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Brown new House Ways and Means Committee chairman

Nov 13, 2012
Indiana House Republicans

The Indiana House Republicans have selected a representative from Crawfordsville to lead the powerful Ways and Means committee. Dr. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) will first lead the committee during a budget session.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says his choice for the leader of the Ways and Means committee was not an easy one, and says his pick of Representative Tim Brown was based partially on Brown’s medical background.

“It’s clear that the role of healthcare is taking an increasing role in the Ways and Means Committee,” he says.

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The transition from Governor Mitch Daniels to Governor-elect Mike Pence is underway as Pence has begun to assemble his transition team.

Daniels says his administration is eager to help make the transition a smooth one, allowing the new one to hit the ground running.  Pence began the process by naming his long-time congressional chief of staff Bill Smith head of the transition team.

Pence praised the Daniels team and says his transition will be committed to continuity.

Negele wins IN House District 13 race

Nov 7, 2012

A Republican won the open seat in Indiana House District 13. The district includes all or parts of eight counties: Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White.

Sharon Negele claimed roughly 59% of the vote over Democrat Mark Straw. She says she’s excited, humbled and proud to represent the district.

"I thought it was a very civil race. I really enjoyed getting to know a lot of people in the area, which I never ventured to before, because it's a brand new district. Overall, it was a clean, comfortable race."

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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Gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg briefly launched attacks on each other’s records during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate.  However, none of the candidates used the forum to say things they haven’t already said.

The debate featured questions from Hoosier voters on topics ranging from education, college affordability, the Affordable Care Act and the role of unions.  Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham all repeated ideas and positions they’ve been talking about throughout the campaign.

With Indiana’s gubernatorial candidates set to square off for their first debate Wednesday, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham say they hope it’s a chance for voters to learn more about them.  Both say they don't need to come out of the debate a clear winner.

Several polls in recent weeks show John Gregg significantly trailing Republican Mike Pence, often by double-digit margins.  Gregg says the debates offer him a chance to reach out to a key group of voters - moderate Republicans.

Ellspermann talks jobs during stop in Lafayette

Aug 29, 2012

The Indiana GOP lieutenant governor candidate is touting her ticket's pro-business policies.

Sue Ellspermann participated in a jobs roundtable at Fairfield manufacturing in Lafayette Wednesday morning. She says students of today need to be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Ellspermann says if she and Mike Pence are elected, they would support proposals to encourage college undergraduates to complete their degrees in four years.

She says those in high school need to be made aware of alternatives to college that will still prepare them for the workforce.

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