governor Mike Pence.

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