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Only one sitting Indiana governor has lost a reelection bid since the state amended its constitution in 1972 allowing governors to serve consecutive terms. Some believe Governor Mike Pence could be the second.

One of those people is Kevin Warren, an Indianapolis realtor. He said he had never considered himself politically active, but that changed after Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this spring.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says her gubernatorial campaign did not accept any financial contributions during the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly. 

Campaign finance laws state that the legislative session constitutes a “blackout” period, during which a candidate is not allowed to solicit donations.

Documents submitted on behalf of Ritz’s campaign showed 28 donations received between January 6 and February 23. The superintendent says this was a clerical error and that her team is working to correct it and submit an amended form.

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The private worries of many Indiana Democrats about the 2016 governor’s race are beginning to become public.

For weeks, party insiders have worried on social media and in whispers to confidants that the party doesn’t have a good enough candidate to win the state’s top office next year.

Now, former state lawmaker and congressional candidate Dave Crooks says the latest entrant into the race should bow out.

Crooks says he thinks Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is too liberal to win next year’s gubernatorial contest.

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Education became a much bigger part of the 2016 race for Indiana governor Thursday as State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is throwing her hat into the ring.

The announcement has excited many of those who supported Ritz in her 2012 run for the state’s schools chief  – but others say the former librarian and first-term executive official is stepping outside her wheelhouse.

StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello spoke with Indiana statehouse reporter Brandon Smith about how the lifelong educator can translate her experience into a campaign.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s expected entry this week into next year’s gubernatorial race means at least three Democrats would seek the nomination for governor next year.

Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, says a competitive Democratic primary for governor could be an advantage for Governor Mike Pence or those who challenge him.

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State superintendent Glenda Ritz announced at the end of this year’s legislative session she might consider a run for governor.

It’s looking like that announcement might be coming soon.

After a legislative session full of education bills, including a bill that originally aimed to remove Ritz from her role as chair of the State Board of Education, Ritz expressed frustration with Governor Pence and said she might run for his office to make the education changes she wants.

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Portage Senator Karen Tallian is expected to enter the race for governor this week, giving Democrats a contested primary for the second time in three elections for the office.

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The common construction wage is a kind of minimum wage for construction workers on public projects.  The wage is set for each project by a local board.  In a statement announcing he signed the bill repealing the common wage, Governor Pence says wages should be set by the marketplace, not government bureaucracy. 

He says repealing the system puts taxpayers first.  But opponents of the repeal say ending the common wage will create more economic disparity, driving more public projects into the hands of out-of-state workers.

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Indiana’s 2016 gubernatorial race could be a repeat of 2012 after Democrat John Gregg Thursday announced he’ll run for governor again.  But he might have competition for the nomination this time.

Gregg indicated back in 2013 he wouldn’t seek another shot at the governor’s office, but in the months since, rumors start circulating that the former House Speaker was changing his mind. 

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After losing the 2012 governor’s race to Mike Pence by a closer-than-expected three percentage points, former House Speaker John Gregg may be ready to mount another such campaign next year.

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he won’t run for governor of Indiana again. 

In a statement, the former Indiana House Speaker says he has not stopped working since his electoral loss to Mike Pence last November.  The Sandborn Democrat says he’s met with party leaders and elected officials and planned on being the Democratic nominee for governor in 2016. 

However, now despite what he calls “overwhelming support and encouragement to make another run,” he says he will not seek the nomination, opting instead to focus on his family.

3rd Indiana Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 26, 2012

Republican Mike Pence engaged Democratic opponent John Gregg’s attacks more than in any previous debate during Thursday’s third and final meeting of the three gubernatorial hopefuls. 

Pence has largely avoided going after Gregg, only engaging with him on a few points in the first two debates.  But Thursday, Pence wasn’t shy about matching Gregg’s attacks with his own.  The two sparred most over the federal government’s auto industry loans.  Gregg struck first.

Mourdock takes heat for rape comment

Oct 24, 2012

GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is trying to clarify comments he made during Tuesday’s second and final debate regarding abortion and rape. 

When asked his position on abortion rights, Mourdock said he only supports abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.  He went on to say life is a gift from God.

“And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

None of three men running for governor gave any new policy details in their second debate Wednesday night.

As in the first debate, Democrat John Gregg often referenced his bipartisan record as Speaker of the Indiana House. Libertarian Rupert Boneham stuck to his theme of promoting himself as not being a career politician, but a businessman trying to bring openness to state government. Republican Mike Pence cited his Roadmap for Indiana as the way to take the state from good to great.

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