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Governor Pence says he‘s bracing for a fight in next year‘s reelection campaign -- and that means a U-turn away from a longstanding pledge to avoid going negative.

Pence publicly renounced negative campaigning in 1991, after coming under fire for the harsh tone of a losing congressional campaign the year before.

When he returned to politics in 2000 with a successful bid for Congress, he vowed to stick to a positive campaign, regardless of what his opponents did.

He’s done so since, including in his first campaign for governor.

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Indiana’s private sector achieved a significant decrease in the unemployment rate for the second month in a row in May while creating nearly 10,000 jobs.

Indiana had its largest decrease in the unemployment rate in more than 20 years in April, falling from 5.8 to 5.4 percent.

The rate dropped again in May, this time to 5.1 percent, the lowest level since March of 2008.

The number of people employed or actively looking for work increased by nearly 1,400 after four consecutive months in decline.

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Greater Lafayette-area bicyclists are calling on local officials to make the roads safer for them.

The issue of bikes and cars sharing the road has been at the forefront recently with the city of Lafayette’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan nearing completion, and officials in West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County looking into establishing similar documents.

But a recent accident has caused cyclists to ask for quicker action to improve conditions.

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Governor Mike Pence this evening will officially announce his reelection bid at the state Republican Party’s spring fundraising dinner.

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Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, says the Export-Import Bank, which provides financing to help companies ship products overseas, is critical to the health of the U.S. economy.

Donnelly says he’s fearful a group of what he calls “ideologues” will prevent its re-authorization in Congress.

Opponents of the Export-Import Bank, including Tea Party Republicans and conservative groups such as Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, decry it as corporate welfare.

They says it’s a gift of taxpayer dollars to bolster big companies.

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